Tuesday 6th October – 30th meeting of 2015
Today we went to explore Canary Wharf to look at the new Crossrail Place Roof Garden. We meet at London Bridge and took the Jubilee line to Canary Wharf. The Jubilee is one of the new arms of the Underground and is very fast with smart trains and stations alike! The journey was just three stops that took us under the Thames and it took just a few minutes. Fabulous!
When we came out of Canary Wharf station it seems you are in another world. So many skyscrapers. The area is very clean and full of business people busily rushing from one building to another. The buildings here are amazing. Very spacious and pristine.
A short walk to the HSBC building and we found the Crossrail Place Roof Garden. It has been built on top of the Canary Wharf station where the Crossrail service will run which will connect north and south London and service the suburbs. You enter through a long tunnel which I thought was a bit space-aged. You are then at the entrance to the garden.
It has been designed by Foster and Partners and is a beautiful space that reflexes in the planting the history of the docks with plants from East and West that would have been brought here in the boats that used the docks. It is set out with lovely wide pathways and in a way that takes you through the garden into a 50 seated Performance Area. This is used by local people and school children and is managed by The Space Theatre based in Isle of Dogs. While we were there a group of school children were using it.
The building has a semi open-air timber lattice roof which lets in light and rain and gives a feeling of the open air. The trees, plants, flowers, herbs and spices were lovely. Each section had information on the plants and where they originated.
I liked this area and I think preferred it to the Garden on top of the Walkie-Talkie building. It has a really nice feel about it with benches placed here there and everywhere and is very tranquil. I am sure the office workers will appreciate this area to sit and have lunch or maybe a small meeting or two!
We made our way back to Canary Wharf but stopped in one of the many eating houses for a coffee. A quite quirky cafe called The Breakfast Club! We enjoyed a drink and chat and then made our way home after a pleasant morning in a very modern part of London!