Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Houses of the Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge – London is known is known for landmark buildings and architectures. But did you know that there’s more the city than these touristy places? Yes, take the road less taken and discover the prettiest secret gardens in London for to get away from the crowds and the noisy traffic of the city.
Just around the cathedral of St. Paul’s is the shaded, tiny Postman’s Park, perfect for some alone time with a good novel and cool drink on hand. The park was so called because it was once a popular hangout place for workers from the Old General Post Office just located nearby. The park has a few wooden benches encircling a Victorian memorial, commemorating men and women who heroically died saving others.
St. Dunstan’s in the East Ruin Garden
During the Second World War, the medieval church of St. Dunstan’s Cathedral in the East was reduced to an empty shell when it was hit by a bomb. It was never rebuilt and nature soon begun to reclaim it, covering the ruins with climbing plants that create verdant curtains on its glassless windows. Today, the ruin houses a dramatic garden where office workers usually while away time and eat their lunches.
Inner Temple Garden
Tucked within London’s Inner Temple, is one of the city’s four Inns of Court. It three-acre wide garden bordered with herbaceous lawns and blanketed with sweeping, verdant lawns, creating a beautiful and tranquil place to while away time and enjoy some good conversations with friend and romantic time special someone. The garden is open to the public for less than three hours each weekday, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
Fenton House Garden
If Hampstead Heath is too crowded for you, just some minutes away is the Fenton House, a 17th-century merchant’s house with charming walled garden, lawn, orchard and vegetable garden. The place is great for family picnic or afternoon tea.
Photos by: gwire, Ruth Hartnup, Matt Brown