The news is far from reassuring at the moment, but one thing we’ve always managed to glean some hope from is nature. Those of us stuck in London may be feeling some dread at spending the impending lockdown inside, in a city. But there are some hidden treasures around, we promise.
We’ve pulled together a little list of London’s best gardens to escape to. Grab your mittens, grab your hats, and get outside. You won’t regret it.
Phoenix Garden – Charring Cross
Fancy stumbling across a horticultural oasis in central London? Phoenix Garden is the one. This community garden has been built using sustainable techniques to encourage as much wildlife as possible. Founded in 1984, it is run by donations and kept alive by volunteers. Why not check it out?
Postman’s Park – St Paul’s
Image: The New Yorker
It’s a reflective time and it feels like there are heroes all around us. If you head down to Postman’s Park, there really will be. It displays 54 plaques dedicated to people who gave their lives in order to save somebody else. It was first created in the 1900’s by artist George Frederic Watts and has continued to grow ever since. It’s a great place to reflect on the bravery and resilience of humanity.
Abney Park Cemetery
You may think that a cemetery is a morbid place to go right now. We get that. But this cemetery is especially beautiful. It is brimming with magical features including Europe’s longest standing non-denominational chapel. It is also where Amy Winehouse filmed several scenes for her iconic Back to Black. Take a wonder through nature and history all at once.
Barnsbury Wood Nature Reserve – Islington
Barnsbury Wood is London’s smallest local nature reserve. Located in the heart of the wonderful Islington, it’s home to a range of wildlife including the sixteen-spot ladybird, the long-tailed tit and the lesser stag beetle. You can also find sycamore, ash, lime and horse chestnut trees. What’s not to love!
Hampstead Hill Garden & Pergola
Image: Secret London
If you’re looking for something to restore your faith in the world, this garden should do the job. The Pergola was commissioned by Lord Leverhulme, who made a fortune selling soap! It has epic pillars and arches surrounded by equally beautiful foliage. Best of all, it’s located in the gorgeous Hampstead and is totally free!
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