East London Trip


Thames Barrier Park – Allain Provost (Groupe Signes), 2000
Olympic Park – Hargreaves / LDA Design / James Corner Field Operations, 2012
ArcelorMittal Orbit – Anish Kapoor, 2012
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden – J+L Gibbons / Muf, 2009


Thames Barrier Park , Image courtesy of Christopher Bulle

Start the day at Thames Barrier Park where you can enjoy expansive views of the river and the Thames Flood Barrier. This was the first riverside park to be built in London for over 50 years. The Park was designed by Allain Provost (Groupe Signes) of Paris and architects Patel Taylor of London and opened in 2000. The park comprises a large sunken garden with wavy hedges providing a sheltered microclimate and reflecting the profile of an old lock entrance to the docks with the hedges representing waves.

Our journey continues to Queen Elizabeth Park, home of the 2012 London Olympics. The park is the largest new urban park in the UK and representative of the new “green infrastructure” landscape movement. We go vertical with a visit to the top of the 114 meter high Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor, providing  360 degrees views of the park and the new developments at Stratford City and of London! Going down, If you like, ride on the world’s longest, fastest, tallest looping tunnel slide.


ArcelorMittel Orbit [image courtesy of visitlondon.com]

From here we travel north to Dalston Eastern Curve Garden which has been described  as  a ‘meeting place for people and plant’. Created on a disused railway line this garden provides a good example of contemporary open space whose objectives are to provide a place that is ‘productive’ and that is beneficial for the health and well-being of people within the local community.


Dalston Eastern Curve Garden [image courtesy of dalstongarden.org]