As the clocks spring forward into British summer time and the weather starts improving, take advantage of the longer summer days by heading to the Floating Pocket Park in Paddington Basin, on the Grand Union Canal.
The first of its kind, this 700 square metre floating park at the heart of Merchant Square is an eye-catching, green public space that fits perfectly into the innovative, award-winning urban area it joins. Designed by esteemed, award-winning garden designer Tony Woods – member of The Garden Club and former Royal Horticultural Society Young Garden Designer of the Year – this bright, chic, peaceful oasis offers welcome respite from the chaos and business of the surrounding city.
Visitors can stroll around the open lawn areas, enjoy stunning floral centrepieces and gardens, or, on sunny days, relax in the spacious decking area – complete with canopy! See the canal as never before as you walk over the water on specially designed decked platforms and walkways; and, with all pontoons made from recycled material, this picturesque park really is green in every sense of the word.
Nature-lovers will feel right at home here: as part of London’s “green infrastructure”, the floating park’s plants have been especially chosen to attract wildlife into this urban area, and there’s even a special pontoon designed to encourage ground-nesting birds. Pop in for as long or as little as you like: simply enjoy a few minutes of peace in the midst of a busy day, stop by for some light refreshment, or perhaps take advantage of the free Wi-Fi throughout the park and make it your new office!
Situated less than five minutes away from the Mercure Paddington, it is a hidden gem not to be missed when you stay with us.
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