Guided Walks

Saturday Sunday

Our guided tours are always very popular and this year we are excited to be able to increase the number of walks on offer. Guided walks are mostly led by experienced and friendly City of London, City of Westminster and Blue Badge Guides. They are a great way both to visit some of the popular gardens and to explore secret gardens. The themed walks include generally open gardens, not participating in the Weekend; but they are a great way to learn about London's important gardens.

The Open Garden Squares Weekend team would like to thank all the guides from the City of London, Camden and Westminster Guiding Associations who voluntarily plan and lead these walks for visitors.

Saturday

Fame, fortune, infamy and tragedy - the other story of Belgravia, London's most exclusive neighbourhood

10:30

Richard Bielby and Lulu Martyn-David

Saturday 10:30–11:45

Now fully booked

Our walk will enjoy the architecture but will also look behind the façades as we hear stories of scandal and crime as well as heroism and philanthropy.

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The History around City Open Garden Squares.

10:30

Stephen Welsh

Saturday 10:30–11:30

Now fully booked

A walk around some of the best gardens in the north of the City explaining the history of the institutions around those gardens.

Further details  »

Lost Gardens of St James’s

10:30

Anthony Davis

Saturday 10:30–11:30

Now fully booked

This is a walk centring on some gardens that are no longer there!

Further details  »

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Carlton House Terrace Gardens

Queenhithe – Rise and fall of a medieval port

11:00

Tina Baxter

Saturday 11:00–12:00

A riverside walk to include the 30-metre-long Mosaic celebrating Queenhithe Dock.

Further details + booking  »

The Gardens of Regent’s Park - Outer Circle

11:00

Richard Cohen & Jo Wilkinson

Saturday 11:00–12:15

Now fully booked

See some of the most beautiful Nash Terraces on the Outer Circle and their gardens.

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The Royal College of Physicians

The Phoenix City within a city - how one dramatic night of the Blitz reshaped the Barbican

11:00

Sandy Warr

Saturday 11:00–12:00

December 29th 1940 saw what became known as the ‘Second Great Fire of London’, when the blitz laid waste to much of this part of the city.

Further details + booking  »

Garden Squares of Bloomsbury: The Plants, the History, and the People

11:00

Jennifer Daley

Saturday 11:00–12:00

Now fully booked

Along the route we will discuss the different squares, their history, and the interesting people who have lived on the squares throughout history.

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Mecklenburgh Square

I Giardini della City

11:00

Claudia Colia

Sabato 11:00–12:00

All'interno dello Square Mile ci sono circa 200 spazi verdi, la maggior parte con il proprio patrimonio e di straordinaria bellezza.

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Le rovine della chiesa di Christchurch Greyfriars nella City

People and places – tales from the City

11:00

Alistair Maydon

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Let's dip our toes into 2,000 years of history, discovering along the way stories of Lord Mayors of the past.

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Remains of the ancient London Wall in the Noble Street Garden

Southwark gardens and its ‘hoppy’ past – with added Dickens, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Keat

11:00

David Morgan

Saturday 11:00–12:00

Southwark today belies its colourful and influential past.

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‘June in Bloom’: Green spaces for City Dwellers.

11:00

Cathy Chivers + Sian Whittaker

Saturday 11:00–12:00

Now fully booked

On this walk we will explore the gardens made to refresh overcrowded Clerkenwell through the ages.

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A City of Spires

11:00

Linda Hamer & Debs Kellard

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

This walk takes in some of the churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren and their beautiful churchyards and includes St Paul’s Cathedral, his greatest masterpiece.

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Their Trade Was Treachery: Spies in London’s Squares

11:00

Jack Yeomanson

Saturday 11:00–12:30

Now fully booked

In 1981 a sensational book called ‘Their Trade is Treachery’ by investigative journalist Harry Chapman Pincher was released claiming that Russia had infiltrated MI5 at the highest levels. A number of enemies have called the squares of London home during their lives. This walk travels through their stories and how they aimed to harm Britain.

