Tuesday 29th May – 21st meeting of 2018
The weather has been very unpredictable of late so when we met today at Charing Cross, we decided to stick with our planned day to visit the garden on the roof of John Lewis and hoped that the forecast of rain was wrong!
Just six of us today due to holidays and the fact that it was the children’s half-term school holiday. We caught a 139 bus which gave us a lovely view of London. From Trafalgar Square to Oxford Street was a fantastic ride and the views of the wonderful buildings superb. Flags adorned the roads and really add to the splendour of London!
Once in Oxford Street we walked to John Lewis and went to one of their cafes for a drink. Tea cost £2.80 and is a pot of tea which gives 2 and a half cups of tea – so quite good value!
The roof garden opened at 12 o’clock so we went to catch lifts to the top to view Summer of Sound on The Roof. The whole scheme is organised by The Gardening Society of John Lewis and offers a fantastic area for music, food and entertaining during the Summer months.
We wandered around looking at the plants that are housed in all manner of containers, old tin baths and sinks, pots, wooden planters and I particularly liked pots that were housed on an old step-ladder. Although I say ‘old’ I think probably they were new just made to look old which gives the whole area a warm friendly feel. The floor is covered in Astroturf which is lovely and soft and nice to walk on. Alongside hydrangea, lavender, roses, and many flowers are herbs and grasses. The whole area is beautiful. On a lovely summer’s day this would be a fabulous place to sit with a drink relaxing listening to music but today was not that type of day! In fact as we were talking to one of the staff about all the herbs that were there it started to spit of rain so we made our way back into the store.
One thing that struck us all was the amount of cranes that could be seen from the roof showing that London is still changing and growing and that things never stay still in our capital!
We had a little look around the store and a couple opted to spend more time shopping while the rest of us made our way home in the rain and thunder and lighting that followed!