Hiding in plain view on a rooftops on the Southbank is ‘The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden’, One of the prettiest and most peaceful places in the area. If you’re on a date nearby then it is well worth a visit to this secret little haven.
Designed by the Eden Project the roof garden is open daily from 10am to 10pm April through to October (depending on weather) and it is one of the best kept secrets along this busy tourist stretch.
Providing fantastic panoramic views of London along the Thames, it is a mini green oasis in which to relax and get away from the crowds on the riverside path below. With troughs full of wildflowers, mini allotments, trees and a lawn you can sit amongst the flora with a jug of Pimms and while the day away.
The cafe bar is run by ‘Company of Cooks’. It serves small salads, sandwiches, snacks and cakes and is on the pricey side but that’s no great shock considering it’s unique location.
The rooftop garden is a wonderful romantic setting if on a date; ideal for having a drink before catching a show at The National or a film at the BFI. To find this little gem, simply climb the yellow spiral staircase at the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Roof Gardens on the Southbank Website
Google Map Link for the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Gardens
Closest Tube / Rail: Waterloo / Embankment