Last week I discovered a new haven of peace on London’s Oxford Street.
In the midst of the touristic hustle, bustle and general chaos, wander into the John Lewis store and make your way up to the roof. Surprise, surprise – it is a roof no longer but a beautiful and tranquil garden.
The company is celebrating being 150. What better way to do so than by asking last year’s 27-year old winner of the Royal Horticultural Society's National Young Designer of the Year (Tony Woods) to create a stunning roof garden. These young and old ‘Londoners’ have collaborated to grow the company’s business onto the roof.
The garden will be open all summer so find an excuse to go to Oxford Street and get yourself up there. http://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/oxford-street/oxford-street-roof-garden
Roof gardens have always presented an alluring paradox. An enigmatic collusion between natural and built landscapes, they provide a highly simulated physical environment that nonetheless offers the beguiling promise of sanctuary and escape. In relentlessly urbanised London they have long been popular. From the stunning ornamental roof gardens that adorned Selfridges department store until the Blitz to the temporary gardens created on the roof of John Lewis’ flagship Oxford Street store this summer, they have always offered hidden and tranquil repose from the bustle of city life.