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Crossrail Place Roof Gardens, London

London's newest roof garden

London's newest roof garden

Rupert Bentley-Smith

Crossrail Place Roof Gardens are a tropical roof garden and leisure complex designed by Foster + Partners which sits above the new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf in London. This urban garden opened to the public this summer and is a popular and welcoming public space. The aim of the roof gardens was for them to connect the east and the west, much like Crossrail itself.
When I wondered through one sunny morning i felt very removed from the Canary Wharf I know so well. The plants are unique and the design of the roof is quite exquisite - many of the plant species that feature in the garden are indigenous to countries that were explored during the 19th century by trading shops that used the docks in Canary Wharf. The garden will of course become more rustic over time and in fact grow in to itself, but being able to visit and use the gardens at this early stage of its life feels rather special. I urge Londoners (and visitors) to make a visit and continue to visit the roof gardens and see them evolve.
For Canary Wharf residents and workers the roof gardens are an incredible place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf life. Although the area is designed as a walk through, there are some areas to sit and take in the scenery. An fantastic new edition to Canary Wharf and indeed London.