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Southbank Centre’s winter garden grotto on Queen Elizabeth Hall roof

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The rooftop garden at the Queen Elizabeth Hall - one of the success stories of this summer's Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations - has reopened with a winter twist.

Southbank Centre’s winter garden grotto on Queen Elizabeth Hall roof
Southbank Centre’s winter garden grotto on Queen Elizabeth Hall roof
The grotto is covered in bracken, holly, ivy and logs
Southbank Centre’s winter garden grotto on Queen Elizabeth Hall roof
Step inside the grotto for an audiovisual installation created by talented young people
Southbank Centre’s winter garden grotto on Queen Elizabeth Hall roof

A winter garden grotto, designed by Bernadette Roberts and built by gardeners from Grounded Ecotherapy, has been added to the rooftop space.

The audiovisual installation inside the grotto was created by the Hayward Huddle, a group of 16 to 19-year-olds who meet at the Hayward Gallery, in collaboration with artist Erica Scourti.

The rooftop cafe is serving mulled wine and winter snacks and the garden is the ideal antidote to the busy Christmas market down on the Queen's Walk.

The garden will play an important role in next summer's Festival of the World, Southbank Centre's contribution to the London 2012 Festival.

The winter garden grotto is open daily until 31 December (except Christmas Day).

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