London’s Pocket Parks - Archive Articles

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.

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

Hidden behind a blue door lies one of London’s most charming little pocket parks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A chance to visit 10 Downing Street’s back garden
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Making posh Grosvenor Square more welcoming to visitors
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.

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.