London is full of beautiful gardens, from magnificent Royal Parks to smaller green spaces tended to by volunteers. Take a day trip to London to see the thousands of plants and flowers at Kew Gardens or enjoy quiet walks in some of London's most peaceful places.
Don't forget to also look out for on-site shops where you can often buy seeds and gardening equipment to recreate a London garden at home.
Large London gardens: day trip destinations
Many of London's most famous gardens are on a grand scale and are former private estates designed to dazzle. Here are some of London's best large gardens:
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Kensington Palace Gardens
Discover a variety of lovely landscapes at Kensington Palace Gardens, including the 19th-century Italian Gardens.
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).
Buckingham Palace Gardens
Take the separate Garden Tour in summer when Buckingham Palace is open to the public to explore the 15 hectares (39 acres) of Buckingham Palace Gardens. During your visit, make sure to stop by the famous herbaceous border, wisteria-clad Summer House and the beautiful Rose Garden.
The grounds of the Art Deco inspired Eltham Palace include seven 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.
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.
Smaller London gardens: perfect for a stroll
London is also home to many smaller gardens, offering a brief respite from the buzz of London life. Some of the most picturesque include:
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.
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.
Fulham Palace Gardens
Fulham Palace's spectacular gardens include an 18th-century walled garden and a variety of rare shrubs. Look out for The Bishop's Tree – a carved cedarwood sculpture.
The Kyoto Japanese Garden
Created as a strolling garden in 1991, The Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park features plants which have been carefully selected and maintained with special pruning techniques to reflect its oriental style.
Chiswick House Gardens
These London gardens were designed in the 18th century by William Kent, whose idealised vision of the Italian countryside transformed British landscape gardening. Chiswick House Gardens were lovingly restored in 2010, and are well worth a visit.
The Garden Museum
Complete your exploration of London gardens by visiting The Garden Museum, which is devoted to British gardening history and has an extraordinary garden of its own.
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.