BOOKING’S OPEN: discover the best secret gardens in London at the Open Garden Squares Weekend this summer
Booking is now open for London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend. Step into the secret gardens of London this summer, from top private yards to the last community garden in Covent Garden. For one weekend in June, the public will able to explore hundreds of hidden spots across the capital, which you might have never known existed.
Highlights include Crossbones Memorial Garden, the single women’s burial ground, as many of the Bishop of Winchester’s ‘geese’ are buried here – women who worked as prostitutes under licence from the Bishop of Winchester. As you walk in, look up: the highlight of the garden is its stunning ‘goosewing’ entrance way.
Another Open Garden Squares regular is the striking No.1 Angel Lane. The City development boasts panoramic views of the Thames from the Nomura Roof Garden. The sixth floor terrace is the size of a whopping eight tennis courts, with delicate water features and an award-winning kitchen garden.
Our favourite garden in London is Phoenix Garden, which you can visit this year. Smack in the middle of the gridlock of Shaftesbury Avenue theatres, Phoenix Garden dates back to the 12th century and is the last of the Covent Garden community gardens. Pay a visit to escape the frantic main streets and discover the curious range of urban wildlife that have taken shelter here, including blackbirds, kestrels, woodpeckers and the West End’s only frogs.