This summer, something rather wonderful is growing amidst the grey new-builds and construction sites of London’s Docklands. Having re-homed the plants and recycled the materials left over from the annual Chelsea Flower Show, Farmopolis is now in bloom.
Proving itself as a much-needed hub of nature and culture on Greenwich Peninsula’s previously desolate jetty, the initiative is thanks to a collaboration between Secret Productions, the co-founders of Wilderness Festival, and Wayward, a leading art-design-farming practice.
Offering year-round literature, music, theatre and more, the Farmopolis programme caters for all the family and ranges from the fantastical (see dream potion-making and Wild Stories by White Rabbit) to the practical (see ceramic tile and cutlery making).
Even if none of the salons, workshops and talks appeal, this is a floating haven for hungry urbanites, with a farm to table café that’s buzzing with super friendly staff. The locally sourced, organic and homemade dishes are courtesy of Kofler & Kompanie, an esteemed caterer that dates back to 1823, and there’s an equally tempting wine list to wash it down with. As I discovered when I went along last minute and missed the boat for the Alain de Botton talk tickets (book early to secure a spot for the more popular fixtures).
When you’re there, you can also apply to adopt one of the former show plants and if your creative application is lucky enough you’ll own a little piece of Farmopolis forevermore, depending on how well you water it of course.