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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: Basil Hume memorial garden, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Basil Hume memorial garden, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Basil Hume memorial garden, EC1

A short walk from the Barbican is a small perfectly formed little garden created in memory of Basil Hume, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster from 1979 until his death in 1999.

Oct
01
2020
Grosvenor Square getting a hidden water garden
Grosvenor Square getting a hidden water garden

Grosvenor Square getting a hidden water garden

The classically grand but bland Grosvenor Square is about to get a major transformation into a more playful space.

Sep
24
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Bloomsbury Square
London’s Pocket Parks: Bloomsbury Square

London’s Pocket Parks: Bloomsbury Square

This is one of London's larger pocket parks, and also one of its oldest, at around 360 years old -- but it was only opened to the public in the 1950s.

Sep
03
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Fortune Street Park, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Fortune Street Park, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Fortune Street Park, EC1

This is a busy pocket park that sits just to the north of the Barbican, with wide-open space, a children's space, and a coffee shop.

Aug
25
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: St Dunstan-in-the-West Burial Ground, EC4
London’s Pocket Parks: St Dunstan-in-the-West Burial Ground, EC4

London’s Pocket Parks: St Dunstan-in-the-West Burial Ground, EC4

This small but rather neat pocket park is exceptionally well hidden squeezed between buildings on a quiet back street in the City of London.

Jul
30
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Ewer Street rain garden, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Ewer Street rain garden, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Ewer Street rain garden, SE1

This is probably one of the smallest pocket parks I've written about, a narrow strip of raised bedding on a side street in Southwark.

Jun
23
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: King George’s Fields, Rotherhithe
London’s Pocket Parks: King George’s Fields, Rotherhithe

London’s Pocket Parks: King George’s Fields, Rotherhithe

This is one of many of the King George Fields that can be found across London, and the UK.

Apr
15
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Barton Green, KT3
London’s Pocket Parks: Barton Green, KT3

London’s Pocket Parks: Barton Green, KT3

This rather municipal looking open space in the middle of a housing estate has a remarkable story -- it's named after a holder of the Victoria Cross.

Mar
18
2020
Roof garden at 120 Fenchurch Street to remain open at weekends
Roof garden at 120 Fenchurch Street to remain open at weekends

Roof garden at 120 Fenchurch Street to remain open at weekends

When the City's largest roof garden opened a year ago, it was to be kept open in the evenings, and for a trial period, at weekends.

Mar
09
2020
Grosvenor Square revamp to go ahead
Grosvenor Square revamp to go ahead

Grosvenor Square revamp to go ahead

The grand Grosvenor Square in central London is to get a 300th-anniversary makeover, and the lead design team has been announced.

Feb
25
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Royal Victoria Gardens, E16
London’s Pocket Parks: Royal Victoria Gardens, E16

London’s Pocket Parks: Royal Victoria Gardens, E16

This decent sized municipal park in east London was once owned by distant Westminster Abbey, if you go back far enough.

Jan
29
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Gallions Hill and Reach Park, SE28
London’s Pocket Parks: Gallions Hill and Reach Park, SE28

London’s Pocket Parks: Gallions Hill and Reach Park, SE28

This riverside park features a tall man-made mound surrounded by a cluster of barrows offering views across southeast London.

Jan
02
2020
London’s Pocket Parks: Hatfields Green, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Hatfields Green, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Hatfields Green, SE1

This small side street park in Southwark is an interesting park that was recently refurbished into its current rather bubbly appearance.

Dec
18
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Cremorne Gardens, SW10
London’s Pocket Parks: Cremorne Gardens, SW10

London’s Pocket Parks: Cremorne Gardens, SW10

This otherwise fairly ordinary local park is a lingering relic of a grand Victorian pleasure garden that stretched all the way from the river to King's Road.

Nov
28
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Ropers Gardens, SW3
London’s Pocket Parks: Ropers Gardens, SW3

London’s Pocket Parks: Ropers Gardens, SW3

This sunken 1960s style garden exists thanks in part to the diligence of German bombers, but also a Tudor wedding.

Nov
12
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Bassishaw Highwalk, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Bassishaw Highwalk, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: Bassishaw Highwalk, EC2

This is an elevated pocket park next to London Wall that's both open to visit, but sufficiently off the obvious routes so hardly known.

Jul
25
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: St Vedast Alias Foster, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: St Vedast Alias Foster, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: St Vedast Alias Foster, EC2

Hidden behind a blue door just off Cheapside lies one of London's most charming little pocket parks. As with many of the City's church parks, it's a former graveyard, although you'd never know to look at it.

Jul
04
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Khadija’s Garden, N1
London’s Pocket Parks: Khadija’s Garden, N1

London’s Pocket Parks: Khadija’s Garden, N1

When out for a walk, I often take photos of things then research them when I get home. Here is a pocket park that I was to learn comes with a tragic ending.

Jul
01
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Alf Barrett Playground
London’s Pocket Parks: Alf Barrett Playground

London’s Pocket Parks: Alf Barrett Playground

Ever engage in a bit of quick research thinking this wont be difficult and an hour later am screaming at how little seems to be known about it. That's this pocket park.

Jun
06
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Wellington Park, SE18
London’s Pocket Parks: Wellington Park, SE18

London’s Pocket Parks: Wellington Park, SE18

Inside the grounds of the once secretive military arsenal at Woolwich can be found a formal gardens of a park named after the Duke of Wellington.

May
29
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Paradise Gardens, E2
London’s Pocket Parks: Paradise Gardens, E2

London’s Pocket Parks: Paradise Gardens, E2

This thin strip of land next to the busy roads of Bethnal Green is the rather inappropriately named Paradise Gardens.

Apr
10
2019
London’s Pocket Parks, Bernays Gardens, HA7
London’s Pocket Parks, Bernays Gardens, HA7

London’s Pocket Parks, Bernays Gardens, HA7

Hidden behind a high way away from the main town centre is a garden that sits on the site of an old Manor House.

Apr
03
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: St Augustine Papey, EC3
London’s Pocket Parks: St Augustine Papey, EC3

London’s Pocket Parks: St Augustine Papey, EC3

This particular pocket park is so pocket and so unparklike that it almost scorns the title -- yet it could be so much better.

Feb
28
2019

A chance to visit 10 Downing Street’s back garden

As part of the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend that takes place later this year, one rather special garden will be open to the public – the one behind 10 Downing Street.

Feb
25
2019