Green-fingered Londoners have been transforming the city’s hidden corners into little urban gardens.
1. King’s Cross Skip Garden, King’s Cross
A community garden that’s cleverly used skips (as in the things commonly found on building sites) as giant beds for their many plants, hence the name. Everything at this garden has been made using recycled materials and they even have a kitchen where they cook up veggie delights from the produce on site.
Tapper Walk, King’s Cross, near King’s Cross station, N1C 4AQ
2. Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, Dalston
This community garden has been created along the old Eastern Curve railway line that used to link Dalston Junction with the goods yard and the North London line. Now it’s a lovely green space dotted with wooden benches and a pavillion for events such as yoga and live music.
13 Dalston Lane, near Dalston Junction station, E8 3DF
3. Roof East Aquaponic Urban Farm, Stratford
The east London rooftop that we should all have gone to by now and for good reason, it literally has everything you could want to have fun. Batting cages, rollerblading, the lot. But they also have London’s first urban farm in a shipping container. They use Aquaponics, a method that combines a water solution without soil and fish farming to grow plants. Innovation or what, eh?
45a Broadway, opposite Stratford station, E15 1XD
4. Nomadic Community Garden, Shoreditch
This little community garden in Shoreditch is so well hidden, you may just not know about it. It’s around the corner from Brick Lane and has been set up to encourage some good ole community spirit. They’ve got allotment spaces for locals, an open arts and events space and an Urban Oasis public access park.
Fleet St Hill, near Shoreditch High Street station, E1 5ES
5. Rembrandt Gardens, Little Venice
These gardens are hidden alongside the Little Venice canal so you’d be forgiven for not knowing about this one. Perfectly sunken away from the canalside but also offering great views from your wooden bench. One for those tranquil evenings or afternoons when the only thing you want to do is chill by the water.
6 Warwick Ave, near Warwick Avenue station, W2 1XB
6. Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
If you’re looking for a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street then this is your place. Just off of Duke Street (and basically opposite Selfridges) lies this rooftop garden that’s open and free to the public. It’s built on top of the old Duke Street electricity substation and even has a café on one end.
Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, near Bond Street station, W1K 6JQ
7. Culpeper Community Garden, Angel
This small green oasis is perfectly hidden amongst the streets of Islington and acts as a public park as well as a local space. It’s all managed by the residents around it and with ponds, paths and lots of plants, it’s the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or summer picnic.
1 Cloudesley Road, near Angel station, N1 0EJ
8. Bow Creek Ecology Park, Lee Valley
This one’s not really one you’d take a sarnie and picnic blanket along to but is one to enjoy, all the same. This former ironworks, shipyard and coal wharf is now home to lots of interesting wildlife such as newts, water scorpions and birds. A great place to just sit back, take it all in and obviously, it’s great for all you nature lovers out there.
Bidder Street, near Canning Town station, E16 4ST
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