Further details  »

Stories of Smithfield

11:00

Lina Nicolli

Saturday 11:00–12:00

The Smithfield area has been a fateful destination for many famous, and infamous, figures in history.

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West Smithfield Garden

The Greening of Kings Cross

11:00

Peter Twist

Saturday 11:00–12:00

Now fully booked

The development at Kings Cross is now on the map and fast becoming one of the most attractive places to work and visit in London.

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Beech Garden, Barbican

11:00

Sandra Lea

Saturday 11:00

A new garden, designed by Prof. Nigel Dunnet (creator of the Olympic Park gardens), highlighting the special needs of a container garden in a difficult environmental situation.

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Beech Garden

Old Roots New Shoots: a walk through some of Bloomsbury’s many gardens.

11:00

Stella Geddes

Saturday 11:00–12:00

Now fully booked

Recorded in the Doomsday book and named after a Norman landowner, how did Bloomsbury develop from open fields to the inner city area we see today?

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Russell Square

The Secrets of the Gardens – what the gardens tell us about the City of London past and present

11:00

Alison Woollard

Saturday 11:00–12:00

Now fully booked

There is a wide variety of plants and trees and you will learn about the history of the City going back to Roman times as well as the people and institutions which make it so fascinating.

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Poets, Playwrights, Printers and Publishers – a Literary Stroll in the City

11:00

Duncan Crole

Saturday 11:00–12:00

The City has a long association with the written word.

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Water, Fire and Renewal

11:00

Eric Large

Saturday 11:00–12:30

We will Walk from the Monument to St Paul’s Cathedral following the river path alongside the river Thames.

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Las joyas verdes de la ciudad de Londres:

11:00

Hugh Dennis

Sábado 11:00–12:00

Hoy vamos a deleitarnos con dos de las joyas de Londres: sus rincones y sus espacios verdes escondidos.

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Marylebone Gardens, Squares and Courtyards

11:00

Naomi Hemans

Saturday 11:00–12:00

Now fully booked

On this meander through Marylebone you will find out about its famous characters, fascinating history and architecture.

Further details  »

Nic’s Secret garden – a day in the life of a City Gardener

11:00

Nic Guerra

Saturday 11:00–12:00

A walk and tour led by Nic Guerra, one of the most experienced City of London Corporation gardeners.

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Blooms, Bombsites and Burial Grounds

11:30

Linda Dalton

Saturday 11:30–12:30

The most intriguing thing about the City of London is its secret gardens and hidden green corners.

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Cleary Garden

A green rooftop walk in the City

11:30

Dusty Gedge

Saturday 11:30–14:30

Now fully booked

This highly popular walk will visit the unique green spaces that are created on the rooftops of City buildings.

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World War One - Walk of Remembrance

12:00

Emmanuel Lebaut

Saturday 12:00–13:30

A walk through Whitehall – the heart of British government where the Great War was born as a global conflict and the subsequent human cost is most poignantly remembered.

Further details + booking  »

Nic’s Secret garden – a day in the life of a City Gardener

12:00

Nic Guerra

Saturday 12:00–13:00

A walk and tour led by Nic Guerra, one of the most experienced City of London Corporation gardeners .

Further details + booking  »

The Phoenix City within a city - how one dramatic night of the Blitz reshaped the Barbican

13:00

Sandy Warr

Saturday 13:00–14:00

Now fully booked

December 29th 1940 saw what became known as the ‘Second Great Fire of London’, when the blitz laid waste to much of this part of the city.

Further details  »

Ada Salter - Beautifying Bermondsey

14:00

Sue McCarthy + Oonagh Gay

Saturday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

Ada Salter was a local politician, who believed that ‘the cultivation of flowers and trees is a civic duty’.

