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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.

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

120 Fenchurch Street – London’s largest roof garden

A new roof garden has opened in the City of London, and what it lacks in height, it more than makes up for in width -- it's the largest roof garden in London.

Feb
17
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Fairchild’s Garden, E2
London’s Pocket Parks: Fairchild’s Garden, E2

London’s Pocket Parks: Fairchild’s Garden, E2

There can be few greater delights than a wander through a wood on a cold winters day, and sadly, few more dispiriting than a visit to a municipal park on the same day.

Jan
17
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: St Stephen Walbrook’s Churchyard Garden
London’s Pocket Parks: St Stephen Walbrook’s Churchyard Garden

London’s Pocket Parks: St Stephen Walbrook’s Churchyard Garden

Hidden in a side alley behind the back of Mansion House is a gated, and often locked pocket park.

Dec
18
2018
London’s Pocket Parks, Jubilee Park, E14
London’s Pocket Parks, Jubilee Park, E14

London’s Pocket Parks, Jubilee Park, E14

This is a pocket park that sits right on top of a tube station, and one that very nearly didn't exist.

Nov
29
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1

Granville Square is a prominent tree lined square surrounded by period homes, located north of Kings Cross Road.

Nov
14
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: St Andrew’s Gardens, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: St Andrew’s Gardens, WC1

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

A ramshackle old park that looks in need of some T&C with grave stones haphazardly sinking into the ground, this is St Andrew's Garden in Camden.

Oct
24
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Drury Lane Gardens, WC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Drury Lane Gardens, WC2

London’s Pocket Parks: Drury Lane Gardens, WC2

Like many pocket parks, this is the result of too many people dying too often -- it's a disused graveyard.

Aug
22
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Bunhill Fields Burial Ground
London’s Pocket Parks: Bunhill Fields Burial Ground

London’s Pocket Parks: Bunhill Fields Burial Ground

Just to the south of Old Street can be found one of London's oldest and greatest burial grounds, and one with a most unusual history.

Jul
25
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Aldgate Square, EC3
London’s Pocket Parks: Aldgate Square, EC3

London’s Pocket Parks: Aldgate Square, EC3

London's newest Pocket Park opened a couple of weeks ago, replacing an ugly road junction that was a legacy of 1960s thinking.

Jul
18
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Christchurch Greyfriars Churchyard
London’s Pocket Parks: Christchurch Greyfriars Churchyard

London’s Pocket Parks: Christchurch Greyfriars Churchyard

A gas lamp lit shady rectangle of grass providing relaxing seating next to a church for a She-Wolf.

Jul
11
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Emma Cons Gardens, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Emma Cons Gardens, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Emma Cons Gardens, SE1

This is rather forlorn pocket park of the sort that only a mother could love, sitting in the corner of a corner of two busy roads.

Jul
05
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: St Dunstan-in-the-East
London’s Pocket Parks: St Dunstan-in-the-East

London’s Pocket Parks: St Dunstan-in-the-East

On a side street, just about visible from the main road, lies one of London's greatest so-called hidden delights.

Jun
28
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Christchurch Greyfriars Garden, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Christchurch Greyfriars Garden, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Christchurch Greyfriars Garden, EC1

This, as so many of the City of London gardens is the site of former religious worship, but unlike most other gardens, this isn't the graveyard, but the remains of the church itself.

Jun
20
2018

Making posh Grosvenor Square more welcoming to visitors

Following the recent departure of the US Embassy, plans are afoot to revamp the neighbouring Grosvenor Square now that the security paranoia has moved away.

Jun
19
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Albert Square Gardens, E1
London’s Pocket Parks: Albert Square Gardens, E1

London’s Pocket Parks: Albert Square Gardens, E1

A few miles from its fictional location, there is a very real Albert Square and it has a large open garden in the heart of the square.

Jun
06
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: US Embassy Gardens, SW11
London’s Pocket Parks: US Embassy Gardens, SW11

London’s Pocket Parks: US Embassy Gardens, SW11

Apart from it's boxy architecture, the US Embassy in London is also noted for the lake and garden that surround it.

May
30
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Churchyard, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Churchyard, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Churchyard, EC1

This is a tiny little pocket park that should have me delighting in its planting, but actually has me dispirited at the missed opportunity.

May
23
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Bankside’s Metal Box Garden
London’s Pocket Parks: Bankside’s Metal Box Garden

London’s Pocket Parks: Bankside’s Metal Box Garden

What looks like an abandoned rubbish skip now overflowing with plants growing in the rubble is actually a specially planted metal box garden.

May
09
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Joseph Grimaldi Park, N1
London’s Pocket Parks: Joseph Grimaldi Park, N1

London’s Pocket Parks: Joseph Grimaldi Park, N1

This is a former church graveyard near Kings Cross, that is famous for having two graves that you are actively encouraged to dance on.

May
02
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Garden, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Garden, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Garden, EC1

This small park near to Farringdon station is unsurprisingly, a former church graveyard, but also the site of a tumultuous period of English history.

Apr
25
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: 15 Clerkenwell Close
London’s Pocket Parks: 15 Clerkenwell Close

London’s Pocket Parks: 15 Clerkenwell Close

This may be the best-hidden pocket park in London, or maybe I wandered onto private property, it's not entirely easy to be sure which.

Apr
18
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: St Leonard’s Priory, E3
London’s Pocket Parks: St Leonard’s Priory, E3

London’s Pocket Parks: St Leonard’s Priory, E3

Sat right next to a roaring main road it's probably not a surprise that this former churchyard is looking rather forlorn, for who would want to sit here?

Apr
11
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Altab Ali Park, E1
London’s Pocket Parks: Altab Ali Park, E1

London’s Pocket Parks: Altab Ali Park, E1

Despite its name, this park is actually a former graveyard and site of a famous church that gave its name to the entire area of Whitechapel.

Apr
04
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Ebury Square Gardens, SW1
London’s Pocket Parks: Ebury Square Gardens, SW1

London’s Pocket Parks: Ebury Square Gardens, SW1

Ebury Square takes its name from Ebury Farm, which used to be where Victoria Coach Station is today.

Mar
28
2018