Gardens in London

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Gardens in London

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  • Ami
    West Midlands, UK112 contributions
    I really enjoyed a walk through this park. It helped that it was a lovely sunny day, busy but not hectic.
    Everything seemed very well maintained and there were plenty of places to sit and rest.
    Very much enjoyed it here.
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • penny s
    London, UK2 contributions
    Lovely day at this oasis, a gorgeous central spot showcasing historical botanical treasures. The cafe was lovely with rustic tables overlooking the lawns. Morning cakes were excellent and we even came back for a nice lunch after the tour. Amazing well spent 4 hours; thank you team.
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • Eddie
    Belfast, UK5 contributions
    Visited on a trip to London and was overwhelmed it was a stunning place with plenty to do. Visited with 2 other friends and throughly enjoyed it
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • 27rennie
    Belmont, MA107 contributions
    I really enjoyed my visit. I walked right up to buy tickets and was inside within 10 minutes. BE SURE TO TAKE THE FREE AUDIO TOUR GUIDE!!! The audio tour gives you the information you need to enjoy this museum. You can listen to the basic information and then click for further information in a few rooms - things like what the staff / maids might have thought. I also liked that the museum is broken up into 3 distinct tours, Queen William and Mary's room, Queen Victoria's childhood rooms and the Kings' rooms. If you want , you can break up the tour with a snack in the restaurant and then continue on.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • MARYAM O
    London, UK7 contributions
    Definitely will be going back. No ques no fuss. Unfortunately we went in autumn so not alot to do. The views were excellent will be going back in summer.
    Written 3 June 2022
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  • Nancy R
    Malvern, PA74 contributions
    A lovely spot in Regents Park. There are more than 100 varieties of roses as well as other flowers. You can walk around a pond and enjoy this peaceful setting.
    Written 1 June 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK5,502 contributions
    The Hill Garden and Pergola is probably the most interesting part of Hampstead Heath to visit, if you are heading to that vast expanse of woodland for a bit of an exploration. It’s located on the far western side of the heath, to the west of North End Way. If you travel north past Jack Straw’s Castle, you can walk down Inverforth Close and you’ll see the path to the pergola and garden to the left.

    The main feature of the garden is the pergola, and it is certainly a curious thing to see, seemingly just plonked there in the middle of the heath, giving the feel that it is a bit of a frivolous folly. And in many respects it is. It’s essentially a raised walkway, with a timber frame sitting atop a plethora of Doric columns which all sit on an arched brick base. It has the feel of a frivolous construct by someone with far too much money. And indeed it was. It was commissioned by Lord Leverhulme, who made his fortune selling soap. He decided that his nearby mansion needed an extravagant terrace, to host garden parties and lazy summer nights. It linked the formal gardens of the main house (now demolished) and the more gentle lawns of the lower garden. It was completed in 1906, though it was extended in 1911 and again in 1925.

    It has the feel of mellow classicism, though it’s a bit run down these days. Though still curiously attractive, the pergola suffered in the aftermath of Leverhulme’s death and the onset of World War 2. By the time the City of London took it over in 1989, the place was almost falling apart. Resurrection is still underway, but in the faded glory of the pillars and arches, you’ll find a serenely interesting spot which exemplifies the Italianate phase which was alive and well between 1010 and 1925.

    Visiting it in winter as I did is probably not the best time to see the pergola and surrounding at its most beautiful; the garden itself was particularly dreary and devoid of colour and glamour. Visit in spring or summer when the gnarled old wisteria is in full bloom, and the plethora of flowering shrubs and exotic bedding plants are at their height of floral grandeur. However, seeing the pergola in its bare bones really highlighted its faded grandeur, and the dramatics of the construction. It was really quite desolate, quite moody, and almost a bit eerie. You can picture the opulence it once had, and how that grandeur has faded away.

    To me it’s the most interesting feature in the wide and relatively dull expanse of Hampstead Heath, and it’s worth seeking out this particular spot for a visit. I talked there from Hampstead underground station, about a 20minute brisk walk (steep in parts). I didn't find the stairs up into the pergola particularly easy to find, so you may have to walk around a bit.
    Written 18 February 2022
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  • potaracke
    Laupahoehoe, HI274 contributions
    Part of riding the new Elizabeth subway line was to go to one end which is Canary Wharf. While doing TA, I saw this rooftop garden. Sooooo, we went and I have to say it was quite good! I wasn't bowled over by it but, it was worth the walk through. I am a bit jaded as I lived in Hawaii for 10 years and saw a lot of the same plants which was really nice! It is a nice place for sitting in a green place within the city. Very nice!
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Sarah Gillham
    Hertfordshire, UK61 contributions
    Visited on a Saturday for the matinee performance of A Christmas Carol. This was a wonderful performance with great actors. The theatre is lovely, the program describes it as being in a state of ‘arrested decay’ a perfect description and the setting was well suited to the play. The queues during the interval for drinks and the loos were long. We ate earlier, food was good but arrive early if you want a seat. We asked if we could view the ice skating but we couldn’t unless we paid to skate. It would have been good to see if it was somewhere worth visiting for skating.
    Written 5 December 2021
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  • rebeljenn
    Ruislip, UK891 contributions
    It was a fun community place and had a lot of great street art. Visited many times. Remember it as a vacant lot, then the community gardens and now back to an empty by fenced-off lot where they are developing on.... goodbye community garden....
    Written 15 March 2020
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  • Brittany_11_10
    Los Angeles, CA1,601 contributions
    Another nice garden along the Thames, this one featuring various memorials (Chindit, Korean War, Iraq & Afghanistan wars) in addition to all the flora. Nice place for a stroll, a picnic, a place to sit (especially on a warm, sunny weekday in late spring when it's not crowded).
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • hilary d
    London, UK570 contributions
    This charming museum has been on our to do list for a long time,now we both have the art pass we get in for half price(£7 each instead of £14).

    Its very interesting telling the history of gardens,garden tools,flowers,plants and famouus gardeners.It is housed in a beautiful church where you can also climb up the steps and get amazing views of London(Big Ben,Houses of Parliament).

    There is a rose exhibition on at the moment(there are changing exhibitions every few months).

    Im glad we didnt pay full price for the museum,as its quite a small display.

    The cafe is nice,you do have to book for lunch,we just had hot drinks.
    Written 12 April 2022
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  • Bon viveur
    London, UK1,508 contributions
    For me, this is the jewel of Kensington Gardens. It’s a delight. I love toured the gardens of Lazio and this garden transports me back to Italy. A visit is like being on holiday.
    Written 3 June 2022
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  • SuperTed19
    Madison, WI689 contributions
    It is unlikely this park will appear on many Top 50 Things to Do in London lists, but that’s a big part of what makes it so appealing. It is a quiet oasis in an otherwise noisy and crowded center of one of the largest cities in the world. If you want a break or you want to see lesser-known views, this park is well worth a visit. What’s more is the walk from Elizabeth Tower - where you’re going to be anyway - is less than five minutes.
    Written 3 July 2022
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  • Tom
    Gloucester, UK288 contributions
    A lovely little retreat of the busy life of London. Great to sit and watch everything going on on the river Thames. Also a great place to sit and watch the London eye going round.
    Written 15 November 2021
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