While this title seems a total paradox, in the metropolis of London it’s a reality. Maybe this feature is what I like the most (save for the endless shopping possibilities of course :)). Somehow this kind of escape was managed to get a reality. At one moment you stand in the biggest traffic jam in the middle of the City and the next you’re walking between trees, flowers and plants and squirrels (a lot of squirrels) without hearing any of the noise of a big city. Really, it’s unbelievable.
We was never against of a big walk in a nice park in a city, and while in Budapest the Varosliget is an absolute favorite and the biggest option, here you can choose from a lot. There are the well known green areas like the Hyde, Regent, Green, St James Park or the smaller but beautiful Holland Park. We visited all of these on the first week when we arrived which doesn’t mean we can’t visit them again but something new is always good. And London has so much things to see.
Not so long ago I found an article about London’s green areas and there was this roof garden at High Street Kensington which seemed a nice and rare option. So we thought why not? We love the whole Kensington area anyway. So we dressed up comfortable and decided to commute to Notting Hill and take a pleasant walk from there to High Street Kensington.
Actually we visited some stores there too but this time not because of me. I never ever go shopping for me with my husband. It just doesn’t work. But on the other side he cannot really go without me and now he was ready to look around. We tried to find a shorter mac. And guess what? We couldn’t. Who knew it’s impossible to buy a simple waterproof jacket for men in The City of London? Ok, we didn’t spent too much time on it but still, I’d think it’s easier than that.
After this rather disappointing experience we had stopped to eat something and went to the roof terrace. There is no fee but we had to give our name and show our ID. I’m not sure what for but that doesn’t really matter.
This is the view when you arrive. Nothing extra yet but you can bet they have the good stuff for later. Anyways, it’s so nice to have any kind of garden on the roof, isn’t it? 🙂
And just how we had expected, as we was walking further, it got better and better. Here you have some Japanese influence with pink flamingos, trees with mauve leaves and colorful ducks. And of course the unmissable Japanese style bridge.
This is what I wore. Nothing exciting, the motto of this day was as comfy as it gets with Nike Roshe Runs, a striped top, high waisted jeans and khaki parka.
But back to the garden. The best thing is – I think – you can have events to organize here which turned our fantasy immediately. How lovely a summer wedding or ‘just’ a midsummer night party could be here. Well, if you have the money for it I guess. 🙂
My favorite part. It’s like a Spanish Paradise with palm trees, flowers and buildings. We had such lucky with the weather. When we had left it was still pretty cold and gloomy but when we got here it got so much better. Even the sun was shining. 🙂
See? Like a hacienda! At least how we imagine one as we’ve never been in Spain or Mexico.
There was also a Moroccan inspired room. It was nice but not fully set up so the outside of it with these beautiful yellow flowers was much more interesting.
It was such a nice experience. Especially because we had a really nice weather to enjoy it. Next time I think we’ll spend a lunch here as well because it has a nice view to London. So if you’re there or just don’t know what to do on a nice sunny day, I’d definitely recommend to visit it.
Parka – Mango, top and bag – Zara, jeans – ASOS, shoes – Nike
Hope you enjoyed this post and all the long weekend.
See you tomorrow!