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Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf

 

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

The Crossrail Place Roof Garden is a 300-metre enclosed garden which opened in 2015 that sits above the new Crossrail Station in Canary Wharf. 

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

The unique latticed timber roof design by Foster + Partners spans 310m along its length It is filled with 780 triangular pillows which are continually filled with air. The roof allows air flow and natural irrigation to reach the plants in the roof garden.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

The gardens have been planted with species from all corners of the globe, The designers have tried to draw on the area’s heritage, planting plants that are native to countries visited by ships of the West India Dock Company, which used to unloaded their cargo in the area where the station now sits.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

The gardens sits almost exactly on the Meridian line and the planting is arranged by hemisphere. Asian plants such as bamboos, Japanese maple, magnolia to the east, and plants such as ferns,strawberry Tree, and sweet Gum tree from the Americas to the west.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

Within the Roof Garden is a 60 seater performance space and features a number of sculpture in and around the garden. 

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

The Crossrail Place Roof Gardens have free admission and are open daily to the public until 9pm (or sunset in summer).

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