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Five of the best gardens to visit in London

London, the UK city known as the big smoke, but what you might not know is that there are many secret gardens where you can relax and explore all things breath-taking. Why not take advantage of London’s secret gardens when you have the chance? Here are five of the best gardens in London to explore during the warm weather.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Let’s start with a popular choice of best gardens in London… Chelsea Physic Garden; an enchanted experience. This garden is in a high-class area in London, Chelsea, and is known to be the oldest botanic garden in London and is just a short walk from the River Thames. This garden in London is home to more than 5000 different medicinal, herbal and edible shrubberies. Although the garden’s not free to enter, it offers a calm and scenic stroll away from the bustle of London, right in the heart of the city.

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Culpeper Community Garden

Culpeper Community Garden sits in Islington. The garden was designed specifically for people who don’t have the luxury of having their own garden, but it’s also a place to come and enjoy the surrounding nature and take a break from the city life. Although small, the estate features a variety of ponds and wildlife. Just like many community gardens, it runs based on donations and wouldn’t survive without them. It’s one of the few green spaces in Islington and a place where anyone can come and enjoy the garden and relax. Why not come and see one of the best gardens in London for yourselves?

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World Peace Garden

The World Peace Garden is in a quiet spot in Camden. Its mission is to provide peace and harmony within the busy life of a Londoner and to allow people to reflect while being surrounded by natural beauty. It’s a charitable project that runs solely on donations, so make sure you don’t overlook this pretty garden in London.

The main aim of the World Peace Garden is for it to be one of many with any profits going to its upkeep and to start similar projects in other cities around the world.

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St. Mary’s Secret Garden

St Mary’s might be a secret garden, but it defiantly is one of the best gardens in London. It provides a relaxing retreat for people who can’t afford to have their own garden, but it also gives you a chance to work on your gardening skills with various courses. The area includes a woodland with a pond, a herb and sensory area, a wildflower selection and the beautiful ‘Wish You Well Garden.’  The garden’s aim focuses on those in need to develop valuable skills and contribute to a greener community.

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Phoenix Garden

Here’s another one of our favourites, Phoenix Garden; a community garden located in the heart of the city. Once you step in, you forget you’re in London. This enchanted garden might be dainty, but it’s a perfect getaway on a summer’s day. The garden is well-kept, and holds a firm policy of no bicycles, dogs or alcohol. Phoenix Garden is run by volunteers and funded by donations, so let’s make sure we help keep this idyllic orchard alive.

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite hostel is YHA Perranporth.

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