I’ve been looking for an alternative to the Sky Garden for a while now. It’s not that I don’t like the Sky Garden, but I really don’t like the Sky Garden. And thankfully, my prayers have been answered because I have finally found a place that I’m happy with recommending.
Located on the 9th floor of the Post Building in Holborn you can now enjoy views of London any day between 10 AM and dusk. For free … and without having to book.
Public Roof Garden In The Middle of Central London
You could guess from the name that the building has something to do with the post, and you’re right! Before it was derelict for over 20 years, it was a Royal Mail sorting office. There is a short history overview in the entrance hall. Now it has become a mix of offices, retail spaces and well … a rooftop with a view over London. There were a lot of issues with the sale of the building and as an agreement a public rooftop garden was promised.
What To Expect At the Free Public Garden?
When you get to the New Oxford Street entrance you’ll be buzzed in. Once you’ve signed in you’ll go through a quick security check and then you can take the elevator upstairs. There are lockers so you can leave any big bags downstairs.
Upstairs you’ll see foliage, green and views of London! The hidden rooftop has one of the best views in London, public views that is, because there are some great private and corporate ones we plebs can’t get to. It’s great for spotting places you know as well: from the glass roof of the British Museum to office buildings I used to work in.
It’s also not a huge space, but the different walking levels and paths make it look much bigger. Calculate 20 – 30 minutes for your visit, depending on how many photos you want to take really.
How Green Is It On Top of The Roof Garden?
As it’s late September, the green isn’t in full bloom. Plus it’s the first season so we have to wait to see what that will be like in spring, at least the bees have found their way up there. But you won’t be visiting for the green and flowers in the garden part. For that, you should head to Crossrail Place Roof Garden.
You want the views, and the views you’ll get:
Bloomsbury with the British Museum, Senate House and the BT Tower.
Holborn and the new skyscrapers of the City
London Eye and south of the River
Other Things You Need To Know Before Visiting
Yes, there are also toilets up there.
Please note that you can’t bring up drink/food and that you need a photo ID to sign in!
There is no smoking or animals (except service dogs) allowed.
What To Do Nearby The Post Building?
Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and the British Museum are all close by. For lunch and/or a coffee check out some of my favourite nearby spots.
You can find The Roof Garden in Bloomsbury/Holborn, with the public entrance on New Oxford Street.