10 of London’s loveliest private gardens
Enjoy nature in the heart of the city
Spring has well and truly sprung. The blossoms are blooming, the birds are singing and it certainly feels like summer is on its way. And what better spot to enjoy the longer days and mild spring weather than from the comfort of a beautiful secret garden? Your own little oasis of calm in the heart of the city.
Whether you’re in town for a few days or a few months, these secret garden spots ensure you have a safe and secluded space to spend quality time with family and friends this summer in London. From sun-kissed rooftop terraces to luscious green lawns complete with pergolas and BBQs, here are ten little patches of paradise in the heart of Britain’s bustling capital.
St John’s Wood
Just when you thought the magnificent Marlborough Place couldn’t get any better, you step outside into its glorious back garden. Overlooked by a sun-kissed balcony, you’ll find an al fresco dining area, barbeque, fireplace and even a football net nestled out here on the emerald lawn and white stone patio.
Holland Park Avenue VII
Cocooned by a cosy red brick wall, the garden at Holland Park Avenue VII feels like a serene sanctum, far away from the bustle of London’s streets. What’s more, the magical (and slightly larger) grounds of Holland Park itself are only a hop, skip and a jump away from this heavenly home.
Taking the term ‘hygge’ to new heights, this gorgeous Scandi-inspired spot in Notting Hill is a stylish sanctuary. We especially love the luscious back garden, complete with a sun-kissed wooden deck and vibrant beach chairs - the perfect spot for Aperol Spritzes in the sunshine.
Mount Ararat Road
Nestled between Kew Gardens and Richmond Park, Mount Ararat Road is a nature lover’s dream. With a soft lawn perfect for sun-kissed picnics and a beautiful stone patio just made for afternoon cocktails, this is an idyllic spot for fun-filled summer days.
Grand, majestic and entirely unexpected: the garden at Alwyne Place might just be the pick of the bunch. Nestled down an idyllic Islington street, the home’s unassuming exterior belies the magnificent maze-like grounds you’ll find tucked away around the back.
St John's Wood
Boasting lots of lawn space, comfy garden furniture and even its very own trampoline, the garden at the lovely Clifton Hill is a paradise for families. Let the little ones bounce away their energy, while you sip glasses of wine on the flag-stone patio without having to keep checking where the kids have gone.
St Margaret's Road
While away many a happy summer's day at this lovely West London home. Here, the quirky ‘shabby chic’ back garden comes complete with a fire pit, woodshed and a plethora of cascading plants. What’s more, sliding glass doors seamlessly connect the dining room with the outdoor space - the perfect spot for lazy, laughter-filled al fresco dinners.
Boasting incredible design throughout, the elegant Elvaston Mews is a design lover’s dream. On the second floor, you’ll find a snug little sun-kissed rooftop terrace, complete with cushy sofas and splendid views out over the South Kensington surrounds - a splendid spot for sundowners.
Complete with plush garden furniture, fully retractable glass doors and the sweetest little Wendy house, the garden at Rosebury Road is a wonderful spot for anyone travelling with kids. Fire up the giant gas barbeque and enjoy a fun-filled family afternoon all together.