A secret garden is everyone’s idea of heaven, but they can be hard to come by in one of the busiest cities in the world. But don’t think the only way you can find a beautiful spot of green in London is by sharing it with tourists and stressed office workers on their lunch break! There are plenty of parks in London—not just the impressive Royal ones—for you to take a stroll in.
This park isn’t far from St. Paul’s Cathedral and many Montcalm hotels London, and is an ideal place to go when you’re relaxing on the last day of your break after a busy few days. Postman’s Park is a memorial of sorts, not to any grand war heroes, but to ordinary people.
The monument in the park is called ‘the Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice’, and commemorates people who saved others at the cost of their own lives. It’s one of the quieter and more touching places in London, with names and short descriptions of their deeds inscribed on tiles in the park.
You can find Postman’s Park in Covent Garden.
Phoenix Garden, in Bloomsbury, is so hidden because of its entrance—you have to creep down St. Giles’ Passage to enter. It’s definitely one for lovers of wildlife, as it proclaims itself ‘home to West End’s frogs’. There are plenty of open ponds, flowers and plants to create a relaxing environment that will take you away from the busy streets of the capital city.
The garden is managed by volunteers who encourage as many different species to grow as possible. If you love conservation, look for London City hotel deals nearby.
Japanese Roof Garden at SOAS
The School of Oriental and African Studies in Bloomsbury is famed for its Brunei Gallery. However, you don’t have to be cooped up inside to appreciate the contemporary art of offer here. Instead, head to the rooftop garden, built for the Japan 2001 celebrations.
It’s not like a conventional Western garden at all; instead, planting has been kept to a minimum and stone is the main feature of much of the garden, with contrasting sections of sandstone, green slate, and granite chippings. Wisteria and lemon thyme help to make the garden bloom and blossom.
The garden is free to visit, and open when the gallery is.
House of St. Barnabas Garden
Soho’s busy Greek Street may not immediately spring to mind when you think of gardens and green spaces, but the House of St. Barnabas is all about demolishing stereotypes. 1 Greek Street is their base, where they run a not-for-profit members club, the secluded garden with plenty of seating, and a restaurant. The twist is that all profit goes towards supporting their charity, to get homeless people in London into lasting and fulfilling employment.
Learn more about this fascinating charitable organisation and its listed headquarters as you relax in style, perhaps enjoying food from their much-praised restaurant.