Gardens in London

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  • Bertie1224
    Northamptonshire, UK498 contributions
    Late autumn and the variety of colours of the leaves still clinging to the trees is beautiful. Away from the hustle and bustle of the noise of the city you really can stand and stare beneath the boughs. There are even squirrels to watch as they busy themselves about. The Serpentine is a lovely space to walk around and see the glint of the low autumn sun imagining you are in the middle of the countryside. It’s a lovely place with so much to take in and so many changes to witness through the seasons.
    Written 4 December 2023
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  • Lucille K
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    The Crown to Couture exhibition left a lot to be desired I'm afraid, both my husband and I left a little disappointed and actually keen to leave half way through due to the congestion. The whole thing felt a little claustrophobic and poorly planned, I left feeling like I hadn't really learned or seen anything.

    Being Kensington Palace we were expecting to see more historical royal dress, however the majority of the clothing was centered around the most recent Met Galas. The costumes shown were absolutely beautiful, however the amount of people that were let into the timeslots made it impossible to appreciate them.

    There were some exhibitions which I thought weren't showcased in the best light, for instance larger size models that I felt were a bit disrespectful with lumpy padding to showcase a larger figure.

    I would suggest reviewing how the V&A conduct exhibition as they always land these very well.
    Written 23 October 2023
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  • AlinaRC
    Hertfordshire1,516 contributions
    The gardens are a delight any time of year. As autumn arrives, there is plenty of colour from late flowering shrubs and trees; berries and turning leaves.

    We went to see the recently restored glasshouses - not quite finished but almost there. One house with the scented pelargoniums, another with cacti and then the long greenhouse with tropical plants. The fernery was also looking green and lush. Part of the gardens are a traditional botanical garden with plants arranged in order by family. More recent planting includes vegetables and other edible plants. The location in london and high walls give it a very mild climate, where plants that otherwise only grow in warm climates still thrive. It has the UK's largest olive tree, a fruiting grapefruit outdoors, and pomegranates with fruit.

    We joined one of the guided tours - an interesting mix of history, plants of seasonal interest and anecdotes about the medicinal properties of the plants. It takes about a couple of hours to look around, but you can easily spend longer finding out more about the fascinating history of the plants.

    On the practical side, there is a small shop with well selected, plant related gifts, and a cafe that does a small but tasty range of hot and cold food - we enjoyed a reasonably priced tomato soup. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. It is about 12 minutes walk from Sloane Sq tube, or a 170 bus stop directly outside.
    Written 31 October 2023
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  • SiSimabelle
    United Kingdom10 contributions
    This is a gem of a place in the City and I am so grateful as a local that we could attend without having to book tickets 3 months in advance - very good strategy by this group. I found the staff also had that human touch & compassion towards visitors - which I am finding is rarer these days via the digital world. We had an elderly disabled lady with us and they enabled us to skip the queue in 2c freezing temperatures. Thank you SO much for our visit and looking after us.
    Written 3 December 2023
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  • Trudy D
    Reno, United States6 contributions
    Beautiful Japanese garden tucked away in the middle of London. Not large, but so peaceful and tranquil - make time to see it!
    Written 7 November 2023
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  • Flitz8-A foodie travels
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,990 contributions
    The gardens are lovely here ,roses when in season look so pretty in their section and with names for them as well ,enjoyed seeing roses
    Written 18 October 2023
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  • John Douglas
    Liverpool, UK52 contributions
    Up in Highgate, Muswell hill, what a building.. I remember seeing bands here a few years ago and its a gorgeous building, nice little pub attached
    and a beer garden with great views. Very cold though in Dec.
    No picnic on the lawn today. I do recommend visiting in the summer.
    Written 8 December 2023
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  • Louis Cecile
    London, UK329 contributions
    The Hill Garden and Pergola are worth the trip from the main part of Hampstead to experience pure peace. It is around a twenty-minute walk from town and there is a sign indicating a concealed entrance. This entrance feels like you are trespassing on someone's property, but it provides a sense of mystery before coming to the garden. The garden is immaculately designed. There is a small pond that leads to the pergola where you can see landscape views. There is not much more to it than this, but it is tranquil and perfect to escape from the world.
    Written 30 October 2023
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  • Pam Munday-Chanin
    53 contributions
    What a magical spot
    It felt like an oasis in the middle of London.
    The water was very calming
    Nd the fish were great
    Written 23 July 2023
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  • ndw78
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1,748 contributions
    Popped in on my way to the O2 and so glad I did, what an amazing place right in the middle of the city. You would never know it was there. It’s built on the GMT line so the plants are separated into north and west hemispheres with lovely walkways to view them and chill
    Written 3 October 2023
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  • MichaelMc777
    Sunnyvale, CA4,645 contributions
    This long garden next to the river is lovely to stroll. It has nice benches to sit on and enjoy a sandwich…. Some large shade trees. And, beautifully done small flower gardens.

