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City & South Bank Open Gardens

Past event 8AM-8PM Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 June 2017

Event location: EC1A 4JA

31 Open gardens
Admission: £13 in advance/£15 on day
  • City & South Bank Open Gardens
  • City & South Bank Open Gardens
  • City & South Bank Open Gardens
  • City & South Bank Open Gardens
  • City & South Bank Open Gardens
  • City & South Bank Open Gardens
  • City & South Bank Open Gardens

Gardens in ruined churches and the Inns of Court, monastic and Knights Hospitaller gardens, aerial and Underground gardens, cathedral and ancient Livery company gardens, contemporary City, charity and community gardens - some of the most beautiful and interesting gardens are to be found in the heart of London.

One ticket gives you access to more than 230 private, secret and little-known gardens across the capital during London Open Garden Squares Weekend.

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Below are just those in the City & South Bank area:

1. Barbican Station Pop-up Garden Sat 11:00–15:00
First community garden on the Underground, created on a disused platform in 2015 by a partnership between Friends of City Gardens and Transport for London. Planting mimics the dynamics of acceleration and braking of trains. Pre-booked tours only. Further details

2. Barbican Wildlife Garden, Fann Street Sat 10:00–16:00, Sun 12:00–16:00
A unique green space on the Barbican Estate, this garden is actively managed by City Gardens and tended by Barbican Wildlife Group volunteers to enhance wildlife and to provide a peaceful place for residents and friends to enjoy nature. Further details

3. Baring Asset Management
Two roof gardens, one inspired by Asia and the other by Europe. Herbs and fruit trees, used in food produced by the kitchens. Further details

4. Crossbones Memorial Garden Sat 11:00–15:00
Garden of remembrance on the site of a burial ground for licensed prostitutes. Stunning 'goosewing' entrance and honey-coloured Cotswold limestone walls. 'Feminine' pastel shades decorating the edge of the garden. Garden tour.
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5. The Deanery Sat 10:30–14:30
A delightful historic garden belonging to the private residence of the Dean of Southwark Cathedral. Secluded and hidden from the bustle of tourists, a peaceful haven for wildlife. Further details

6. Drapers' Hall Garden Sun 10:00–16:00
A small part of the original garden, purchased by the Drapers' Company from Henry VIII in 1543. Gates, walls and railings, designed by Stephen Dykes Bower, date from the 1970s. Further details

7. Eversheds Sutherland Vegetable Garden Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Once just a blank corner of the roof amongst the plant and machinery, now growing a variety of edible and ornamental plants using a mix of containers and recycled items. Also beehives and amazing, iconic views across London. Further details

8. The Golden Baggers Sat 10:30–16:30, Sun 11:00–16:00
Community food-growing space in disused playground, comprising 42 boxes for growing a range of produce and wildlife-friendly plants. Tea, coffee and cakes. Further details

9. Gray's Inn Sun 14:00–17:00
Known as the Walks, the gardens were first laid out by Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626). A number of surviving Indian bean trees were grown from slips brought back from Virginia in America by Sir Walter Raleigh and planted by Bacon. Further details

10. Hachette UK Limited Sat 10:00–15:00
Roof garden with two lawns and multiple planted beds with an English country garden feel. View overlooking the river Thames from Tower Bridge all the way down to the London Eye. Further details

11. Inner Temple Garden Sun 10:00–14:00
Part of the Inns of Court lying between Fleet Street and the Embankment. The magnificent high border overlooks lawns interspersed with mature trees. Continuously developed borders display an unusual variety of herbaceous plant combinations. Further details

12. Lever Street Community Garden Sat 13:00–16:30, Sun 13:00–16:30
Prize-winning garden with raised beds for 17 local people growing a variety of vegetables on a previously neglected site. Fruit trees and bushes, shrubs, flowering plants and a communal herb bed. Further details

13. The Master's Garden Sun 12:30–17:00
Quiet and hidden garden on a plateau over 17th-century catacombs. Planting suitable for dry conditions. Further details

14. Middle Temple Sun 10:00–14:00
Hidden courtyards, a sunny square where tender species survive, and a vegetable and cutting garden. In the main garden, a fine medieval hall forms a spectacular backdrop for a planted terrace and lawns sweeping down to the river. Refreshments. Further details

