London was looking so inviting in the May drizzle this morning but the longer evenings are definitely here. One of the things I love to do at lunchtime in the city is head out for a walk and eat lunch outside – seeking out secret spots and hidden gardens to perch in on a bench with my coffee and sandwich. The sun might not have been out today but it will will be back. (I have to keep reminding myself that, metaphorically too).
London is full of lovely places to sit for a while; little squares, tiny gardens and even a host of other not so tiny gardens which are probably unlikely ever to be used to their full potential because, deliberately or otherwise, they have been hidden in plain sight by the developers and planners. You have probably heard of the most famous one – the Sky Garden in the “walkie-talkie’ building which was created – primarily at least – to comply with a condition attached to the building’s planning permission pursuant to s.106 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990. There are however lots more which are totally accessible only often marked with tiny little signs as public despite the railings and gates (or security systems) suggesting otherwise.
Other hidden gardens are equally hidden but aren’t the work of a developer complying with planning permission and are more welcoming to the public, if you know where to look. This infographic which Artificial Grass London sent me has some great suggestions for some lovely hidden gardens which would make a lovely walk at lunchtime. I can also recommend one of my favourite locations near my office which is Lincoln’s Inn (not the Fields which are obvious, but duck through one of the gateways into the Inn itself and there are beautiful lawns and sunny benches, just right for a lunch break).
Are they any more suggestions that I should try? Any other secret gardens out there?