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19 August 2014

See the John Lewis Roof Garden

John Lewis is 150 years old this year, and to celebrate they're holding an exhibition in their Oxford Street store, and inviting us to take in the sun in their Roof Garden until 31 August. Your author popped in recently for an event to promote new festival OnBlackheath and was both pleased that this new place had been opened to the public in the centre of town, and disappointed admiring the view that so few other rooftops in the area seemed to be inviting people onto them.

The Roof Garden has been open since 3rd May, designed by RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year 2013 Tony Woods to include nectar-rich plants such as roses, lavender and wild flowers, and living wall schemes to encourage biodiversity.

For more, see http://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/oxford-street/oxford-street-roof-garden

^Picture © Neil McCrae used under a Creative Commons license^


  1. Roof top gardens are so easy to create and maintain, as can be seen in cities with lots of Bauhaus buildings eg Tel Aviv. In hot climates, families love eating the evening meals on the roof, or having drinks.

    So why do they seem so unusual in British countries, do you think?

  2. I wish I'd known about this earlier