London now has it’s first floating pocket park in Paddington
London ’s first Floating Pocket Park is now open to the public at Merchant Square in Paddington.
The new 730 sq m spot provides a new space on the water, with its own canal boat mooring. It features an open lawn area, densely planted mixed raised borders and communal seating.
The design allows people to walk over the water on a series of decked platforms and walkways with planting designed to sit with the more formal arrangements around the site and introduces softer textural herbaceous plants and grasses as ornamental centrepieces.
The area is home to a number of business buildings, flats gyms and restaurants – so the new spot is somewhere to relax and unwind away from the hussle and bustle!
Andrew Scrivener, Chief Executive at European Land, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see the Floating Pocket Park completed and to have this wonderful new outdoor space at Merchant Square.
The floating park is the first of its kind in London, providing green space for workers and residents and creating an oasis in the West End, offering all Londoners a way to actively reconnect with the canal.”
The main areas of the garden are planted with a mix of wind tolerant grasses that will become animated in the breeze and nectar-rich flowers such as Allium and Salvia.
The garden boasts an independent wildlife island planted with native waterside plants including Great Burnet, Purple Loosestrife and Yellow Flag Iris to encourage birds and waterfowl to feed and nest.
The park has a capacity for 120 visitors and will enhance Merchant Square’s already popular programme of activities and attract London-wide partnerships.
If the beautiful surroundings weren’t enough for you, there’s also super-fast free Wi-Fi available to encourage mobile working and meetings out of the office environment. Merchant Square also has a pretty cool hire system called GoBoat, where you can hire a self-driving electric boat for up to 8 people.
They can be used to explore Paddington, Camden and Little Venice by water, or act as unique floating meeting rooms to encourage innovative and creative thinking.
The Floating Pocket Park is now open in Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal.