In Pictures: London's Newest Sky Garden

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 30 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

HHGeek

It'll be interesting to see how having 2 cinemas (the other being a UGC) within 10 mins' walk of each other works out.

Hobart Calling

This article is a bit harsh, I think. At least Crossrail/Canary Wharf Group are trying. After all, they could have simply put more shops up there and not bothered at all. I suspect you are right though and it will improve as the plantings mature. Anyway, I am still looking forward to seeing the site when I visit next year. Love the Star Wars link to Canada Square, though!

MattFromLondonist

I walked through on Thursday afternoon. Not many folk up there, but quite a few two-people business meetings making use of the space. It felt like exactly the sort of place Harry Pearce might attempt to turn a foreign agent in Spooks.

Hobart Calling

An interesting little factoid about the Sky Garden - Crossrail Place sits right on the Greenwich Meridian and to reflect that location plants on the eastern side are mostly bamboos and of Asian origin while on the western side, ferns and American style plantings proliferate. Well, I found it interesting...

Francesca Fenn

I was there on Thursday afternoon as well, and was charmed by the roof garden. I love the roof braces being wooden - and new, so the garden smells of wood at the moment. I agree about seating - hopefully more will be put in in time. It's another slightly surreal part of this slightly surreal area. Decent size, too. A positive addition to Dockland area.