On Bank Holiday Monday (3 May), 10 of London’s most beautifully designed gardens will be opened to the public for one day only. The gardens will be open from 12pm until 5pm and are free to visit.
Included in this year’s Trail are gardens designed by John Brookes and Andy Sturgeon and the trail focuses on growing and planting everything from plants and flowers to fruit and vegetables.
Ranging in size from small courtyards through to large family gardens and spread across London from Bow in the east through to Ealing in the west, visitors will be guaranteed a gardener’s treat to inspire the senses.
If you would like to visit any of the amazing gardens, please register. Registration is not compulsory, but everyone who registers will be entered in to a prize draw to win a library of DK gardening books.
Download your complete guide to The Great London Garden Trail, complete with full addresses and maps for all the gardens here (or pick up a copy on the day from any of the gardens)
A sculptural roof-top garden at Great Ormond Street Hospital designed by Andy Sturgeon.
Transport: 5 minute walk from Great Russell Square tube
B – Ellesmere Road, Bow
29 Ellesmere Road, Bow, E3 5QH
An intimate jungle-like courtyard hidden behind a terraced house in Bow.
Transport: 5 minute walk to Mile End tube
C – Blackheath Park, Blackheath
16 Blackheath Park, Blackheath, SE3 9RP
A large, spacious family garden complete with an avenue of young trees, traditional greenhouse, vegetable patch and gravel garden.
Transport: 5 minute walk from Blackheath rail
D – Rollscourt Avenue, Herne Hill
20 Rollscourt Avenue, Herne Hill, SE24 0EA
A pretty, woodland garden adjoining a London town house. The meandering path gives way to hidden treats, sculpture and inspiration.
Transport: 10 minute walk from Herne Hill rail
E – Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill
30 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, SE24 9HU
An oasis of calm in an urban environment. The use of water provides a tranquil atmosphere accompanied by an expanse of planting and foliage.
Transport: 5 minute walk from Herne Hill rail
F – Clapham
51 The Chase, Clapham, SW4 0NP
A bright, colourful plantsman’s garden filled to the brim with tulips, roses and clematis.
Transport: 10 minute walk from Clapham Common tube
G – Orchard Hill, Wimbledon
Orchard House, 4 Grosvenor Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4RY
A secret courtyard garden with Mediterranean influences designed by John Brookes.
Transport: 10 minute walk from Wimbledon tube and rail
H – Lauriston Road, Wimbledon
11 Lauriston Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4TJ
A family garden that on closer inspection reveals compartments of informal planting divided by low cut hedges. The reflective pool acts as a design feature providing light, while the elliptical lawn creates a sense of space.
Transport:15 minute walk from Wimbledon tube and rail
I – Loftus Road, Hammersmith
49a Loftus Road, Hammersmith, W12 7EH
A small, walled garden featuring swathes of planting including fruit, vegetables and fragrant herbs.
Transport: 5 minutes walk to Shepherd’s Bush Market tube
J – Blakesley Avenue, Ealing
19 Blakesley Avenue, Ealing, W5 2DN
A delightful garden that hides a surprising treat for children young and old. The scented shrubs and cottage planting style offer gardeners a floral haven while the model railway that runs round the edge will bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Transport: 5 minutes walk from Ealing Broadway tube