Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf
Open every day to the public during daylight hours, this Roof Garden is a peaceful haven and a far better spot to tuck into a spot of lunch than your desk. Turned on its side, Crossrail Place is taller than the Shard end to end and the space is brimming with exotic plants from across the word, with each quadrant representing a different hemisphere — a nod to the merchant ships that once travelled across the globe to trade in West India Dock. It's covered too, so if it rains, your sarnies won't get soggy.
Cardinal Place, Victoria
Nestled away from the much trodden streets of Victoria, Cardinal Place Roof Garden sits above the hustle and bustle of one of the city’s busiest commuter hubs. The space is ideal for those who are looking for a quick lunch or coffee. They have special foodie events and do Wimbledon screenings too.
St Dunstan-in-the-East, City of London
Created in the 1970s from a bombed out church destroyed during the Blitz, St Dunstan-in-the-East is a garden blessed with sacred peace. Its ruinous surrounds make for the perfect spot to ruminate on the impermanence of everything while you chew on a cheese and onion sandwich from Tesco.
Camden Lock canalside
Few locations are as good for people watching as Camden Lock. Old punks, crusties, hipsters, rock star wannabes, barges, tourists, suits, old, young, you name it — they'll all here. The braver people tip toe across London's last remaining twin lock and sit on the island between the two. As you munch lunch, ponder the fact scenes from James Bond film Spectre, The Interceptor and 24 were shot here.
The Phoenix Garden, Soho
Home to the West End's only frog population, The Phoenix Garden is a fantastic space to get away from the hustle of Soho. Opened in 1984, it is a natural space, which undergoes very little maintenance — and that's the way they like it.