Nestled between the bustling streets of London, there are plenty of open spaces where you can lose yourself in mesmerising gardens, offering an array of stunning floral arrangements, sweeping lawns and fascinating architectural monuments. To help you navigate some of the most colourful, serene and breath-taking parks in the city, we’ve compiled a list of the best spaces to visit to help you see another side of London.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames
Nearest Tube Station: Victoria Gate
One of the world’s leading botanical gardens, Kew offers a captivating display of over 50,000 flowers and fungi, brought together from around the world to create this unique offering. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the perfect retreat from city life, allowing you to walk amongst the treetops on a treetop walkway, meander through ten different climates in the Princess of Wales Conservatory and much more.
Kensington Gardens, Kensington and Chelsea
Nearest Tube Station: High Street Kensington
A magnificent example of one of London’s Royal Parks, Kensington Gardens creates the perfect setting for an idyllic wander in the city. A short walk from our Great Cumberland Place hotel, visitors can stroll through the 265 acres of stunning parkland, enjoying the sumptuous greenery that surrounds them. Whilst exploring the gardens, you’ll find the emotive Albert Memorial, take in the Serpentine Lake, or explore the contemporary art collection housed within the Serpentine Gallery.
Hampton Court Palace Gardens, Richmond-upon-Thames
Nearest Tube Station: Wimbledon
One of the great gardens to visit in London for those looking for a space with a touch of royalty. Hampton Court Palace Gardens have played host to the monarchs and royalty of England since the early Sixteenth Century. The famous Great Fountain Garden is bursting with vibrant colours and the sweet scent of the truly stunning array of flowers. Set in 60 acres of enchanting grounds, be sure to explore the Haunted Gallery, the Baroque Palace and William III’s captivating hedge maze.
St. Dunstan in the East, City of London
Nearest Tube Station: Monument
A visit to the gardens at St. Dunstan in the East is an opportunity to surround yourself with history. Amongst the tranquil flowerbeds lie the almost-ruined walls of St. Dunstan church, a building that tells the history of some of London’s most trying times, including the Great Fire of London and the Blitz of the Second World War. You’ll find the gardens just a 10-minute walk from The Tower Hotel.
Sky Garden, City of London
Nearest Tube Station: Monument
Combining the serene escapism of a beautiful garden with modern architecture and stunning 360-degree views of London, Sky Garden is truly a feast for the eyes. The planted terraces of the garden feature Mediterranean and South African species, all of which can be enjoyed from one of the five bars and restaurants sitting atop this stunning building at 20 Fenchurch Street. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
The Culpeper, Tower Hamlets
Nearest Tube Station: Aldgate East
Rustic and traditional, The Culpeper is a true slice of London culture. With a traditional pub, a restaurant and hotel, as well as the rooftop garden, this venue is a truly unique offering. Nestled within the herbs and plants, the rooftop cocktail bar is the ideal place to spend a relaxing evening. This fine London bar is just a 20-minute walk from The Tower Hotel.
Syon Park, Hounslow
Nearest Tube Station: Gunnersbury
The grade I listed Syon House and Gardens are home to the Duke of Northumberland and are truly a sight to behold. With gardens spread across a magnificent 40 acres, you’ll find a tranquil lakeside walk and collection of rare plants and trees to marvel at as you stroll through the grounds of this captivating location.
Kyoto Garden in Holland Park, Kensington and Chelsea
Nearest Tube Station: Holland Park
The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is a sea of tranquillity, despite being only a short distance from bustling Kensington High Street. Built to celebrate the 1991 Japan Festival, the gardens offer visitors an opportunity for zen-like relaxation. Catch a glimpse of the resident muster of peacocks or visit in spring to behold the beautiful blossom trees in full bloom.
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