Hidden away in the Marylebone area of London, the Gardens are slighly strange as they are split in two across Paddington Street. It does mean that they have different characters, the north being quieter and more reflective, the south more active, vibrant and colourful with flowers.
Originally burial grounds in the 18th century, they became gardens in 1885 and were officially opened by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyle and a daughter of Queen Victoria, in 1886.
Most of the monuments were cleared, but a few survive, and there is a new 1940's statue of a street orderly boy.
A nice touch, which I have not seen anywhere else, is a description of the different roses. There is also a play area and pavilions for shelter in rainy weather.