London is full of beautiful gardens, from magnificent Royal Parks to smaller green spaces tended to by volunteers.
Many of the best gardens in London are hosted in magnificent royal palaces with centuries of history. Stroll where the royals used to at these famous London gardens.
1. Buckingham Palace Gardens
Enjoy a walk along the south side of Buckingham Palace gardens as part of your ticket to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening. The palace houses a hidden oasis covering 16 hectares (39 acres), including the famous herbaceous border, wisteria-clad Summer House and the beautiful Rose Garden. Book now to secure your spot on the Buckingham Palace tour
2. Kew Gardens
Explore the 130 hectares (320 acres) at Kew Gardens, which houses more than 50,000 types of living plants and millions of preserved ones. This verdant garden in south-west London has a 250-year history and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Kensington Palace Gardens
Discover a variety of lovely landscapes at Kensington Palace Gardens, including the 19th-century Italian Gardens. Walk among ponds, beautiful flowers and impressive terraces along the way.
4. Syon House and Gardens
Landscaped by renowned garden innovator Capability Brown, the 16 hectares (40 acres) of stunning outside space at Syon House feature the spectacular Great Conservatory and a host of rare trees and plants.
5. Hampton Court Palace Gardens
Home to an annual flower show, Hampton Court Palace Gardens were devised by Henry VIII as a magnificent display of opulence and cover more than 24 hectares (60 acres).
London's palace gardens
Travel back in time at these fascinating gardens in former private estates and beautiful London palaces.
6. Charlton House Peace Garden
Among Charlton House's expansive grounds, the original walled garden is dedicated as a Peace Garden in support of Amnesty International's Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
7. Fulham Palace Gardens
Fulham Palace's spectacular gardens include an 18th-century walled garden and a variety of rare shrubs.
8. Eltham Palace and Gardens
The grounds of the art deco-inspired Eltham Palace and Gardens include eight hectares (19 acres) of original medieval gardens, which also feature some unusual art deco elements and one of London's oldest working bridges over the moat.
9. Chiswick House and Grounds
300-year-old Chiswick House and Grounds is a vision of Italian-inspired 18th century architecture and is well worth a visit!
Roof gardens in London
Soak up amazing views from these sky-high London roof gardens.
10. Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
11. Sky Garden
Discover a lush tropical garden at the highest point of 20 Fenchurch Street. The Sky Garden, spread across the top three storeys of “The Walkie-Talkie” skyscraper, boasts breathtaking views of the London skyline, plus two restaurants and two bars.
12. The Culpeper
Hidden on the top floor of The Culpeper pub, you’ll find a secret rooftop garden, complete with a greenhouse and a cocktail bar that can be enjoyed year-round. Many of the herbs and plants growing here are used in the pub’s kitchen.
Secret gardens in London
London is also home to many hidden gardens, offering a brief respite from the buzz of London life.
13. Kyoto Garden in Holland Park
Created as a strolling garden in 1991, the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is a picturesque Japanese garden, featuring plants which have been carefully selected and maintained with special pruning techniques to reflect its East Asian style.
14. The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden
The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks commemorates troops who died in the First World War. Soil used in the garden was taken from battlefields and war cemeteries in Flanders, Belgium.
15. Chelsea Physic Garden
Founded in 1673 for the cultivation of medicinal plants, the peaceful Chelsea Physic Garden contains a Garden of World Medicine and an area dedicated to edible plants. Visit the largest outdoor olive tree in Britain, as well as many rare plant species.
16. Garden Museum
Complete your exploration of London gardens by visiting the Garden Museum, which is devoted to British gardening history, showcases innovations in modern-day gardening and has an extraordinary garden of its own.