What better way to spend a summer’s weekend than wandering around the hidden gardens of London? Open Garden Squares Weekend, in association with the National Trust, allows the public to explore the normally private green spaces of the capital. One £10 ticket will grant you access to over 200 gardens on the weekend of 8th-9th June, many of which are putting on food and drink, activities, guided tours and Q&A sessions (if you want to swot up on gardening techniques). With an array of gardens to visit all over London, we have picked our best three to give you an idea of what the weekend has to offer.
Sitting on top of the Thames Tunnel, the Brunel Museum is a bit further afield but well worth a visit to get away from the busy centre and see a different area of London steeped with history.
- Complete with a floodlit Thames Tunnel and a café looking over the river.
- The Midnight Apothecary serves cocktails containing all the fruits from the garden.
- Brunel’s designs are used everywhere in the gardens making it a great place to sit as well as admire!
Brunel Museum Gardens open 10 am -22.30 pm Saturday and Sunday, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF
This garden is full of community spirit. The space has been transformed into a wildlife haven thanks to local volunteers.
- The garden has over 50 plots to walk through filled with ponds, a small greenhouse and more recently a bee hive.
- You can buy organic local produce, home grown plants and light refreshments
- They are also running crafts stalls and children’s activities throughout the day.
Open on Sunday 10am -5pm, Hardinge Street, E1 0EL
Previously misused dumps used during WW2 for trench shelters, the locals have now transformed the space into a pop up gin bar for one weekend only! Using local ingredients they are creating an array gin cocktails, tailoring the menu to the location. Very MASK!
- A little hideaway surrounded by herbs, flowerbeds and leafy foliage
- A garden full of gin – what more could you want!
The Gin Garden only open Sunday 2 pm-5pm, Arilington Square N1 7DR