Our next sketch date will be Tuesday 6 November (apologies for the short notice, due to other commitments) when we will be going to the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf.
We will meet at 11 o’clock (in the garden, it does not look too big).
This is a new public space above the Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf, and it is an exotic garden park several stories above the new railway, mainly enclosed by a deeply contemporary glass roof. Entrance is free. Lots to draw in the roof structure which is a sort of longitudinal geodesic dome, and the plant material which includes big tree ferns. The garden is divided into two sections, one containing plants from Australasia, and the other plants from China and Japan. An opportunity for plant studies if you do not want to go for the garden in the sky picture. Please have a look at this website to get an idea of the set-up: https://landezine-award.com/crossrail-place-roof-garden/
For the geography of Canary Wharf, there is a map down the page here: http://www.londontown.com/LondonInformation//Crossrail-Place-Roof-Garden/4f93a/
From Canary Wharf tube station (Jubilee Line)
Take the large escalator up from the ticket hall. Turn right out of the main exit and walk through Reuters Plaza past the clocks. Walk straight ahead through the set of glass doors underneath the steps, and continue straight through until you come back outside. Walk through Adam’s Plaza and the entrance to Crossrail Place is in front of you. Go up the escalators to the Roof Garden.
From Canary Wharf DLR
Take the exit on to the North Colonnade. Opposite One Canada Square there is a bridge leading you into the first floor of Crossrail Place. Continue up the escalators to the Roof Garden.
There is something called a giant robot next door which offers street food of various types https://canarywharf.com/eating-drinking/directory/giant-robot/
Upper Level -1 Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AR We have not checked, but feel sure that there must be loos in the Giant Robot or somewhere in the approaches to the Roof Garden, as they do performances in the Garden.
We suggest that you wrap up warmly, as there are gaps in the roof, so it may be draughty and a bit chilly. There are benches, but you may want to bring a sketching stool. If it turns out to be too cold, we will probably be able to sketch amongst the eateries in the Giant Robot.