Hidden within the leafy confines of Holland Park is this serene Japanese-style garden created in 1991. The design is typical of Japanese gardens with a pretty
landscaped area that features a waterfall, stone bridge and a pond with large koi fish swimming around.
Laid out in the 1630s, this is London’s largest and arguably finest public square. It’s a large green space that’s surrounded on all sides by historic buildings and institutions, giving it a cloistered atmosphere. At the eastern side is the brick gatehouse to Lincoln’s Inn Court.
This is a tranquil and magical place. It was founded in 1673 and is England’s second oldest botanical garden. Originally an apothecary garden, it remains an important place for the study of medicinal plants. It closes during the winter except for a short window when the snowdrops come into flower.
In the heart of the V&A’s museum is this superb courtyard garden. It’s a delightful space, surrounded on all sides by the imposing 19th-century Italianate museum buildings. Redesigned in 2005 the main feature is a large oval stone pool with fountains, grass areas and hydrangeas and lemon trees planted by the walls.
DALSTON EASTERN CURVE GARDEN
Occupying a formerly derelict space where the Eastern Curve railway line once ran, this community garden is a surprising delight. There are many wildlife-friendly plants and trees, some of which were already growing on the site when the garden was developed in 2009. It has an allotment area, a wooden
pavilion for events and an excellent cafe.