Measuring 350sq m and standing 21m high, the wall is packed with a collection of 20 herbaceous plants including buttercups, crocuses, strawberries, lavender, spring bulbs, and winter geraniums, which will ensure the wall is in-bloom all year round. It graces a side wall of the Rubens, as well as that of sister properties, Hotel 41 and the Bbar and Restaurant
As well as providing an aesthetic boost to the surrounding Victoria area, the wall also boasts significant environmental benefits including attracting bees, butterflies and birds; improving air quality; and reducing the risk of urban flooding.
Malcolm Hendry, general manager of the Rubens, said: "The buzz about the Living Wall is palpable. People are stopping to admire it, take photos of it and generally wonder what it's all about.
"But the wall has a very serious purpose beyond just looking great - we're excited to be able to positively impact the people living and working in, as well as the huge amount of visitors passing through."
To celebrate the launch of the living wall, the Rubens - located opposite Buckingham Palace - is offering a garden-inspired afternoon tea featuring wild strawberry cheesecake, lavender cupcake and rose petal macaroon, for £29.50 per person, alongside a selection of cocktails using elderflower, mint and lemon verbena.
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