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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: St George’s Gardens, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: St George’s Gardens, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: St George’s Gardens, WC1

This is a large secluded park that has several small entrances off residential roads, so unless you're exploring Bloomsbury's side streets it's very easy to not know it's here.

Aug
05
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Prince’s Gardens, SW7
London’s Pocket Parks: Prince’s Gardens, SW7

London’s Pocket Parks: Prince’s Gardens, SW7

This is a large garden square near South Kensington's museums but hidden away behind rows of houses so only the locals know about it.

Jul
29
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Barnsbury Wood, N1
London’s Pocket Parks: Barnsbury Wood, N1

London’s Pocket Parks: Barnsbury Wood, N1

Described as London's smallest nature reserve, this patch of woodland is hidden behind a triangle of Georgian houses in Islington, and only open to the public for 2 hours a week.

Jul
22
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Olympic Ring Park, N1C
London’s Pocket Parks: Olympic Ring Park, N1C

London’s Pocket Parks: Olympic Ring Park, N1C

A small roadside park alongside St Pancras Station has something hidden in the bushes - pieces of the London 2012 Olympic rings.

Jul
15
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Calthorpe Community Garden, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Calthorpe Community Garden, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Calthorpe Community Garden, WC1

This community park and allotments on Grays Inn Road is a legacy of campaigning to prevent an office block from being built here.

Jul
08
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Leathermarket Gardens, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Leathermarket Gardens, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Leathermarket Gardens, SE1

This largish park near London Bridge is the result of post-WW2 clearance when most of the site was flattened by bombs.

Jun
09
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Salters’ Gardens, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Salters’ Gardens, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: Salters’ Gardens, EC2

This is a sunken garden not far from the Barbican that until recently was a little known space hidden from view by 1970s office blocks.

Jun
03
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Charlton station
London’s Pocket Parks: Charlton station

London’s Pocket Parks: Charlton station

This is a pocket park that sits next to Charlton station in southeast London and was created in 2013 as the first site of a local community gardens group.

May
27
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Holy Trinity Brompton churchyard
London’s Pocket Parks: Holy Trinity Brompton churchyard

London’s Pocket Parks: Holy Trinity Brompton churchyard

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of busy Knightsbridge is this large open churchyard that's an oasis of calm.

May
20
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: King Square Gardens, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: King Square Gardens, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: King Square Gardens, EC1

This is a large municipal park surrounded by tower blocks that was once a middle-class Georgian housing development and later gained fame for some marching hammers.

May
05
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: All Hallows Church, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: All Hallows Church, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: All Hallows Church, EC2

This is a narrow stony pocket park with raised beds of flowers that sits on an old church graveyard overlooking London Wall.

Apr
29
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Artizan Street, E1
London’s Pocket Parks: Artizan Street, E1

London’s Pocket Parks: Artizan Street, E1

This is a deceptively simple-looking pocket park if you aren't aware of what used to be here - it used to be an ugly car park ramp.

Apr
22
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Willow Street, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Willow Street, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: Willow Street, EC2

This Shoreditch based pocket park is relatively new sitting on top of what had been a service ramp to an underground car park.

Apr
15
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1
London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1

London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1

This is today a modest park with a playground that conveniently faces onto a canal dock, but was once mainly industrial.

Apr
07
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Worship Square, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Worship Square, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: Worship Square, EC2

This is a brand new pocket park in Shoreditch that was once a road and motorbike parking space.

Mar
25
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: St Alfege Park, SE10
London’s Pocket Parks: St Alfege Park, SE10

London’s Pocket Parks: St Alfege Park, SE10

Greenwich is famous for its Royal Park, but right in the town centre is another park, hidden behind the church and surrounded by high walls.

Mar
03
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: All Hallows Church and Community Garden, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: All Hallows Church and Community Garden, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: All Hallows Church and Community Garden, SE1

This small garden on the site of a bombed-out church in the side streets of Southwark also has links to the origins of 1980s synthpop music.

Feb
11
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Southwood Garden, W1
London’s Pocket Parks: Southwood Garden, W1

London’s Pocket Parks: Southwood Garden, W1

This pocket park sitting next to St James Church in Piccadilly is unsurprising, a former graveyard, but was laid out as a garden after WW2.

Feb
04
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Camden Gardens, NW1
London’s Pocket Parks: Camden Gardens, NW1

London’s Pocket Parks: Camden Gardens, NW1

A decent-sized triangle of land next to Camden Road station, with the railway running through the middle of it, on arches.

Dec
31
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Mallon Gardens, E1
London’s Pocket Parks: Mallon Gardens, E1

London’s Pocket Parks: Mallon Gardens, E1

This is a newish garden that has emerged from behind fencing following the restoration of the historic Toynbee Hall in Whitechapel.

Nov
26
2020
London’s Pocket Parks, Rennie Garden, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks, Rennie Garden, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks, Rennie Garden, SE1

This pocket park is named after John Rennie, the engineer who built the original Waterloo Bridge, and designed the original Southwark Bridge, and the previous London Bridge.

Nov
05
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Old Street Yard, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Old Street Yard, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Old Street Yard, EC1

This is a new pocket park that came into existence as part of the redevelopment of Trans World House, a dreary 1960s office block that used to be on this corner of the Old Street roundabout.

Oct
27
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Moor Lane Community Garden, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Moor Lane Community Garden, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: Moor Lane Community Garden, EC2

A pocket park worthy of the name has appeared next to the Barbican and is a few pot plants in a few concrete pots.

Oct
20
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Cavell Street Garden, E1
London’s Pocket Parks: Cavell Street Garden, E1

London’s Pocket Parks: Cavell Street Garden, E1

A side street in Shadwell has a small pocket park with gates leading to a space once filled with housing.

Oct
08
2020