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Thursday, 5 June 2014

London's rooftop garden (re)treat

John Lewis is marking its 150th anniversary with a present to customers - the department store has created a public garden on its roof. There, surrounded by colour and scent, shoppers can escape the bustle of Oxford St and enjoy a bite to eat along with a tea, juice or coffee. Peek over the beautifully-planted containers, and there’s a sweeping view across the city rooftops.

The garden was created by Tony Woods, RHS Young Garden Designer of the year 2013. It’s a mixture of traditional and contemporary. Old favourites such as roses and lavender mix with blocks of textural grasses and wild flowers, and the nectar-rich planting has lured in bees, adding their gentle buzz to this urban oasis.
Features include a gazebo with a planted roof, greenhouse, living wall, lawn, and some eyecatching chairs for relaxing.
I’ve been there a couple of times now, and judging by comments in the visitors’ book,  the project has legions of fans. Please John Lewis, can you make it a regular summer feature?

The Roof Garden is accessible through the shop (stairs from the 4th floor) and is open daily 10am – 4pm (Sunday 11.30am - 4pm) until the end of August.

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