Open Squares 2018 – the best hidden gardens in London open to the public this month


For such a cosmopolitan city, London is filled with plenty of unexpected green spaces, including a number of stunning gardens hidden away from view, and often known only to a few well-informed locals. In this blog, we’ll be lifting the lid on some of these beautiful areas, so you can explore them for yourself during your trip to the UK’s capital…

The Sexby Garden

Peckham’s well-hidden The Sexby Garden is truly beautiful, with greenery to die for on Peckham Common. It’s at its best when the abundant wisteria is in full bloom, and with a water fountain, this is a decidedly romantic corner of London to get away from big city life for an idle afternoon during your stay at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch. The garden was restored in the early 2000s and is now a lesser known but nonetheless remarkable area to explore (and take plenty of photographs).

SOAS Japanese Roof Garden

This remarkable roof garden represents a real oasis of tranquillity in London, located just above the Brunei Gallery at the SOAS University. It’s enclosed on each side, with intricate paving and plant life including a number of hanging baskets which blossom in the Spring. Ideal for a stroll before heading to dinner at restaurants in Shoreditch, this is another area where it’s easy to forget you’re in a big city at all.

Ravenscourt Park Walled Garden

This secret garden is another well-hidden treat for those willing to do a bit of exploring, maintained by enthusiastic locals but welcoming to visitors from all over the world who appreciate this stunning area of London. As the name suggests, the garden is walled on each side, and it’s a historic venue with some delightfully scented plant varieties which make any visit extra special.

Rembrandt Gardens

The Rembrandt Gardens are a jewel in Little Venice, the area where the Regent’s Canal meets the Grand Union Canal. There are abundant seating areas to watch the water or the plant life, and lots of colourful tulip borders, which one can only assume pay homage to the Dutch artist whose namesake is given to the gardens themselves. Perfect for exploring the city in more depth while you stay at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch.

Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden

The church attached to this garden suffered from severe bombing during the Second World War, but has been partially restored with wooden towers which are now adorned with a selection of beautiful flowers including clematis and climbing rose varieties. It’s a real haven in the city, with the odd bench to relax and enjoy a sunny summer’s day in peace and quiet.

 Christchurch Greyfriars Church

Postman’s Park

Situated close to St Paul’s Cathedral, this is a favoured spot for workers on their lunch breaks, and it’s easy to see why. The integral Watts Memorial celebrates everyday heroism, and the paved paths allow plenty of space to relax and have a quiet snack.