London Goes Green: Open Garden Squares Weekend

While some Londoners feel lucky to have a tiny postage stamp-sized back garden, others are blessed with truly gorgeous plots of greenery. The Open Garden Squares Weekend takes place tomorrow and Sunday and gives visitors a glimpse into some of the capital’s finest green spaces. With 200 gardens spread across 27 boroughs, there is much to explore.

As a hotel near St. James’s Park and Green Park, we’re lucky enough to have plenty of nearby parkland accessible all year round, but the spaces on show at Open Garden Squares are usually private and are only accessible to the public during the event. In case you are trying to choose which gardens to visit, we’ve compiled a list of the best ones closest to Strand Palace Hotel.

10 Downing Street

Here’s the chance to take a turn around the Prime Minister’s very own garden. This pretty garden features lots of flowers, a space for growing vegetables and a pond. It is a domestic space for some of Britain’s most powerful people and is even frequented by Larry, the resident cat. The garden is only available to view on a tour and a ballot has taken place to distribute the tickets. If you are one of the lucky ticketholders, you can walk there in under 15 minutes or you can take the 11 or 87 buses from Savoy Street to Horse Guards Parade and walk from there.

Garden Barge Square

For something a bit different, head to Garden Barge Square. You might associate the Thames more with fauna rather than flora, but this garden at Downings Road Moorings challenges that perception. Built on decks, these gardens are suspended above the river below. Walk through them and admire the fantastic view of nearby Tower Bridge. Strand Palace Hotel is about 30 minutes away if you take the Northern line from Charing Cross and change to the Jubilee line at Waterloo. Get off at Bermondsey and make the 10 minute walk from there. Garden Barge Square will be open Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 7pm. Food and refreshments will be available and remember not to wear high heels. Other information for visitors can be viewed here.

Eaton Square

Situated in one of the most lusted-after locales in London, this beauty in Belgravia should not be missed. Saunter through the garden walkways appreciating the prim and proper landscaping as you go. See sculptures by renowned artist David Harber and watch a Punch and Judy show by esteemed entertainer John Styles. It’s easy to reach Eaton Square from Strand Palace Hotel. You can get there in 20 minutes; simply hop on the Circle or District line at Embankment Tube station and get off at Sloane Square. It should only take you five minutes to walk from there. Eaton Square is open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.


Tickets can be bought online for £10 prior to the weekend or for £12 during the event. This entitles you to see the gardens on both days. Tickets can also be purchased from the City Information Centre or from select gardens.

After a busy day exploring these gardens, return to rest and relax in the comfort of Strand Palace Hotel.

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