Experience the secret world of London’s gardens in a single weekend in June

New gardens will join old favorites taking part in London Open Gardens on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2023. The weekend will see the doors opened to over 100 unique and hidden green spaces, not normally accessible to the public, in support of the work of London Parks and Gardens (LPG). London Open Gardens is organized by the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust (known as London Parks and Gardens) in partnership with local gardens to raise awareness of, and help to protect, the huge social, cultural, environmental and economic ways in which London’s greenspaces benefit everyone.

An exclusive range of historic, traditional, contemporary and experimental gardens, from across the capital, are set to take part. These include formal garden squares and rooftop terraces with commanding city views, as well as community allotments and wildlife havens.

Those taking part include the stunning Pembridge Square, near Hyde Park, Lincoln’s Inn, Holborn, and Montague Street Gardens, allowing visitors access to a historic, hidden garden at the heart of elegant Bloomsbury. Nomura International Plc’s roof garden offers breathtaking views from the south bank of the River Thames.

New spaces opening their doors for the first time this year include the secret and rewilded OmVed garden, Highgate, with its wildflower meadow and vegetable patches. At 245 Hammersmith Road, ticket holders can gain special access to a terrace offering spectacular views across the city. Next to St Paul’s Cathedral, 25 Cannon Street’s innovative and stylish 5,400 sq ft roof garden is a recently created jewel in the heart of London.

In addition, 20 gardens, including the 17th century Kitchen Garden at Chiswick House and Eversheds Sutherland Vegetable Garden, are being welcomed back for this year’s event. The latter is a transformed rooftop biodiversity hotspot providing yet more iconic vistas over the city whilst expert gardeners and beekeepers will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions.

Weekend tickets give exclusive access to every open garden whilst historic-themed guided tours, suggested walking routes and ever-popular cycling tours, taking in a selection of the gardens, will also be on offer.

Nathan Oley, Chair, London Open Gardens, said: “London Parks and Gardens are proud to offer an unrivaled selection of green spaces for the public to enjoy this year – and at affordable prices. London is world-famous for its gorgeous green spaces and this event showcases over 100 of the best, secret ones. London Open Gardens offers something for all ages – from nature lovers seeking peace and tranquility, to budding bug finders and gardeners who want to be inspired. The generosity of everyone involved helps us to protect London’s great legacy of green, spaces and we hope that the weekend inspires thousands to enjoy it in the future.”

As well as being a celebration of the city’s gardens, each ticket sold for the annual event, organized by LPG, enables the charity to protect London’s green spaces throughout the year and event proceeds provide thousands of pounds in support for community gardens across the capital.

The event attracts up to paying 40,000 visits each year, but members of LPG receive free or discounted tickets. As well as supporting LPG to protect the green capital, members also receive discounted access to winter lectures and a regular magazine to discover more about the rich history and future of London’s gardens.

A limited number of gardens will require pre-booking for entrance and tours. The charity’s website contains a full list of participating gardens. Discounted ‘Early Bird’ tickets (£15) are now available and more information can be found on the charity’s website. Children under 12 gain free entry.


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