A free rooftop garden has opened in central London

London has gained another public roof terrace, but this one is right in the center of London, offering some pretty impressive views from the 9th floor.

This roof garden, on New Oxford Street, sits atop a 1960s post office sorting center which closed in the 1990s, and apart from occasional artistic uses it stood empty until that it is recently renovated to transform it into a modern office building. . As part of the planning agreement, part of the roof terrace which has been created for office users has also been opened to the public and its visit is completely free.

Enter through a small door at the end of the building on New Oxford Street, and entry is through the usual security checks – but there is also a limit on bag size (615mm x 410mm) and you must bring a photo ID.

A quick elevator to the 9th floor, and out through a lobby door, and damn it, you won’t be looking at this.

The views are very different to those you get from the viewing galleries up high, as you are much closer to the ground, but also just above the surrounding buildings, so there is a mixture of long distance and close up views. plans of familiar buildings.

There is the BT tower standing alone, which is a usual perspective, as it is often seen with other buildings in the background, but here it can be seen as the lone finger sticking out of the ground.

The British Museum dominates the view to the north, there is St Georges, the Senate and the hotels in Russell Square. Turn around and you’ll have a long view of the city and pretty much Canary Wharf. Further south and you can see as far as the antennas of Crystal Palace.

The terrace is staggered, on several levels, as tempting as it is to get out of the elevator and want to take pictures, wait until you go up to the upper level because the view is even better. There is a decent amount of planting in pots, mostly grasses and trees designed to survive the windy aspect. Toilets are also provided, but nothing else – this is a space for quietly enjoying space, not a party place with a bar.

The roof terrace was advertised as part of London’s Open House, but in fact is permanently open to the public every day.

It’s a wonderful little find, and its proximity to the West End gives a delightfully fresh look at a part of London rarely seen from above.

It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or at dusk if earlier) and is free. You can find The Post Building on New Oxford Street, just south of the British Museum. You must be notified by the security guard – there is an intercom next to the door if needed.

The entrance on New Oxford Street

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