In Pictures: London's Newest Sky Garden

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 40 months ago
In Pictures: London's Newest Sky Garden
Photo by Andy Thornley.
Photo by Andy Thornley.
Looking up through one of the open panels. Photo by Andy Thornley.
Looking up through one of the open panels. Photo by Andy Thornley.
Photo by Andy Thornley.
Photo by Andy Thornley.
There was free booze available during the opening weekend. Sorry, you've missed that now. Photo by Andy Thornley.
There was free booze available during the opening weekend. Sorry, you've missed that now. Photo by Andy Thornley.
Futuristic connecting walkway between the Crossrail station and One Canada Square. Photo by Andy Thornley.
Futuristic connecting walkway between the Crossrail station and One Canada Square. Photo by Andy Thornley.
Outside the Crossrail station. Photo by Andy Thornley.
Outside the Crossrail station. Photo by Andy Thornley.

London's newest garden opened over the weekend, above what will eventually be Canary Wharf's Crossrail station. At the moment the station's just an extension of the usual shopping and eating spaces, like much of the rest of the warren that makes up the area beneath the skyscrapers. But there's an Everyman cinema opening on 15 May, and a second Ippudo coming in June.

But what of the garden? Well, it's definitely more garden-y than the one atop the Walkie Talkie, though that's not saying much. And you don't have to reserve a slot or go through airport-style security to wander round the Canary Wharf roof garden. There are places to pause, but they're more edges of raised beds than benches (this won't be a particularly comfortable place to have lunch). Central paths make it clear this is a pleasant way of getting from A to B rather than somewhere to linger, and it's still quite sterile — we felt as though as were walking through a real-life architect's rendering (the soundtrack of Badly Drawn Boy didn't help).

It should eventually develop into something a bit less glossy, though we're not sure we'll ever get quite used to the bubble-like roof (on sunny days head for the middle, where there's a section open to the elements). As for the trains, they'll turn up sometime in 2018.

Find the new station to the north of the HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch buildings.

Last Updated 04 May 2015