Back home after a couple of days with Elder Daughter and a visit to Wisley yesterday, my last morning included brunch (not tea) with her in the Tea Terrace overlooking the roof garden above House of Fraser in Guildford, Surrey. The gardens were designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe, one of the twentieth century’s leading landscape architects, in the 1950s.
Inspired by the launch of the first Sputnik, the satellite which sparked the space race, the original design with its curved lines and circular shapes used to include a waterfall which disappeared over the parapet down to lower floors, although the latter no longer exists. The garden fell into disrepair in the 1980s but has been restored and many plants replaced in the spirit of the original. Although dry and mild today, overnight rain meant the outside tables were not in use but we can look forward to taking tea there in the summer and appreciating the view over Guildford and the North Downs.