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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

London’s Pocket Parks: Mount Nod – the Huguenot burial ground
London’s Pocket Parks: Mount Nod – the Huguenot burial ground

This is a a pocket park that you can’t visit – yet. You will be able to soon though as it’s about to be restored and opened to the public.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Made up in two sections, an upper street level with a

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.