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Farmopolis on the Jetty

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.

Famopolis on The Jetty

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.

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Photograph by Joe Hulbert

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).

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Photograph by James Wicks

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).

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Photograph by Joe Hulbert

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.

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www.farmopolis.com