Explore London’s secret squares and gardens with the family this weekend.
One of London’s special features are its gardens and squares. Usually, these leafy oases are hidden away in residential areas or secret corners of the city. And in fact, often, they are only open to local residents or members. However, on the weekend of 8-9th June, many garden squares will be open to everyone. That’s because it’s the London Open Garden Squares Weekend. All you need is a ticket, plus an appetite for discovery. (And possibly also an appetite for cake) …
What kinds of gardens can you visit?
History, inspiration, fun, or chilling out – there’ll be all kinds of green spaces open to explore. So, no matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find something to enchant you. There are community gardens with plants and herbs. Or gorgeous green spaces in the heart of the city, designed to be beautiful and relaxing. Or classic gardens at the centre of London’s historic squares. It’s a unique chance to see the hidden, tranquil side of our busy capital.
What activities are there?
There’s such a variety of activities, it’s hard to capture them all here. However, many gardens will be offering refreshments of some sort. And in a large number of places, local gardeners will be there to explain or even give tours. And in some places you’ll find live poetry, or a music performance. There’s even a chance to learn croquet, while sipping a cocktail!
It’s also a perfect event for families. Some gardens are offering special activities such as crafts, while others will have play areas for the kids. For example, head to Oasis Farm in Waterloo, where young visitors can meet some of the animals. Alternatively, Pembridge Square near Notting Hill Gate promises swings and a hornbeam maze.
Lastly, if you’d like to see a few gardens at a time, try one of the self-guided walks of London’s most interesting neighborhoods. Check the website for maps, info and routes descriptions for each.
Useful to know
There’s really so much to see that it’s a good idea to look at the website. Here you can browse through a map and list of gardens to help you plan your visit. Don’t forget to make a note of opening times.
You’ll also find info about each garden, to help you choose. And there’s a list of activities and features, so you can select exactly what you’re looking for. Want a garden with live music and also entertainment for kids? Then there’s a garden for you! Interested in bees? Yes, you’ll find a garden for that as well.
You’ll need a ticket, which you can get from the website. However, the good news is that children 11 and under can go free!