Rooftop Garden at John Lewis

A new garden opened in Marylebone this month, and this is how you get there.

John Lewis escalators

If that seems unlikely, bear with me: the garden is on the roof of a shop.  This year, the British retailer John Lewis celebrates its 150th anniversary, and the flagship store on Oxford Street has opened a roof garden.

John Lewis 150 anniversary sign

The planting is lovely, but the main attraction for me was getting away from the busy shop and out into the sunshine and fresh-ish London air.  Drinks are on sale at the rooftop kiosk, for savouring as you sink into the summery furniture.

joe&thejuice john lewis

John Lewis deckchair

To get to the roof garden, head for the cafe “The Place to Eat” on the 5th floor of John Lewis, and follow the signs.  There is also a new exhibition on the 3rd floor exploring 150 years of John Lewis.  There is no entrance fee, nor do you have to buy anything in the shop before you visit the rooftop garden or the exhibition, but if you prefer green space unconnected to shops, just walk round the back of John Lewis, and cross the street into Cavendish Square, where a garden is maintained by Westminster Council.

John Lewis shop paper bag display


12 Comments Add yours

  1. How fabulous is that 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Absolutely fabulous.


  2. pollyheath says:

    Wow, that’s pretty amazing!


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      All shops should have them.


  3. Expat Eye says:

    Now there’s someone who knows how to do a roof garden…


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I guess it’s easy when you can just call downstairs to the shop ‘bring some more compost up on the escalator’.


      1. Expat Eye says:

        Yeah, Latvia couldn’t manage it though.


  4. expatlingo says:

    I miss John Lewis. I shopped a million times at the branch in Cambridge. If it had had a roof top garden, I would have never left.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I was in the Cambridge John Lewis a few months ago, and I was surprised at how well the shopping centre had developed. I remember the old shop when I was a student in the 1980s. It wasn’t even called John Lewis then- it was Robert Sayle.
      Sorry this is the most parochial comment ever. I wanted this blog to be cosmopolitan and international, so I will shut up about local shops, and say I hope you did well in the HSK test!


      1. expatlingo says:

        The John Lewis in Cambridge is international to me! (Funny, in our rental place we had a tea kettle from Robert Sayle).


        1. Karolyn Cooper says:

          OK good, it’s still an international conversation. I like City Super and GrEAT in Hong Kong, and Muji, and the Japanese kitchen section in Sogo!


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