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The story of Regent's Park from King Henry VIII’s hunting ground to public pleasure park

14:00

Susie Fairfax Davies

Saturday 14:00–15:15

Now fully booked

Hear about the development of the park over the last 500 years, from its origin as Middlesex Forest to its place today as a popular central London pleasure park.

Further details  »

Stories of Smithfield

14:00

Lina Nicolli

Saturday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

The Smithfield area has been a fateful destination for many famous, and infamous, figures in history.

Further details  »

The Greening of Kings Cross

14:00

Rhona Levene

Saturday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

The development of Kings Cross is now on the map and fast becoming one of the most attractive places to work and visit in London.

Further details  »

Lost Gardens of St James’s

14:00

Anthony Davis

Saturday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

This is a walk centring on some gardens that are no longer there!

Further details  »

City Writers

14:00

Verity Greaves

Saturday 14:00–15:00

This walk will be a good jaunt through some of the sites of where writers have left their mark including a cemetery, church and an architectural complex.

Further details + booking  »

Nic’s Secret garden – a day in the life of a City Gardener

14:00

Nic Guerra

Saturday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

walk and tour led by Nic Guerra, one of the most experienced City of London Corporation gardeners.

Further details  »

World War One - Walk of Remembrance

14:30

Emmanuel Lebaut

Saturday 14:30–16:00

A walk through Whitehall – the heart of British government where the Great War was born as a global conflict and the subsequent human cost is most poignantly remembered.

Further details + booking  »

A green rooftop walk in the City

14:30

Charles Fentiman

Saturday 14:30–17:30

Now fully booked

This highly popular walk will visit the unique green spaces that are created on the roof tops of City buildings.

Further details  »

Their Trade Was Treachery: Spies in London’s Squares

14:30

Jack Yeomanson

Saturday 14:30–16:00

Now fully booked

In 1981 a sensational book called ‘Their Trade is Treachery’ by investigative journalist Harry Chapman Pincher was released claiming that Russia had infiltrated MI5 at the highest levels. A number of enemies have called the squares of London home during their lives. This walk travels through their stories and how they aimed to harm Britain.

Further details  »

Sunday

The Home Front: City Life in the Great War

10:30

Emmanuel Lebaut

Sunday 10:30–11:30

Now fully booked

Gardens may not be what you expect to find when you relive the Great War in the City of London.

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Quirks and wonders of Bloomsbury

10:30

Emmanuel Lebaut

Sunday 10:30–11:30

Now fully booked

The walk takes in the iconic gardens and architectural wonders of Bloomsbury, and conjures up the buoyant and scandalous times of the Bloomsbury set.

Further details  »

Mainly Cubitt – the garden squares of Pimlico and Belgravia

10:30

Stephen Benton

Sunday 10:30–12:00

Now fully booked

Home to some of the best known garden squares, Pimlico and Belgravia were developed in the first part of the 19th century on land mostly owned by the Duke of Westminster.

Further details  »

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Warwick Square in Pimlico

Squares of Belgravia

10:30

Lou Cohen and Philippa Hanscombe

Sunday 10:30–12:00

Now fully booked

The squares of Belgravia remain some of the most desirable addresses in Westminster and have been lived in by dukes, prime ministers, ambassadors, actors, poets and authors.

Further details  »

Queenhithe – Rise and fall of a medieval port

11:00

Tina Baxter

Sunday 11:00–12:00

Now fully booked

A riverside walk to include the 30-metre-long Mosaic celebrating Queenhithe Dock.

Further details  »

Beech Garden, Barbican

11:00

Diana O’Reardon

Sunday 11:00–12:00

A new garden, designed by Prof. Nigel Dunnet (creator of the Olympic Park gardens), highlighting the special needs of a container garden in a difficult environmental situation.

Further details + booking  »

The Greening of Kings Cross

11:00

Rhona Levene

Sunday 11:00

Now fully booked

The development of Kings Cross is now on the map and fast becoming one of the most attractive places to work and visit in London.

