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Crossrail Place Gardens

Attractions, Parks and gardens Canary Wharf Free
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
The Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Time Out says

These stunning rooftop gardens are a leafy oasis in one of London's busiest districts. In the 19th century, trading ships from around the world would dock in this area, and the planting reflects its rich history with flora drawn from across the globe.

By: Time Out editors



Address: Canary Wharf

E14 5AR
Transport: Tube: Canary Wharf
Price: Free
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The Crossrail Roof Gardens isn’t something you would expect to find within the finance district of Canary Wharf. This place is hidden away and offers a place of calm and serenity amongst the chaos of the city and it a lovely place to escape too if you happen to be within the area. It has been well designed with East meets West themes with plants originating from all over the world, it pays homage to the areas the ships of the West India Dock Company visited may years ago and many of the plants found here have origins from those parts of the world. The fact that cross rail place lies in close relation to the meridian line the landscape here has been carefully considered to reflect this and the types of plants are arranged to what hemisphere they would be found in.The lattice roof structure allows plenty of natural light through and there is a single meandering pathway running through the gardens situated high up above the station. There are several benches and spots to sit around the place and is even a performance space that sometimes hosts events and film events throughout the year. At the end you can find Giant Robot which offers a great covered street food market if you’re looking to grab some drinks and food nearby.


The Crossrail Place building looks like a boat from the outside, but inside it’s a multi-level mixed-use building with a good selection of restaurants on the ground level and a rooftop garden with an exhibition space. The roof unfolds and opens to the air at the end of the building, creating a very interesting space. It is definitely one of the better rooftop gardens I’ve seen. A beautifully designed green space in the heart of bank-centric Canary Wharf.

The futuristic connecting bridge is also worth a visit!


A nice rooftop garden public space. Some parts are covered but others are open to the elements. All good whatever the weather basically. There is seating here and there and also art exhibitions dotted about which change every now and then.

It's a nice spot for a sit down but to be honest I'd choose a large park for my lunch break over this space. I guess there's not many parks around Canary Wharf though so this space is fab for the local businessmen to take a breather.


Free to visit, these roof-top gardens are located in the midst of the sprawling Canary Wharf mini metropolis. Given the number of restaurants and offices nearby (including the fairly new Giant Robot Street Feast), this is great place to eat your lunch and people-watch at the same time (pin-stripe suits are everywhere). The added bonus is that there is also a Big Easy located at the end of the gardens, with a balcony overlooking Canary Wharf.


An urban garden nestled in between all the Canary Wharf hustle and bustle. It's a perfect place for workers to sit for lunch and enjoy the day. It has open air areas and is covered in others so you can relax there whatever the weather.


Walked right out of Big Easy and found this lovely space. What a beautiful space in the middle of all that metal!

Beautiful venue with greenery all around. It's a gem of a place right in the heart of the financial center. Lovely restaurants all around and great place for community activities and performances.


After watching the Fifteen Billion Pound Railway TV programme all about Crossrail, I really wanted to see the finished Crossrail Place for myself. It didn’t disappoint - with it’s very unique semi-open air geometric domed ceiling (kind of complicated to describe!) and so many varieties of plants, it makes for a great escape from the concrete, glass and steel that is Canary Wharf. There are lots of places to sit, meandering paths and even a small performance area with a piano there for anyone to play. If you’re needing a place to read or eat your lunch in the area, I can’t think of a better place to go. 


Mysterious at night, and probably nicely airy during the day, given the partially open roof. It's like a little sister to the roof garden at the Walkie Talkie. This one is long and narrow, with a bit of space for seating. You could stroll through in less than 10 minutes. It's a nice vantage point from which to see the rapidly changing Canary Wharf area.

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