A truly hidden gem of London, not known to many is the Crossrail roof top garden in Canary Wharf.
London is known for rooftop gardens, but this one is really unique. Crossrail garden stands on the Meridian line. The garden is hence divided into hemispheres with exotic plants from all hemispheres.
The garden has a spectacular architecture of geometrical glass windows and roof. One can view Canary Wharf, Poplar and West India Quay from the top. The architects who created Gherkin (another popular London landmark) are responsible for this small gem as well.
The plants are really exotic and are well labeled to their country of origin. Tall Bamboo plants from Asia to ferns from Africa, each hemisphere is well represented in the garden. There are benches hidden under the canopy of the plants and some lovely landscaping with tiny rivulets can also be seen.
The garden also has a large space for holding events, shows and musical performances usually in summer. There is a street food joint called Giant Robot as well in the garden.
Crossrail rooftop garden is a tranquil green space in the heart of the financial district of London. Its so beautiful, I have visited it several times and always like spending some time here. Check out the Canary Wharf page for events that are updated here which you can attend in the garden and enjoy an evening out.
Further from here?
You are in the heart of Canary Wharf, the buzzing banking capital of London. Head to some retail therapy at Jubliee Plaza or Canada Square. There are several options for having brunch, a pint of just a coffee. For further walk head to Riverside to enjoy views of Thames.