5 of London’s best urban gardens

Published 5th September 2016 by Michelle

Visiting one of London’s urban gardens is a great way to spend a sunny (or not so sunny) afternoon. Get inspiration for your own urban garden, or just enjoy being out and about among the flowers, bees and butterflies whilst still being in the heart of London. Here are 5 amazing urban gardens to visit in London.

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Created on an old railway line, the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is a beautiful, chilled space to get away from the London hustle and bustle. The whole place has a laid back, relaxing vibe which melts away city stresses. There is a bar and cafe so it’s a great place for lunch or a couple of drinks, and the garden also regularly hosts live music. You can also get your hands dirty by joining volunteer gardening sessions to help take care of the garden – check out the garden’s website for more details: http://dalstongarden.org/ .

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden


The Conservatory at the Barbican

Hidden within the Barbican in the heart of the City of London, this conservatory is like something out of Jurassic Park! It’s incredible, and well worth a visit. And if you fancy feasting on cakes and scones amongst the prehistoric foliage, the Barbican is now serving afternoon tea on Sundays. Booking in advance is required, and it’s best to check the Barbican website to make sure the conservatory is open before you make a visit – sometimes it’s closed for private events.

Conservatory at the Barbican

Conservatory at the Barbican

Lake at the Barbican

Containers outside the Conservatory, Barbican

The Southbank Centre Roof Garden

Another great place to get away from the hustle and bustle; this roof garden at the Southbank Centre is a peaceful, tranquil space just moments away from the busy South Bank of the Thames. Open daily in Spring and Summer, it’s maintained by volunteers who have experienced homelessness, mental health and addiction problems. The garden features a wildflower meadow, fruit trees, allotment boxes and a woodland garden. It also has a bar, making it a great place for a drink on a warm day.

Southbank Centre Roof Garden

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

I couldn’t miss Kew from a list of great London gardens. Kew is a brilliant place for a day out visiting the wonderful greenhouses (which I’ve blogged about previously), expansive grounds, treetop walkway and beautiful buildings. Kew changes from season to season with inspiration for your urban garden to be found any time of year.

Kew Garden's greenhouse

Verbena Bonariensis

Lily Pond at Kew Gardens

Lily Pond at Kew Gardens

Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street (aka ‘the Walkie-Talkie’)

The Sky Garden at the Sky Pod Bar is an exotic indoor garden with incredible views. You need to book well in advance for lunch and dinner but they have good availability at breakfast time, and serve delicious pastries and coffee. A fantastic place to start the day – getting your plant and coffee fix while surveying all of London.

Sky Garden at the Sky Pod Bar

I hope you enjoy visiting these fantastic urban gardens in London. In future I’ll be doing more posts like this, showing you more beautiful urban gardens to enjoy in London, as well as in other cities. Let me know if you visit anywhere you think I should blog about (michelle@urbanbotanics.co.uk).

Until next time,

Michelle x