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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: Fen Court, EC3
London’s Pocket Parks: Fen Court, EC3

London’s Pocket Parks: Fen Court, EC3

This is a very well hidden little pocket park that can only be found if you're minded to slip through an alley to discover this former church graveyard.

Feb
28
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Seething Lane Garden, EC3
London’s Pocket Parks: Seething Lane Garden, EC3

London’s Pocket Parks: Seething Lane Garden, EC3

This is a recently totally rebuilt garden, replacing a classic old enclosed garden with a modern open style, and gaining an underground car park in the process.

Feb
21
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Brewers Hall Garden, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Brewers Hall Garden, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: Brewers Hall Garden, EC2

A less appealing garden is difficult to imagine, and if there wasn't a sign announcing that this patch of paving was actually a garden, I'd have never expected it to be one.

Feb
07
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: One Coleman Street Gardens, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: One Coleman Street Gardens, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: One Coleman Street Gardens, EC2

One Coleman Street Gardens is a small public space in the City of London creating a contemporary space as a relief from the hard surrounding streets.

Jan
31
2018
London’s Pocket Parks – St Mary Aldermanbury, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks – St Mary Aldermanbury, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks – St Mary Aldermanbury, EC2

This pocket park covers the remains of St Mary Aldermanbury, a church that was destroyed during WW2, and rebuilt -- in the USA.

Jan
24
2018
London’s Pocket Parks – Garden West of 25 Cannon Street, EC4
London’s Pocket Parks – Garden West of 25 Cannon Street, EC4

London’s Pocket Parks – Garden West of 25 Cannon Street, EC4

A rather fine pocket park in the City of London that is not managed by the City of London. And unlike other parks, it doesn't have a name.

Jan
17
2018
London’s Pocket Parks – St Anne & St Agnes, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks – St Anne & St Agnes, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks – St Anne & St Agnes, EC2

This is one of London's former graveyards turned into public park, but with the rare advantage that the church it's attached to still existing.

Jan
10
2018
London’s Pocket Parks – The Goldsmiths Garden, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks – The Goldsmiths Garden, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks – The Goldsmiths Garden, EC2

As with many of the City of London's pocket parks, this is a former graveyard for the church of St John Zachary, and also a site of war damage.

Jan
03
2018
London’s Pocket Parks – St Mary Staining, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks – St Mary Staining, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks – St Mary Staining, EC2

This small pocket park can be found slightly hidden away in a corner of a side street near the Guildhall and owes its current existence to the Great Fire of London.

Dec
27
2017
London’s Pocket Parks – Yalta Memorial Garden, SW7
London’s Pocket Parks – Yalta Memorial Garden, SW7

London’s Pocket Parks – Yalta Memorial Garden, SW7

This modest little triangular plot is surrounded by two major roads, but also contains a very important memorial.

Dec
20
2017
London’s Pocket Parks – Aldermanbury Square, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks – Aldermanbury Square, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks – Aldermanbury Square, EC2

This is a very modern take on the pocket park, with lots of grey stones, green trees and mini-fountains.

Dec
13
2017
London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1

A patch of council housing in Clerkenwell has been recently improved by replacing concrete and cars with grasses and greenery.

Dec
06
2017
London’s Pocket Parks – St Peter Cheap, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks – St Peter Cheap, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks – St Peter Cheap, EC2

This is a rather desultory park, with a strong unpleasant odor on my visit, but it is notable for the absolutely gigantic tree that dominates the area.

Nov
29
2017
London’s Pocket Parks – The Water Gardens, W2
London’s Pocket Parks – The Water Gardens, W2

London’s Pocket Parks – The Water Gardens, W2

This is an ornamental garden on the corner of Edgware Road and Sussex Gardens that despite its name doesn't contain any water.

Nov
22
2017
London’s Pocket Parks – Cleary Gardens, EC4
London’s Pocket Parks – Cleary Gardens, EC4

London’s Pocket Parks – Cleary Gardens, EC4

This stepped series of gardens are the result of post war clearance, but has an industrial heritage that can be traced as far back as Roman times.

Nov
15
2017
London’s Pocket Parks – Whittington Garden
London’s Pocket Parks – Whittington Garden

London’s Pocket Parks – Whittington Garden

This garden is one of the legacies of WW2, as it sits on land that was badly damaged by bombing raids.

Nov
07
2017
London’s Pocket Parks – Tallow Chandlers Hall
London’s Pocket Parks – Tallow Chandlers Hall

London’s Pocket Parks – Tallow Chandlers Hall

A curious delight can be found around the corner from Cannon Street station - a small garden cut out of the side of an office building.

Oct
31
2017
A pop-up clean air garden at the Barbican
A pop-up clean air garden at the Barbican

A pop-up clean air garden at the Barbican

If you're wandering around the back of the Barbican, you might spy a lot of steel tubes with a seemingly random selection of plants in them.

Sep
26
2017
A memorial garden on the Isle of Dogs
A memorial garden on the Isle of Dogs

A memorial garden on the Isle of Dogs

A small garden laid out in two circles can be found near Canary Wharf that was created in memory of those who have worked on the Isle of Dogs.

Jul
01
2017
London’s other “garden bridge”
London’s other “garden bridge”

London’s other “garden bridge”

While the Thames garden bridge gets all the attention, why not pay a visit to a garden bridge that works, that lacks security guards, and rather than protests, when opened was lauded and applauded.

Apr
04
2017
Turning a disused railway into public park
Turning a disused railway into public park

Turning a disused railway into public park

The people behind plans to convert a disused railway in Peckham into a public walkway are seeking financing through a crowdfunding campaign to raise £66,000 in start-up funds.

Sep
15
2015
The UK’s smallest King George Field is in London
The UK’s smallest King George Field is in London

The UK’s smallest King George Field is in London

Around 50 years ago an association closed its books after successfully setting up over 470 public gardens around the UK.

Sep
12
2015
Photos from inside the SkyGarden
Photos from inside the SkyGarden

Photos from inside the SkyGarden

After much anticipation, and recent complaints, the SkyGarden has accepted its first paying customers, and non-paying voyeurs and at last a chance for us mere mortals to see what the fuss has been about.

Jan
12
2015
Visit the Barbican’s garden conservatory
Visit the Barbican’s garden conservatory

Visit the Barbican’s garden conservatory

Although as much loved as loathed for its expansive use of brutalist concrete, the Barbican is a surprisingly green place, with lots of open spaces and gardens.

Jan
04
2015