Friday, 28 July 2017

The John Lewis Rooftop Garden

Disclaimer - This post is in collaboration with John Lewis and content featured in this post may result in a payment should a sale occur

Earlier this week, I was kindly invited by John Lewis to visit their rooftop garden at their flagship store on London's Oxford Street. I've been inside so many times but I'd definitely never been on the roof before, and I was really excited to see what it looked like! The John Lewis Gardening Society have, for the second year, transformed what I only can imagine was a dull concrete roof into a quintessential English paradise complete with a pub, a pavilion, a herb and flower garden and private summerhouses. I immediately forgot that we were above Europe's busiest shopping street and spent the most perfect afternoon thinking I was in the countryside. Read on to find out more...

The Rooftop Garden
The rooftop garden has been designed by Tony Wood, a RHS national young garden designer of the year winner. It will also hold a number of events over the next eight weeks including gardening tips, a Liz Earle workshop and wake up London workouts. 

The Summerhouses
If you are planning to eat on your visit, private summerhouses are available to book. Ours was beautifully decorated with gardening memorabilia, maps, blankets and a handy doorbell to press if we needed anything!
To book a summerhouse, check out the booking page


The Food
Slow Cooked Octopus Taco
Sticky Beef Taco
Spiced Sweet Potato Fritters
Tempura Aubergine Taco
Lotus Seeds
White Rose Cocktail
Spritz Cocktail
Caramel Ice cream
A number of restaurants are taking charge of the Rooftop Garden over the next few months. For my visit, Foley's from Fitzrovia was at the helm, serving up Middle Eastern and Asian inspired dishes using British produce. My absolute favourite dish was the Slow Cooked Octopus taco which I happily could have eaten all day!

What We Ate

Lotus Seeds
with dried kaffia, cayenne pepper and paprika

Spiced Sweet Potato Fritters
with grilled pineapple, cured red onions and saffron coconut curry

Tempura Aubergine Tacos
with burnt jalapeno, asparagus, kohlrabi, feta and poppy seeds

Slow Cooked Octopus Tacos
with black sesame mayo, spicy pork mince, bok choy and housemade sriacha 

Sticky Beef Tacos
with avocado lime puree, daikon and cucumber somtam


The Beauty Edit
The latest John Lewis beauty edit is all about the sun-kissed look and so I thought I would pick up a couple of items to see if I could get the look too! The inspiration from the edit is taken from Mediterranean getaways (which is useful because I've just been on one!) and I'm definitely going to be recreating my holiday look throughout the rest of the summer. 

The first thing I got was the Lancôme Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick as I'd only heard good things about them. I chose the colour Vintage Beige which is a beautiful dusky rose colour which I think looks really pretty with a bit of a tan. However, I'm always looking to enhance my tan and so the next thing I bought was the Benefit Sun Beam Complexion Enhancer which I'm ashamed to say that I'd never heard of before! The second that I tried it out I was sold, blended on the cheek and brow bones it gives the most beautiful golden highlight. The last item I picked up was a bareMinerals loose pigment Eyecolour which you can apply dry for a more natural, summer daytime look or use a wet brush for a more dramatic evening eye. I'll certainly be trying out the products thoroughly over the next few days so look out for a blog post on that!

The John Lewis Gardening Society rooftop is open 7 days a week until the 24th of September 

Have you visited the John Lewis Rooftop Garden before?



  1. Such a cute place perfect for a summer weekend get together!


    Tamara -

  2. very beautiful garden, yummy food and fabulous products
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    have an happy day

  3. it looks so pretty! the green is o cozy!
    the food looks very delicious - I feel hungry now!
    nice products as well

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  4. Beautiful..xx, Neha

  5. What a dreamy space! And the food all looks so amazing too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Lovely place and delicious food!
    Kisses, Paola.

  7. Such a beautiful garden! I love it. <3
    The Fancy Cats

  8. Gorgeous photos - the garden looks beautiful and the food looks delicious too!

    Heather xx

  9. Such a beautiful place to visit.

  10. It looks so cute there, that food looks so yummy

  11. Thanks a lot :D

    OMG this place is absolutelly amazing :o super cuuute

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  12. Wow! The place looks so cute! The food is mmmmmm delicious!
    Maggie Dallospedale

  13. This rooftop garden looks like the perfect place for summer drinks

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  14. Wow what a great opportunity to be invited there! I love roof top gardens :) x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

  15. Oh wow, the John Lewis rooftop garden looks lovely under the sun! I visited back at Christmas and it was so beautiful by night, with a mulled wine in hand :) Love your beauty picks by the way, especially the Lancôme shaker.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Estella Bartlett Jewellery Giveaway (Open Worldwide!) x

    1. Thanks Gabrielle, I'm definitely going to go back at Christmas! x

  16. This looks so nice! If I still lived in London I'd 100% go!
    Amy xx

  17. It looks amazing. Lovely inages dear.

  18. Such a lovey place! I Iike this kind of idea - a rooftop garden ;)

  19. What an awesome place to hang out! =)
    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  20. Such a lovely place to spend some time at!
    Beautiful photos and nice post!
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | DIY & Lifestyle Blog

  21. Amazing! Have a great new week.


  22. Wow, I can't believe it is a rooftop garden! Everything looks so wonderful including the gardenhouse you had. It is fantastic that you can rent this houses. Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful post - the food was obviously yummy, too :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  23. Beautiful graden

  24. Looks amazing! The food looks so good! Have a great start to your week. Gemma x

  25. So cute!

  26. Wow, they really did an amazing job at creating a nice peaceful ambiance on the rooftop! I love that it has more of a relaxing feel than a party feel, call me a grandma, but I love to just sit back and relax over some good food and wine ;) Thanks for sharing and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far, girlie!



  27. Goodness, what a beautiful place! Love the photos x


  28. such a cute place!!...and great pics.:)

  29. If you hadn't mentioned that this was a rooftop garden I would have never have guessed that this beautiful garden was on top of a building. I'm really digging the private summerhouses that you can book and the foos looks so yummy.

  30. I really like you :)
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  31. Really wonderful Rosanna!!!

  32. Love how it looks. It would be awesome to have a garden like this on a roof of my building :)

    Happy Wednesday!


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