Crossrail Place Roof Garden, London

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#45 of 100 in Parks in London
Stroll through an elevated oasis of greenery amidst steel and concrete at Crossrail Place Roof Garden, rooftop public gardens covered by a timber lattice glass roof. Stretching in a giant glass tube for more than 300 m (984 ft), this densely planted site features trees and plants with many seating areas and pavilions. Asian plants are planted in the East, while American plants are in the West. A 60-seat performance space inside the garden provides opportunity for various artists to entertain the crowd. Put Crossrail Place Roof Garden into our London trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 9, 2017
    This is a true oasis in the city. Well worth a stroll through and there are eating places near by. Good for a rainy day.  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Beautiful, open air garden in the middle of Canary Wharf. It is a nice place to relax or just pass through. It smelled like forest after the rain! There are restaurants at each end of the garden.  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Beautiful few minutes just walking through and enjoying, walking out of our way just to experience it, really worth it  more »
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  • Semi-enclosed roof garden, a little natural paradise in urban Canary Wharf. Occasionally the small event area has entertainment. General place to hang out or maybe find a seat to have a packed lunch.
  • Lovely roof garden with places to eat on both ends, can't wait till the new station fully opens.
  • Very pleasant garden to walk around. Not so good places to eat & drink at either end. Note that you cannot get to the ends of the crossrail except via access through these restaurants.
  • The Crossrail Place Roof Garden is an open-air garden populated with plants native to countries visited by the West India Dock Company, a trading company which used the three docks located in the Docklands up until the '60s. The garden is divided into plants from the Eastern and Western hemispheres, primarily because Crossrail Place sits on the Prime Meridian. This being an open-air place means that the garden is exposed to the elements. It is a great place to get away from the busy-ness of Canary Wharf - sometime I find I need a lot more the longer I work here - although there being no shelter, it isn't quite as suitable a place to escape to during the winter or when it's raining. There is the occasional theatrical performance which takes place in the small amphitheatre at one end of the garden, and you can sometimes find a photo or art exhibition dotting the path through the garden. Unfortunately, with all the tall skyscrapers around, you never really feel like you've escaped, as all you have to do is look up and you'll see a tall office building.
  • Nice place especially on sunny day. There is a food court and some nice restaurants near by.

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