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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

People enjoying the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden at the Southbank Centre
Philautia Weekend Festival of Love credit Southbank Centre / Katherine Leedale

Welcome to London's very own secret garden

Nestled on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Roof Garden is a haven, home to over 200 wild native plants, a luscious lawn, views across London and our Cafe & Bar.

Since it opened in 2011, this peaceful space has become a much-loved feature of the Southbank Centre, especially on sunny days.

It's the ideal spot to lose yourself in a great book, or to work remotely surrounded by nature. 

The Roof Garden Cafe & Bar offers speciality coffee, savoury and sweet snacks, cold beer and a selection of premium wines. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy classic summertime drinks, or discover a new range of unique cocktails inspired by the garden’s herbs and flowers.

The garden, originally a partnership with the Eden Project, was built and continues to be maintained by a team of incredible volunteers alongside our head gardener, Paul Pulford, founder of Grounded Ecotherapy, a pioneering recovery programme.

You can find out more about Grounded Ecotherapy and our year-round Arts & Wellbeing programme below.

Learn more about Grounded Ecotherapy

Opening times

The Roof Garden is closed until spring 2024

On-the-go essentials

Three folded checked blankets
Recycled Stripe Large Blanket


A metal straw and a pink case
The Last Straw


A pair of yellow sunglasses
Izipizi Sunglasses