As part of a summer festival celebrating old-fashioned seaside vacations in Britain, the Southbank Centre has asked the Eden Project to create several gardens alongside the riverbank. On the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall, real grass spreads out to support benches overlooking the river, along with vegetable containers, flower patches, a vine-covered archway and a little cafe.
They've used several inspirational techniques in the design of the garden and nearby area, too; old tires are painted in bright, summery colors, and serve as cheerful-looking planters, while a nearby staircase is made of wood pallets and uses water from the building's AC to provide irrigation.
Stumbling across this oasis in the middle of a tourist-heavy area was a lovely reminder to stop, seek out and appreciate the green spaces in the concrete jungles we live in.
What are your favorite places to go, in the city, to get a dose of green?