Think Oxford Street and chances are you aren’t going to think of a British garden. You’re more likely to think of too many buses and queues to get into the tube. But maybe it’s time to rethink that because John Lewis’ summer terrace, Gardening Society, is opening for another year, transforming the flagship store’s roof on Oxford Street into a quintessential summer garden.
Decked out with a bird wall, herb garden, water feature and plants including garlic and blackberry bushes, the rooftop is home to London’s smallest pub, The Gardener’s Arms, which measures just 6ft by 8ft. Don’t worry, you won’t all be squashed inside – it has its own garden and much larger bar outside too.
The garden will also be home to summer houses, each with their own private front garden marked out by a white picket fence and bespoke summer scent – so if there is no sun at least you can breathe in the scent of summer. Each taking on a different theme, the summer houses are inspired by everything from 70’s culture and music to travel and motoring. If you have a big group of pals then book ‘The Pavilion’. The largest of the summer houses, it will accommodate up to 10 guests and you can book it for an evening – so if you have a summer birthday, get booking.
Throughout the summer there’ll be three restaurants in residency – right now it’s East London favourite, Morty and Bob’s then it’s the turn of Foley’s before they announce the third restaurant which they are keeping secret for now. It’s not just about eating and drinking though, they will also be hosting the 100 Summer Series, which will see them host the likes of gardening masterclasses, wellbeing workshops, yoga sessions and the recently launched Wake Up London HIIT workout classes with HEX.
Basically, John Lewis is stepping up again this summer (they aren’t just about Christmas you know) to create a little haven for you, above the busiest shopping street in Europe…
The Gardening Society is open now until 4th September 2017