15. Museum of Methodism, John Wesley's House and Wesley's Chapel Sat 10:00–16:00
Grounds of chapel built in 1778 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, originally part of the cemetery where early Methodists are still laid to rest. Experience life inside Wesley's House, brought to life by re-enactors.
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16. Nomura International PLC Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Vast roof terrace with panoramic views of the Thames and professionally managed formal gardens. Award-winning kitchen garden managed by volunteers, producing vegetables and edible flowers. Further details

17. Postman's Park Sat 08:00–19:00, Sun 08:00–19:00
Small park formed from a churchyard and laid out as a public garden in 1880. A touching wall of Doulton tablets records the heroic deeds of ordinary men, women and children who lost their lives to save others. Further details

18. Providence Row Rooftop Garden Sat 12:00–16:00
Homelessness charity offering accredited gardening training and growing produce served to rough sleepers. Lush courtyard garden, secret rooftop allotment and apiary. Garden tours, refreshments. Further details

19. Red Cross Garden Sat 08:00–20:00, Sun 08:00–20:00
A beautiful Victorian garden in the heart of Southwark. Octavia Hill's flagship project for environmental and social schemes in 1887, restored as an 'open-air sitting-room' by Bankside Open Spaces Trust in 2005 with Heritage Lottery funding. Further details

20. Museum of the Order of St John Sun 10:00–17:00
Cloister garden planted with medicinal plants and herbs to reflect the work of the Knights Hospitaller and recalling the former gardens of the medieval Clerkenwell Priory. Pop-up café, create a medieval soap ball, children's trail.
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21. St Joseph's Garden Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
A patch of green in a densely urban environment. A haven for birds. A small space to pause and be refreshed. A modest tribute to the late Cardinal Basil Hume. Further details

22. St Luke's Community Centre Sat 12:00–16:00, Sun 12:00–16:00
Two contrasting community garden spaces - a tranquil roof terrace garden and a brand new food growing space built on a concrete car park. Further details

23. Salters' Garden Sat 09:00–17:00
Originally opened in 1981 and redesigned as a knot garden by David Hicks FRSA in 1995. Bordered by Roman/medieval city wall. Further developed in 2017. Further details

24. Southwark Cathedral Churchyard and Herb Garden Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–16:00
A quiet oasis of tranquillity in a vibrant part of London, located next to Borough Market and the Shard. Monastic-themed herb garden and planting with Shakespearean and biblical connections. Further details

25. Community Garden at Tate Modern Sat 10:00–17:00
Gated community garden just 100 yards from the river Thames. Wildlife pond, raised herb and flower beds. The space is enjoyed by local residents, who also take part in gardening events. A real oasis of peace in the heart of Bankside. Further details

26. Vestry House Sun 11:00–15:00
Award-winning garden on the site of a churchyard and college dating from the 12th century. Both were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and not rebuilt. Privately owned, this unique space combines traditional and more contemporary elements. Further details

27. Beech Gardens, the Barbican Estate Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
One of the newest gardens in the City of London, bringing a modern horticultural approach to the grade II-listed Barbican Estate. Further details

28. Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden Sat 08:00–19:00, Sun 08:00–19:00
A garden on the site of the Franciscan Church of Greyfriars, first established in 1225. The garden mirrors the floor plan of the original church. Further details

29. Cleary Garden Sat 08:00–19:00, Sun 08:00–19:00
This garden was the 2007 Loire Valley Wines Legacy Garden, redeveloped with vines and aromatic plants. Two terraces lead down to an intimate lawn. Further details

30. St Dunstan's in the East Church Garden Sat 08:00–19:00, Sun 08:00–19:00
Claimed to be the most beautiful public garden in the City. An imaginative planting scheme among the ruined arches of the church bombed in WW2. A scene of romance and peace. Further details

31. St Olave Hart Street Churchyard Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–17:00
Recently refurbished churchyard of medieval church rebuilt in the 15th century. Final resting place of Samuel Pepys and William Turner, 'the father of English botany'. Recent replanting includes several plants associated with Turner. Further details

City & South Bank Map
(Event post code EC1A 4JA is nearest post code to Barbican Station Pop-up Garden - the first Open Gardens)

Tickets on sale
Adult weekend online advance ticket - £13 (available until midnight Thursday 15th June)
Adult weekend ticket - £15 (available to purchase from gardens across the weekend)
Group rate weekend online advance ticket - £12
Children under 12 - free (but will require their own ticket)
Sunday only ticket - £10

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