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Unique floating garden in Paddington makes an ideal out-of-office space

London’s first Floating Pocket Park has opened in Merchant Square, Paddington. The

new, 730-square-metre park in Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal provides a

striking green public space on the water, with its own canal boat mooring.

It features an open lawn area, mixed raised borders and communal seating. There’s

also an independent wildlife island, planted with native waterside plants to encourage

birds and waterfowl to feed and nest.

The design of the park allows people to walk over the water on a series of decked

platforms and walkways, while a contemporary shelter provides support for plants and

shade for visitors, as well as the opportunity for events.

The park was designed with the area’s corporate tenants and residents in mind. The

estate’s super-fast, free Wi-Fi encourages mobile working and meetings out of the office

environment, for which the park is perfect. GoBoat self-drive electric boats are also

available to hire for up to eight people and can be used to explore Paddington, Camden

and Little Venice by water, or act as unique floating meeting rooms to encourage

innovative and creative thinking.



People, places and happenings

around the CityJet network


In May, boutique hotel chain Artist Residence

added a fourth property to their line-up, this

time a rural retreat in Oxfordshire. A fresh

take on a countryside inn, the new hotel is a

16th-century thatched farmhouse-turned-

pub with five en-suite bedrooms tucked away

in the eaves, in the town of South Leigh. The

Artist Residence team has brought its brand of

English bohemia to the property, with copper

bathtubs, upcycled produce crates, old signs and

mishmash textiles. The cosy pub is complete

with log fire, and on-site restaurant, Mr

Hanbury’s Dining Room, focuses on creating

dishes with wild, local and homegrown produce,

with Head Chef Leon Smith working his

culinary magic. A perfect spot for a break from

the bustle of the city, with more rooms being

added in the near future.

Doubles from £130 a night



The average Briton will jet off on

holiday this summer knowing only

eight words of the destination

country’s language, according to

research by hire car company Holiday

Autos. ‘Hello’, ‘yes’, ‘thanks’, ‘no’

and ‘good morning’ make up the

top five most commonly-known

words or phrases, with ‘Can I have a

beer?’ coming 14th on the list. Two-

thirds of respondents claimed to be

embarrassed by how little effort Brits

make, with 27 per cent admitting to

making none at all, citing “everyone

speaks English” as an excuse.

“This research highlights that Brits

don’t make huge amounts of effort

when it comes to learning languages

when planning a holiday in country

abroad,” said Holiday Autos. “Saying

that, if, of those eight words that

the average adult knows is ‘please’,

‘thank you’ and ‘good morning’, you

can’t go far wrong.”