Little Known London - Secret Gardens in Bloom

  • Posted on 9th May 2017 by HQ Writer… Alex C

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    As the weather gets warmer, first leaves and flowers start covering the capital and we feel the need follow the sunshine. Where is one to go for a stroll, read a book or parade around a new spring wardrobe? We rounded up five of our favourite secret (or not so secret gardens) where you can let your mind relax and unwind and take in the scent of blooming flowers.
    Isabella Plantation, South West London
    A stunning 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian plantation established in 1830's in Richmond Park. It lures visitors in with its evergreen azaleas, which line the ponds and streams and put their beautiful flowers on display from late April. 

    Fenton House and Garden, North London
    A beautiful 17th-century merchant’s house in Hampstead is accompanied by a walled garden with roses as well as a 300-year old orchard which boasts thirty different types of apple trees that flourish each year. From March onwards you can simply relax in these splendid surroundings or for the more active enjoy a game of croquet. 

    The Inns of Court, Central London
    A series of squares and courtyards between Theobalds Road, High Holborn and the Embankment are home to London’s legal profession. Head to the smaller spaces such as Staple Inn and Fountain Court to sit down and read, surrounded by medieval charm which is rare in London.  The larger spaces like Lincoln's Inn and The Temple are vibrant and elegant, ideal for a late afternoon picnic with friends.

    Hampstead Pergola, North London

    Hampstead Pergola is a true hidden treasure of the turn of the century, which will charm you with faded opulence. This raised walkway is covered in vines and exotic flowers, dramatically nestled in splendid gardens. Take a walk through this stunning location to experience its eerie atmosphere and enjoy the spectacular views over Hampstead Heath. 

    Eltham Palace and Gardens
    When the sun is shining at the weekend, why not make a day trip down to Eltham Palace and Gardens, an Art-Deco mansion which will transport you back to the 1930’s as you enjoy a spot of picnic in its glorious ornamental gardens. Afterwards inhale the sweet smell of roses in the sunken rose garden and admire the herbaceous border designed by award-winning garden designer Isabelle Van Groeningen.

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