If you’re looking for a peaceful oasis in London’s chaotic city centre, head to the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden. Originally created in 2011 in partnership with the Eden Project, this beautiful, award-winning rooftop garden is now a permanent, much-loved feature of the Southbank Centre: sitting right on the Thames, it offers stunning views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks.
Free to visit, this verdant haven abounds with wildflowers, fruit trees and allotments – the perfect spot to relax and catch your breath after a busy day in the city. Rustic wooden benches and tables provide a welcome opportunity to rest tired feet; and why not enjoy a refreshing snack or tasty treat from the rooftop bar and café?
Everything about this garden is refreshing and restorative: it was built, and is still maintained, by unique horticultural therapy project, Grounded EcoTherapy. The project provides recovery and rejuvenation for both people and places, transforming neglected urban spaces into luscious green gardens, with its group of volunteers recovering from addiction, homelessness and mental health problems. The garden is fully accessible with lift access, ensuring everyone can enjoy this peaceful environment.
Easily accessible by public transport from the Mercure Paddington, why not take advantage of the long summer days by soaking up some sunshine in this beautiful garden? Open during the summer from 10am to 10:30pm, there’s plenty of time to take in the sights!Book Now