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7 Secret Gardens to Discover in London

London’s green spaces are everywhere and as well as the big, expansive parks to enjoy, there are some lesser known, smaller gardens well worth seeking out to explore their history and all things green.

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3
A hidden secret just by Chelsea Embankment and one of London’s oldest gardens.  Founded in 1673, by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for the cultivation and study of medicinal plants.  The four acre garden is an encyclopedia of medicinal plants and rare species and helpful free guided tours and audio guides are available.
Chelsea Physic Garden

The Kyoto Japanese Garden, Holland Park
If you’re looking to escape the bustle of Kensington High Street, Holland Park is just on the doorstep.  The Kyoto Garden was created  in 1992 as a ‘strolling garden’, so it seems a shame not to try it out!  This carefully maintained section of the park includes waterfalls, a pond with Koi carp and plants and pruning techniques to reflect the Japanese style. Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit for the views.
Kyoto Japanese Garden

Fulham Palace, Fulham
It’s a bit further out, but worth it.  Fulham Palace itself, dates back to 658AD and was for centuries the country residence of the Bishops of London.  The spectacular gardens an include an 18th-century walled garden and look out for a carved Cedarwood sculpture known as The Bishops’ Tree.
Fulham Palace

Chiswick House Gardens, Chiswick
Designed in the 18th century by William Kent, these London gardens were created in the style of the Italian countryside and  transformed British landscape gardening – well worth a visit if you’re in the neighbourhood.
Chiswick House Gardens

The Garden Museum, Lambeth
If you’re visiting Lambeth Palace, the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, combine it with a visit to The Garden Museum; a museum entirely devoted to British gardening. The historic garden is a reproduction of a 17th-century knot garden and features authentic plants and ornaments.
Garden Museum

Tibetan Peace Garden, Lambeth
Opened in 1999 by the Dalai Lama, this restful haven is located next to the Imperial War Museum.  The centrepiece features the traditional Kalachakra Mandala and 8 benches represent the 8 elements of Buddhist philosophy – perfect for resting awhile to contemplate life.
Tibetan Peace Garden

Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3
How about a garden in the sky?  The glass dome of 20 Fenchurch Street includes three floors of landscaped, public gardens with 360-degree views of the London skyline and an open-air terrace.  Look out for colourful displays of African lilies, red-hot pokers, birds-of-paradise, and bask in the fragrance of French lavender and rosemary. The space also features three bars and restaurants, so why not relax and enjoy the views.
Sky Garden

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