Further details  »

Holland Park & Kyoto Garden Walk

11:00

Yannick Pucci

Sunday 11:00–12:00

Now fully booked

From a traditional Japanese garden to the ruins of Holland House, come and explore the history of Holland Park.

Further details  »

Four Marylebone Squares – Cricket to Art Collecting

11:00

Alan Hovell

Sunday 11:00–12:00

Now fully booked

A walk covering four scenic Georgian squares, running nearly the full length of Baker Street.

Further details  »

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Bryanston Square

Southern Gardens of the Blitz

12:00

Marilyn Greene

Sunday 12:00–13:00

Now fully booked

Starting with Jubilee Gardens, we will discover the gardens in the south of the City which were created from bomb sites. We will learn about what buildings they replaced and also learn of discoveries that the bomb sites revealed.

Further details  »

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St Dunstan in the East

In the Steps of the Rich and Famous

12:00

Malcolm Dick

Sunday 12:00–13:15

In the steps of the Rich and Famous can only be Hampstead!

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Squares of Belgravia

13:30

Lou Cohen and Philippa Hanscombe

Sunday 13:30–15:00

Now fully booked

The squares of Belgravia remain some of the most desirable addresses in Westminster and have been lived in by dukes, prime ministers, ambassadors, actors, poets and authors.

Further details  »

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Chester Square in Belgravia

The Gardens of Regent’s Park - Outer Circle

14:00

Richard Cohen & Jo Wilkinson

Sunday 14:00–15:15

Now fully booked

See some of the most beautiful Nash Terraces on the Outer Circle and their gardens.

Further details  »

Quirks and wonders of Bloomsbury

14:00

Emmanuel Lebaut

Sunday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

The walk takes in the iconic gardens and architectural wonders of Bloomsbury, and conjures up the buoyant and scandalous times of the Bloomsbury set.

Further details  »

The story of Regent's Park from King Henry VIII's hunting ground to public pleasure park

14:00

Susie Fairfax Davies

Sunday 14:00–15:15

Now fully booked

Hear about the development of the park over the last 500 years, from its origin as Middlesex Forest to its place today as a popular central London pleasure park.

Further details  »

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St John's Lodge Garden in Regent's Park

The Greening of Kings Cross

14:00

Peter Twist

Sunday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

The development at Kings Cross is now on the map and fast becoming one of the most attractive places to work and visit in London.

Further details  »

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Gasholder Park

Holland Park & Kyoto Garden Walk

14:00

Yannick Pucci

Sunday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

From a traditional Japanese garden to the ruins of Holland House, come and explore the history of Holland Park.

Further details  »

Four Marylebone squares – Cricket to Art collecting

14:00

Alan Hovell

Sunday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

A walk covering four scenic Georgian squares, running nearly the full length of Baker Street.

Further details  »

Old and new biodiversity in the City

14:00

Licia Sisalli

Sunday 14:00–15:00

The walk will look at the way historical sites have been adapting to nature.

Further details + booking  »

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St Mary Aldermanbury

Marylebone Gardens, Squares and Courtyards

14:00

Naomi Hemans

Sunday 14:00–15:00

Now fully booked

On this meander through Marylebone you will find out about its famous characters, fascinating history and architecture.

Further details  »

Horticulture and the Law

14:30

Anne Marie Craven

Sunday 14:30–15:30

Now fully booked

The gardens of the four Inns of Court, the bastions of the legal profession, are hidden treasures close to the City of London.

Further details  »

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Gray's Inn

Mainly Cubitt – the garden squares of Pimlico and Belgravia

14:30

Stephen Benton

Sunday 14:30–16:00

Now fully booked

Home to some of the best known garden squares, Pimlico and Belgravia were developed in the first part of the 19th century on land mostly owned by the Duke of Westminster.

Further details  »

The History around City Open Garden Squares.

15:00

Stephen Welsh

Sunday 15:00–16:00

Now fully booked

A walk around some of the best gardens in the north of the City explaining the history of the institutions around those gardens.

Further details  »