As one of the greenest cities in Europe, London is home to an incredible amount of green spaces and parks. Offering a tranquil haven from the frenzy of the city, beautiful gardens can be found across the capital and showcase many indigenous plants and trees arranged in gorgeous horticultural designs. From a Medieval medicinal herb garden to the Royal family’s backyard, discover our pick of the most beautiful London gardens to visit this spring.
Kensington Palace Gardens
Found directly opposite The Milestone Hotel & Residences, you only have to cross the street to reach the beautiful lawns of Kensington Palace Gardens. Impeccably designed and maintained, the 100-hectare enclave offers a serene retreat in the centre of London. Explore the Sunken Garden with its tranquil ornamental pond, enjoy a stroll along Cradle Walk and marvel at the elegance of the formal gardens.
Chelsea Physic Garden
With a history that dates back to 1673, Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s oldest botanical garden. Its four acres were originally used to grow medicinal shrubs and herbs and today it’s home to around 5,000 varied types of plants. Learn more and have fun exploring with the venue’s programme of guided walks, talks and hands-on workshops.
Queen Mary’s Gardens
Created in tribute to the wife of King George V, Queen Mary’s Gardens in Regents Park has been open to the public since the 1930s. It’s primarily a stunning rose garden which contains over 12,000 fragrant roses as well as a pretty selection of delphiniums and begonias. Serene and romantic, take a seat on one of the benches and soak up the soothing atmosphere.
Like something out of a fairy tale, the Hampstead Pergola is a one of London’s most remarkable secret gardens. Creeping vines and blousy blooms cover this elegantly decaying structure, which was built in the early 20th century by Lord Leverhulme who owned a mansion nearby. After his death in 1955, it fell into neglect. Nevertheless, with its view of the nearby heath and Hampstead Hill Gardens, it’s certainly worth a visit.
Victoria Tower Gardens
While Victoria Tower Gardens might not contain the most spectacular array of foliage, it does have a backdrop that’s hard to beat. Situated next to the Houses of Parliament and alongside the River Thames, the garden is a precious green space right in the centre of the city. The focal point is the eye-catching Buxton Memorial Fountain, a tribute to mark the abolition of slavery and the work of MP Thomas Fowell Buxton.