Now that the sunshine is becoming ever brighter with spring in full swing, it’s time to get out of the house and the solace and warmth of the inside and bask in the newfound heat and promise of an ever nearing summer. Finding a way to escape the hustle and bustle of London’s popular green areas such as Hyde Park and Green Park is difficult, as they are the first places one would think of when finding somewhere to relax. That’s why we’ve given guests at the Montcalm brewery hotel on Chiswell Street London a head start in finding those secret green spaces dotted around the city. For a city with so compact with large buildings, there are more green and beautiful hideaways than you would think.
Japanese Rooftop Garden
At SOAS University, visitors can search for their inner peace at the Japanese rooftop garden. This beautiful replica of traditional Japanese gardens includes climbing wisteria, providing purple flowers as well as sandstone and raked sliver granite slabs in a chequerboard with green grassed patches in irregular patterns. The flowing water and bridge provide even more texture to this beautiful minimalist design. To find the garden, go to the main building of the 100 year old University. The Garden was built as part of the Japan 2001 celebrations and opened by an honorary fellow of the University. The garden is dedicated to the concept of forgiveness and allows visitors a quiet space to meditate and find their own inner solace.
Holland Park Kyoto Gardens
Found inside the 40 acres of Holland Park, another Japanese inspired secret garden is the Kyoto Garden. Among its rocky water features and beautiful shrubbery, guests can find a bridge, stony areas and Koi carp among the minimalist shrubbery. This proves a great place to relax among the busy Holland Park.
The Isabella Plantation
The Isabella Plantation is located in Richmond Park; this is one of London’s Royal Parks and was created by former Prime Minister Lord Sidmouth in the early 1800’s. It was initially a fenced off area so as to keep the native deer out of the area, keeping it as a place of undisturbed solace. After the Second World War it was revitalised as a garden, adding a dash of colour to the otherwise green surrounding park. The garden is organically cultivated, with rich flora and fauna and became a public attraction in the early 1950’s.
Hampstead Pergola and Hill Gardens
Hampstead Pergola and Hill Gardens was created for businessman Lord Leverhulme in 1910 and restored in the 1990’s as a garden dedicated to arts and crafts. Come the end of spring, the wide reaching pergola becomes emblazoned with wisteria whilst long eared bats make their home in the area. This Edwardian era garden is also available for weddings and gives visitors a brilliant view of the city from atop the titular hill.
Fulham Palace Gardens
This Tudor Walled Garden was created by Bishop Grindal in the 16th century and is located in the grounds of Fulham Palace, a Grade I listed building and former residence of the Bishop of London. The house has been in existence since the 11th century and the garden in question was used by the aforementioned Bishop Grindal to grow grapes for none other than Queen Elizabeth I as well as he being responsible for the introduction of the Tamarisk tree to the UK. Over the years many residences added new plant species including the American Azalea and Magnolia. One Bishop, Henry Compton even grew the first coffee tree in England. All of these botanical innovations make the Fulham Palace Garden not only a relaxing and scenic spot, but a place of major historical significance.