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  • Suzie Lemos

5 Public Places to visit in London this September

London’s public places are frequented throughout the year but mostly during the summer, tourists and visitors come to experience what this great City has to offer. With so many people enjoying the use of parks, squares, streets and open-air events, we look at the top 5 Public Spaces to visit the capital this Summer

1. Pop Brixton

Home to independent start-ups, a thriving local community has blossomed in this unique public space in South London. The innovative project includes a vibrant and inexpensive shopping destination for both residents and visitors alike. Located close to Brixton station, the pop-up campus was created from low-energy, low-cost shipping containers with a focus on being environmentally friendly. Designed with Carl Turner Architects, Max Fordham’s work included environmental and building services design and planning guidance for the project.

pop brixton - south london

Pop Brixton– Carl Turner Architects (Click image to view more)

2. King’s Cross Central

The master plan for King’s Cross Central laid out by Allies and Morrison, is set in one of London’s well-known industrial heritage sites. A network of public open spaces – streets, lanes, squares and parks permeate the urban blocks and make connections beyond the site.

Kings Cross Central Development - Allies and Morrison

King’s Cross Central – Allies and Morrison (Click image to view more)

3. More London

More London also known as London Bridge City includes the City Hall, The Scoop Amphitheatre, office blocks, shops, restaurants, cafes and space for pedestrians. The master plan and the buildings in the scheme are designed by Foster + Partners. The public realm which includes The Scoop, a fountain and green spaces were designed by Townshend Landscape Architects. The place has frequent outdoor exhibitions and cultural events. Recently, a statue of Jeff Goldblum was on display at Potters Fields Park.

London Bridge City Scoop Amphitheatre

More London– Townshend Landscape Architects (Click image to view more)

4. Three Mills Green

Heritage, ecology and recreation were the key ingredients to Three Mills Green success. Highly commended by The Landscape Institute Awards in 2012, Churchman Landscape Architects have designed a scheme that provides a new vision for the Lea River Park. 

The heart of the project is found within the flexible and recreational use of the space, framed by a sculpted earthwork. Its versatility provides opportunities and offers an on-going usage for the community and those who are interested in the space.  Local festivals, events and performance are just a few examples.

The natural playfulness to the open space is what makes it vibrant. Playgrounds and grass discs are linked as though they’re part of a sequence, a distinctive contrast inviting people into the recreational space.

Three mills green - Churchman Landscape Architects

Three Mills Green – Churchman Landscape Architects (Click image to view more)

5. The Cutty Sark Conservation Project

One of Greenwich’s Royal Museums most distinctive attraction is The Cutty Shark, also known as the world’s only surviving tea clipper. Built and launched in 1869, the 18th-century boat embodies the importance of tea trade, as well as speed.

Highlighting the hull shape which defines the craft, Grimshaw Architects restored and provided a new dry berth for the clipper, raising the boat 3m higher. The new elevated ship enables visitors to explore the original interior of the cargo-carrying vessel and walk beneath the copper-clad hull.

Adding into the mesmerising experience is the accessible and educational visitor space, enabling individuals to enjoy a coffee and further visitor amenities.

Cutty Sark Conservation Project - National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The Cutty Sark Conservation Project – Grimshaw Architects (Click image to view more)

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