First community garden on the Underground, created on a disused platform in 2015 by a partnership between Friends of City Gardens and Transport for London. Planting mimics the dynamics of acceleration and braking of trains. Pre-booked tours only.
A unique green space on the Barbican Estate, this garden is actively managed by City Gardens and tended by Barbican Wildlife Group volunteers to enhance wildlife and to provide a peaceful place for residents and friends to enjoy nature.
Two roof gardens, one inspired by Asia and the other by Europe. Herbs and fruit trees, used in food produced by the kitchens.
An exemplar for planting for biodiversity showing the wide range of plants which can be grown successfully in a garden throughout the year. Unusual and exotic plants as well as garden favourites.
A small part of the original garden, purchased by the Drapers' Company from Henry VIII in 1543. Gates, walls and railings, designed by Stephen Dykes Bower, date from the 1970s.
Once just a blank corner of the roof amongst the plant and machinery, now growing a variety of edible and ornamental plants using a mix of containers and recycled items. Also beehives and amazing, iconic views across London.
Community food-growing space in disused playground, comprising 42 boxes for growing a range of produce and wildlife-friendly plants. Tea, coffee and cakes.
Roof garden with two lawns and multiple planted beds with an English country garden feel. View overlooking the river Thames from Tower Bridge all the way down to the London Eye.
Prize-winning garden with raised beds for 17 local people growing a variety of vegetables on a previously neglected site. Fruit trees and bushes, shrubs, flowering plants and a communal herb bed.
Grounds of chapel built in 1778 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, originally part of the cemetery where early Methodists are still laid to rest. Experience life inside Wesley's House, brought to life by re-enactors.
Vast roof terrace with panoramic views of the Thames and professionally managed formal gardens. Award-winning kitchen garden managed by volunteers, producing vegetables and edible flowers.
Small park formed from a churchyard and laid out as a public garden in 1880. A touching wall of Doulton tablets records the heroic deeds of ordinary men, women and children who lost their lives to save others.
Homelessness charity offering accredited gardening training and growing produce served to rough sleepers. Lush courtyard garden, secret rooftop allotment and apiary. Garden tours, refreshments.
Cloister garden planted with medicinal plants and herbs to reflect the work of the Knights Hospitaller and recalling the former gardens of the medieval Clerkenwell Priory. Pop-up café, create a medieval soap ball, children's trail.
A patch of green in a densely urban environment. A haven for birds. A small space to pause and be refreshed. A modest tribute to the late Cardinal Basil Hume.
Two contrasting community garden spaces - a tranquil roof terrace garden and a brand new food growing space built on a concrete car park.
Originally opened in 1981 and redesigned as a knot garden by David Hicks FRSA in 1995. Bordered by Roman/medieval city wall. Further developed in 2017.
Award-winning garden on the site of a churchyard and college dating from the 12th century. Both were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and not rebuilt. Privately owned, this unique space combines traditional and more contemporary elements.
Known as the Walks, the gardens were first laid out by Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626). A number of surviving Indian bean trees were grown from slips brought back from Virginia in America by Sir Walter Raleigh and planted by Bacon.
Part of the Inns of Court lying between Fleet Street and the Embankment. The magnificent high border overlooks lawns interspersed with mature trees. Continuously developed borders display an unusual variety of herbaceous plant combinations.
Quiet and hidden garden on a plateau over 17th-century catacombs. Planting suitable for dry conditions.
Hidden courtyards, a sunny square where tender species survive, and a vegetable and cutting garden. In the main garden, a fine medieval hall forms a spectacular backdrop for a planted terrace and lawns sweeping down to the river. Refreshments.
Garden of remembrance on the site of a burial ground for licensed prostitutes. Stunning 'goosewing' entrance and honey-coloured Cotswold limestone walls. 'Feminine' pastel shades decorating the edge of the garden. Garden tour.
A delightful historic garden belonging to the private residence of the Dean of Southwark Cathedral. Secluded and hidden from the bustle of tourists, a peaceful haven for wildlife.
A beautiful Victorian garden in the heart of Southwark. Octavia Hill's flagship project for environmental and social schemes in 1887, restored as an 'open-air sitting-room' by Bankside Open Spaces Trust in 2005 with Heritage Lottery funding.
A quiet oasis of tranquillity in a vibrant part of London, located next to Borough Market and the Shard. Monastic-themed herb garden and planting with Shakespearean and biblical connections.
Gated community garden just 100 yards from the river Thames. Wildlife pond, raised herb and flower beds. The space is enjoyed by local residents, who also take part in gardening events. A real oasis of peace in the heart of Bankside.
One of the newest gardens in the City of London, bringing a modern horticultural approach to the grade II-listed Barbican Estate.
A garden on the site of the Franciscan Church of Greyfriars, first established in 1225. The garden mirrors the floor plan of the original church.
This garden was the 2007 Loire Valley Wines Legacy Garden, redeveloped with vines and aromatic plants. Two terraces lead down to an intimate lawn.
Claimed to be the most beautiful public garden in the City. An imaginative planting scheme among the ruined arches of the church bombed in WW2. A scene of romance and peace.
Recently refurbished churchyard of medieval church rebuilt in the 15th century. Final resting place of Samuel Pepys and William Turner, 'the father of English botany'. Recent replanting includes several plants associated with Turner.
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