London’s Pocket Parks - Archive Articles

A long-running series of articles about the many small parks that can be found all over London.

London’s Pocket Parks: Southbank roof garden, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Southbank roof garden, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Southbank roof garden, SE1

High up on the concrete landscape that's the Southbank Centre can be found a decade-old pocket park that's home to over 200 wild native plants.

May
04
London’s Pocket Parks: Alfred Place Gardens, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Alfred Place Gardens, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Alfred Place Gardens, WC1

This is a new linear pocket park in central London that was until a few months ago an unremarkable road used mainly for parking and deliveries.

Apr
27
London’s Pocket Parks: Bramber Green, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Bramber Green, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Bramber Green, WC1

Originally constructed on a WW2 bomb damaged housing site, Bramber Green in King's Cross was created in the early 1960s to accompany an orange coloured block of flats after which it was named, Bramber House.

Apr
07
London’s Pocket Parks: Talbot Yard courtyard, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Talbot Yard courtyard, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Talbot Yard courtyard, SE1

A rather modern take on the public park can be found hidden away in the narrow side streets to the south of London Bridge station in a corner you're unlikely to stumble upon by accident.

Mar
10
London’s Pocket Parks: Paddington Green, W2
London’s Pocket Parks: Paddington Green, W2

London’s Pocket Parks: Paddington Green, W2

This is a pocket park next to a busy road that today scarce seems like it but has been around for at least 500 years, and now conceals a Cold War bunker.

Mar
03
London’s Pocket Parks: St Paul’s Cathedral Chapter House, EC4
London’s Pocket Parks: St Paul’s Cathedral Chapter House, EC4

London’s Pocket Parks: St Paul’s Cathedral Chapter House, EC4

Easy to overlook on a visit to the Cathedral, but there's a small garden that is laid out to match the site of the medieval cathedral's Chapter House and Cloister.

Feb
23
London’s Pocket Parks: Arnold Estate, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Arnold Estate, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Arnold Estate, SE1

This is a small park in Bermondsey that used to be the site of a Victorian music hall, the Star of Bermondsey, and an adjacent pub-hotel.

Jan
13
London’s Pocket Parks: Greenwood Theatre Garden, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Greenwood Theatre Garden, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Greenwood Theatre Garden, SE1

Wrapping around the outside of a theatre next to London Bridge station is a linear pocket park that opened in 2015.

Jan
05
Plans for NHS Covid memorial in Postman’s Park
Plans for NHS Covid memorial in Postman’s Park

Plans for NHS Covid memorial in Postman’s Park

The Postman's Park in the City of London, which is home to a famous wall of memorials to those that have given their lives whilst saving the lives of others, could gain an NHS memorial

Jan
04
London’s pocket parks: Christ Church, Spitalfields, E1
London’s pocket parks: Christ Church, Spitalfields, E1

London’s pocket parks: Christ Church, Spitalfields, E1

Sitting next to Spitalfields dominant church is a small public park that's a remnant of a much larger graveyard that used to sit to the south of the church.

Dec
30
2021
Plans submitted to revamp Grosvenor Square
Plans submitted to revamp Grosvenor Square

Plans submitted to revamp Grosvenor Square

The large public garden, Grosvenor Square will reach its 300 year anniversary in 2025, and ahead of that, there are plans to substantially revamp the garden space.

Dec
22
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Thornhill Bridge Community Gardens, N1
London’s Pocket Parks: Thornhill Bridge Community Gardens, N1

London’s Pocket Parks: Thornhill Bridge Community Gardens, N1

This is a small park next to the Regents Canal in Barnsbury, that was created as a result of changes to the rules about walking along the canal.

Dec
09
2021
London’s largest roof garden – 120 Fenchurch Street – reopens
London’s largest roof garden – 120 Fenchurch Street – reopens

London’s largest roof garden – 120 Fenchurch Street – reopens

After a rather long pandemic closure, the large roof garden at 120 Fenchurch Street has reopened to the public, with a very windswept opening week ahead.

Dec
08
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Hanover Square, W1
London’s Pocket Parks: Hanover Square, W1

London’s Pocket Parks: Hanover Square, W1

This is one of London's oldest formal squares, just to the south of Oxford Street, and usually, the sort of park only used by locals who know about it, but soon to get a lot busier

Dec
01
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: The Memorial Garden of Rest, W1
London’s Pocket Parks: The Memorial Garden of Rest, W1

London’s Pocket Parks: The Memorial Garden of Rest, W1

This pocket park is 70 years old this year, and was created on the site of a former church that stood next to Marylebone High Street.

Nov
24
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Royal Docks floating garden
London’s Pocket Parks: Royal Docks floating garden

London’s Pocket Parks: Royal Docks floating garden

A few weeks ago a new pocket park opened in London, and this one floats on the water.

Nov
04
2021
Camley Street’s natural park has reopened to the public
Camley Street’s natural park has reopened to the public

Camley Street’s natural park has reopened to the public

A rich nature reserve squeezes into a long narrow gap between two railway stations, and after several years of being closed to the public, the Camley Street Natural Park has at last reopened.

Oct
25
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Pont Street, SW1
London’s Pocket Parks: Pont Street, SW1

London’s Pocket Parks: Pont Street, SW1

It doesn't look it yet, but this patch of ground that looks like it's been used by the local horse riding society is going to become London's newest pocket park.

Oct
20
2021
London’s largest roof garden reopening to the public
London’s largest roof garden reopening to the public

London’s largest roof garden reopening to the public

The roof garden on top of the office block at 120 Fenchurch Street is to reopen following a lengthy pandemic closure.

Oct
19
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Argyle Square, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Argyle Square, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Argyle Square, WC1

This is a municipal garden square that offers a calm quiet patch of greenery just a few moments from King's Cross station.

Oct
13
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Bird in Bush Park, SE15
London’s Pocket Parks: Bird in Bush Park, SE15

London’s Pocket Parks: Bird in Bush Park, SE15

This triangular plot of a park can be found just off the Old Kent Road, and is the result of housing clearance in the 1970s.

Sep
23
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Rathbone Square, W1
London’s Pocket Parks: Rathbone Square, W1

London’s Pocket Parks: Rathbone Square, W1

Just moments from Oxford Street, this is a newish pocket park that sits inside a new mixed development of offices and residential flats with a semi-public square in the middle.

Aug
31
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Belsize Wood, NW3
London’s Pocket Parks: Belsize Wood, NW3

London’s Pocket Parks: Belsize Wood, NW3

Around the back of suburban houses in Belsize Park is a small but richly planted woodland on a very steep slope.

Aug
26
2021
A plant covered sculpture in King’s Cross
A plant covered sculpture in King’s Cross

A plant covered sculpture in King’s Cross

On a side street in King's Cross can be found a wall covered in plants in an unusual plant pot -- a sculpture garden.

Aug
11
2021