Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf

Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]idden under the glossy skyscrapers of Canary Wharf is an absolute gem. Completely free to visitors, and at the moment littered with art celebrating the Paralympics, the Crossrail Place Roof Garden is must-see.

Crossrail should be open in 2018, and is a super highspeed rail link, through central London, between Reading and Abbey Wood and Shenfield. I’m excited for it to open for no particular reason, but I’m obviously going to take a little trip on it sometime. Probably only from one central station to another, possibly back to Canary Wharf for the Crossrail Place Roof Garden. Having not been to the Sky Garden, that old blogger hotspot, I can’t really compare the two. I absolutely loved wandering around the garden after a pretty tasty Carluccio lunch on a blistering 28 degree day.

It’s also worth the trip just to take the DLR because it’s rally bloody cool and is my favourite way of getting about in London – not that I get to do it much. There’s no proper driver (correct me if I’m wrong) so you can sit right at the front and watch where you’re going like some kind of tame urban rollercoaster. It’s cool. Trust me.

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Possibly the best thing about the Roof Garden, is that all of the views are upwards, rather than straight out the windows. If you look along the horizon you really do only see building sites and the Wharfs and not a lot else. Upwards, however, are the buildings of Canary Wharf. It’s cool. It’s fascinating to see the city from a different perspective: through trees and leaves, rather than from a tube exit escalator. I’m obsessed with the way light works with plants, and adding the sparkling glass of the banks and office buildings just added a new dimension. I couldn’t help but stare upwards. It feels like you’re floating in a weird little garden pod.

As you’re in the middle of the banking world, there are are also a few bars and restaurants in the station. The most noticeable is a Big Easy, with a glowing neon sign and fabulous view into the dockyards. While I’ve never eaten there, I’m assured it’s great, and can definitely recommend the location!

This is another post where I’m just going to let the photos do the talking. I’ve edited them in the way I usually edit my instagram photos so they’re pretty crisp and awesome. The blues and greens and blacks are perfect (if I do say so myself).

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12 Comments

  1. 11th September 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Great photos. I love this place, so much nicer than the Walkie Talkie’s Sky Garden.

    Lisa | Not Quite Enough

  2. 11th September 2016 / 6:29 pm

    This place looks so beautiful! Your photos are stunning, as always!

    Katy / Katy Belle

  3. Laura Torninoja
    11th September 2016 / 7:14 pm

    I’ve never heard of this place but it looks amazing! It’s definitely going on my list. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  4. 11th September 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Such stunning photographs – must visit here soon, looks beautiful!

    Lucy | Forever September

  5. 11th September 2016 / 11:06 pm

    I haven’t been here! I always hesitate going to Canary Wharf because it stresses me out being in the middle of a financial district LOL. I know it’s dead quiet on the weekend but still… I did go to Sky Garden but it wasn’t *that* impressive so you didn’t miss much. I came back from Kew today though, and that was super! You’d love that, I think…

    Cherie | sinonym

  6. 12th September 2016 / 9:42 am

    This looks so pretty! Next time I am up in London, I’ll have to stop here.

    Meg | Elmpetra

  7. 14th September 2016 / 11:51 am

    Sky Garden is amazing about the view on the city, but thus also looks great. I’m adding it to my to-see list.

    xxx

  8. 16th September 2016 / 11:39 am

    hey Imii, I was here last weekend, my friend told me about it. She said there’s a roof garden and it’s never busy haha. I really like the new bridge though, great photo op! I do want to go back to and eat at Ippudo though 🙂

    Hanh | hanhabelle

  9. 11th October 2016 / 10:49 pm

    This is such a pretty place, I didn’t even know it existed! Love your photos xx