Open Garden Squares gets you into the capital’s beautiful (and hidden) gardens.
Face it, the English summer would be nothing without an array of fabulous gardens. Where else would one hold elegant garden parties, or simply laze around in a hammock with a book? Alright, so those are pipe dreams for most of us – but some gorgeously green gardens are opening up to the public this weekend for Open Garden Squares Weekend, and it’s a great chance to have a nose around.
Over 200 of the capital’s most secretive gardens are opening up their gilded gates, starting with the most closely guarded garden in England: 10 Downing Street. This garden has welcomed every single British Prime Minister in history, so you’ll be in rare company… if you signed up for the ballot in time. That’s the only way to get in without being arrested, so good luck if you entered!
Easier to get into are the likes of Crossrail Place Roof Garden, which is handily located next a Street Feast outpost. History is on your side in the Inner Temple Garden, which has existed in one form or another since the 12th century. If brutalist architecture’s your bag, the Barbican Wildlife Garden will make a peaceful chillout spot. Finally, the Nomura International PLC rooftop garden will fulfil your views quotient, as it offers stunning panoramas of The Shard.
Honestly, you’re spoiled for choice with Open Garden Squares. From hidden gems to historical squares, there’s a garden here for everyone. Weekend tickets cost £20, and they’ll get you entry to every garden on the programme (except for the likes of Downing Street). There are also events running in many of the gardens, including poetry readings, tours, beekeeping talks, and perfumery classes. Just think of all the fresh air and floral fabulousness you’ll be able to enjoy this weekend!
Buy tickets and find more information on their website.
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