Ikea have opened a rooftop terrace above their Greenwich store offering views across London alongside a planned event space.
Around a third of the roof is accessible to the public beside a roof-top cafe area.
The rooftop was closed upon the store’s opening in February with last-minute tinkering on site. It’s now open and accessible to all. The surrounding wall is pretty tall so views are limited unless you’re tall or can clamber onto seating for a better view.
Canary Wharf is visible to one side and a swath of south east London the other.
The terrace is a little bit hidden from inside the shop. From the main restaurant area keep an eye out for a sign pointing to stairs and a lift upwards located to the right of the tills.
Upstairs is another space to eat and drink and doors to the roof. Hard wearing external furniture is in place including sun loungers. Plants and wild flowers are here too, and the space will be used for open air classes in future.
From here we can see across London and numerous development sites in the area. One of the most prominent is 330 flats in Charlton at Victoria Way.
River Gardens is visible beside the Thames and Enderby Wharf. There’s 455 flats coming.
Hundreds of flats at Greenwich Square Phase 2 are also just about viewable. In 2016 plans were approved to increase the total number of flats to 686 from 645.
Downstairs also offers a view of Greenwich Millennium Village’s latest housing which are creeping ever closer to the store.
The terrace was lightly used when I visited – probably as the spot was closed for some time after the store opened and not obviously signed. Hopefully this post doesn’t ruin this respite from the meandering interior displays down below.
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