The Ismaili Centre Roof Garden is one of London’s hidden gems. The serene setting of this beautiful courtyard style garden draws from the traditions of Islamic faith that have inspired outstanding buildings for many centuries throughout the world.

The chaar-bagh (four-part) garden, delineated by a central fountain, and channels of water, draws inspiration from the Qur’anic Garden of Paradise. Sheltered yet open, it combines granite and greenery with geometry, symbolism and the sound and flow of water.

The Ismaili Centre, London is part of an international family of Ismaili Centres, this is the first religious, cultural and social space for the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community in the West. From the serenity of the entrance fountain to the remarkable roof garden, it draws upon Muslim traditions in architecture and design while remaining conscious of its context. Visitors are treated to a sanctuary of calm amidst the bustle of the city below.

The Ismaili Centre Roof Garden was shortlisted by London Open Gardens organisers to be one of the 15 gardens filmed this year for their virtual event. The broadcast will go live on Saturday 12th June at 5.30pm and will be available on demand until 12th July. Click here to find out more about the event.

You can watch this short tour of the Ismaili Centre Roof Garden from last year: