Self-guided Walks

These self guided walks are a great way to visit some of the gardens participating in Open Garden Squares Weekend. They also take in interesting (but non-participating) parks and gardens.

Do check which gardens are actually participating in the Weekend and their opening day and times before setting off. (See list.)

The Kensington Walks

Kensington Square

These two self-guided walks connect most of the squares and gardens in SW5, SW7 and W8 opening for the 2015 Open Garden Squares Weekend. At the same time, they pass through many of the Royal Borough's quiet and attractive back streets.


Notting Hill Gardens and Squares

Ladbroke Square

This self-guided walk connects most of the squares and gardens in W11 opening for the 2015 Open Garden Squares Weekend. It is best followed on Sunday.


Bloomsbury

Bedford Square

This walk explores some of the oldest and most notable of London's squares, from the time of Charles II to the reign of Queen Victoria.

Bloomsbury Squares & Gardens also have a self-guided Stroll through the Bloomsbury Squares (PDF, 41KB).


Upper Chelsea & Belgravia

Wilton Crescent

This walk explores the Georgian and early Victorian garden squares of upper Chelsea and Belgravia.


Jubilee Walkway West

Middle Temple

This circular walk follows the Western Loop of the Jubilee Walkway, with deviations to visit gardens, many of which take part in Open Garden Squares Weekend.

More self-guided walks

Finding your Way

Visit Transport for London's Walking Journey Planner to find the quickest routes or use the links on the right for interactive maps and podcasts covering Islington, the City, Upper Chelsea & Belgravia, and Bloomsbury.

We also provide local area maps in the guidebook that comes with your ticket. We hope that, in conjunction with an A-Z, this will make it easier for you to walk between some of the gardens.

A Legible London sign in Russell Square

The maps are provided by the Legible London Programme. Legible London is a city-wide way-finding system developed and promoted by Transport for London and now being rolled out across the capital.

Legible London is a means to improve pedestrian way-finding across London through consistent information provision in the form of signs and hand held maps. It's the world's largest pedestrian way-finding project and so far there are approximately 900 Legible London signs in place.