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Ismaili Centre

Ismaili Centre

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On the corner between Thurloe Square and the Cromwell Road lies the Ismaili Centre, with its Islamic-style roof garden.

Description

The Ismaili Centre Roof Garden is one of London's best-kept secrets. The serene setting of this beautiful garden reflects Islamic precedent, drawing from the traditions of a faith that has inspired outstanding buildings for many centuries throughout the world. The chahar-bagh (four-part) garden, delineated by a central fountain, 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. Visitors are treated to a sanctuary of calm amidst the bustle of the city below.