London’s First Floating Park Is Now Open
While the Garden Bridge may have been given the old heave-ho by Sadiq Khan, there is another leafy oasis alternative in London which has just opened to the public. Sat on top of the Grand Union Canal in the Paddington Basin is the glorious new Floating Pocket Park.
The new 730sqm Floating Pocket Park will provide a striking green public space on the waters of the Grand Union Canal. It comes with open lawn areas and densely planted nectar-rich mixed raised borders and communal seating, as well as decked platforms and walkways if you’re just after a leisurely stroll around the Paddington area.
The park’s gardens were design by Tony Woods, who led the project by constructing interlocking pontoons made from recycled materials. As well as providing a covered space for events and installations throughout the summer, the floating space will also encourage birds and water fowl to feed and nest there with a separate designated pontoon.
As well as being a place to sit and enjoy your lunch and the surrounding flower beds, the Floating Pocket Park also comes complete with Wi-Fi access and its own canal boat mooring for anyone bobbing down London’s most picturesque waterway.
The Floating Pocket Park is open now at Merchant Square, a short walk from Edgware Road tube station. The park is planning some awesome events over the course of the summer, including the likes of a pop-up gin and cocktail bar for World Gin Day on 10th June 10, and a programme of fitness classes running from mid-June. Head over to the Merchant Square Website to check out the schedule.