    A wonderful place to rest and stroll, while visiting the nearby sites.
    Written 20 July 2023
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  • GParkin
    22 contributions
    Nice free playground which my 7 year old enjoyed. Lots going on to watch and very close to Waterloo Station. Good place to spend before or after going to the Aquarium etc.
    Written 16 February 2023
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  • GlobetrotterNL83
    Greater London, UK1,007 contributions
    Friendly welcome upon arrival. Map provided. Small giftshop and expensive cafe. The great hall, library and court yard are beautiful. Small museum with exhibits as well. We enjoyed walking around the walled garden and the setting so close to the Thames is lovely too. Very busy with lots of families having a picnic.
    Written 4 June 2023
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  • ShaunH290
    London, UK2,295 contributions
    The deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth is right next to the entrance to Lambeth Palace. Apparently, it would have been demolished if it had not been turned into something else. That would have been a shame! But how do you make a Garden Museum on a reasonably small plot of land between the Archbishop's Palace and a main road?

    The team had some advantages and some brilliant ideas! The building has been wonderfully restored - the stained glass appears new (I could not find anything on the building restoration, so I may be wrong) and, due to the insertion of an upper floor, you can get much closer to it than in most churches. There are several historical wall memorials (e.g. Hon Herbert Lyttelton Pelham, killed in action in 1914; Frederick Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury was buried here). There is the tomb of William Bligh, of Mutiny on the Bounty fame (though the inscription does not mention that event). Most spectacularly, there is the highly-decorated tomb of English naturalists and explorers John Tradescant the Elder (c. 1570s – 1638) and John Tradescant the Younger (1608–1662), who introduced many new plants to English gardens. Carl Linnaeus honoured them by naming the genus Tradescantia after them. Both these tombs are in the enclosed garden.

    Two architectural features stand out:
    1. The font, usually next to the front door, is replaced by a full immersion baptismal pool - semi-circular with steps on both ends (I have not seen such in an Anglican church previously).
    2. The tower, ascended by 131 steps. You can enter the tower alone for a reduced fee, but the full ticket price for the museum covers it too. The views are brilliant and we had the advantage of a very clear day.

    The whole idea of a Garden Museum is a huge challenge, especially in such a small site. The museum collection proper is upstairs (there is a lift). There are exhibits on famous gardeners, but obviously this is a microcosm of the world of gardening. The organisers have done a good job, though it inevitably falls short, despite their best efforts, covering such a huge topic. But they do have one exhibit which is amazing: Humphry Repton's Red Book for Sundridge Park (1793). It is bound in blue, rather than red, but I have never seen one on public display.

    All in all, recommended, but manage your expectations! And the owners do have plans for further development.
    Written 25 November 2023
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,556 contributions
    Located in the heart of Southwark is the Crossbones Graveyard. Open a couple of days a week and looked after by volunteers this is a poignant reminder of the many people who came to London many years ago and who died in tragic circumstances and could not afford a proper burial.

    It's a well tended area and a nice tribute to those who would not normally be remembered.
    Written 7 June 2023
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