For a city readily associated with congestion, busy streets and trains, it seems remarkable that Greater London is 47% green space. That is 35,000 acres of public parks, 30,000 acres of allotments, three million gardens and two of Britain’s fifteen National Nature Reserves, all in one city.
Many of these acres are found in large expansive outdoor spaces such as Hyde Park, a haven of 350 acres surrounding The Serpentine, which covers some 40 acres alone. In the park you can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling and skating as well as some delicious food at either of the two lakeside restaurants.
However, for something a little more intimate and occasionally private, London’s more secluded gardens are a wonderful option.
Kyoto Gardens, situated in Holland Park, is a serene oasis of Japanese zen, while the Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London, quickly becoming a world leader in natural medicine after opening in 1673. Its location next to the river creates a warm micro climate which helps flowers settle away from their natural home soils. You can discover more of London’s secret gardens here.
This weekend is perfect for those wishing to explore some of London’s smaller gardens and squares as the annual London Open Gardens And Squares weekend takes place from the 9th to the 10th of June, which will see over 200 private gardens and squares open their gates to the public.
For those seeking a home with its own green space Harrods Estates have several instructions that will be just the ticket whether an avid gardener, window box watcher or terrace habitué. We have selected some of our current favourites:
This beautiful apartment has access to the communal garden in Eaton Square, this private garden is considered to be one of the finest residential garden squares in prime central London.
This exceptional three-bedroom apartment boasts its own private garden and is located opposite Hyde Park. Spoilt for choice, Green Park and St James’s Park are only minutes away.
A superb and newly refurbished house located in a prime position on another of Belgravia’s award winning exclusive garden squares. The 1.5 acre square, only accessible to residents, has won a Certificate of Excellence in the Garden Squares competition: former residents of the square include: Matthew Arnold, Mary Shelley, Margaret Thatcher, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull.