Best 16 London gardens

Visit London's best gardens, from Chelsea Physic Garden and Kew Gardens to the blooms around Buckingham Palace.
Medieval and art deco building of Eltham Palace in Greenwich.
Walk in the grounds at Eltham Palace and Gardens. Image courtesy of Visit Greenwich.

Head outside and visit London's beautiful gardens, from magnificent Royal Parks to smaller green spaces maintained by volunteers.

See thousands of plants and flowers at Kew Gardens or enjoy quiet walks in London's most peaceful places

Royal gardens

Magnificent royal palaces with centuries of history host many of the best gardens in London. Walk in the footsteps of royalty on a stroll through these famous London gardens.

1. Buckingham Palace gardens

Buckingham Palace in the background with the lake and yellow flowers pictured, as part of the Buckingham Palace Garden tour.
Buckingham Palace's garden is open to visitors in summer. ©John Campbell/Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Enjoy a walk in the garden along the south side of Buckingham Palace as part of your ticket to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening. The palace houses a hidden oasis covering 16 hectares (40 acres), including the famous herbaceous border, wisteria-clad Summer House and the beautiful Rose Garden.

Book now to secure your spot on the Buckingham Palace tour.

2. Kew Gardens

Explore the 130 hectares (321 acres) at Kew Gardens, which houses more than 50,000 types of living plants and millions of preserved ones. This verdant garden in south-west London has a 250-year history and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Kensington Palace Gardens

Queen Victoria statue in Kensington Gardens in London with Kensington Palace in the background on a sunny day.
Explore Kensington Palace and its beautiful gardens. Image courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces/Robin Forster.

Discover a variety of lovely landscapes at Kensington Palace Gardens, including the 19th-century Italian Gardens. Walk among ponds, beautiful flowers and impressive terraces along the way.

4. 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.

5. Hampton Court Palace Gardens

A row of trees and a neatly kept lawn in the foreground leads towards the red brick facade of Hampton Court Palace in London in the background.
Hampton Court Palace and gardens. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Created by Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace Gardens bloom in a magnificent display of opulence and cover more than 24 hectares (59 acres). Hampton Court Palace even puts on an annual Garden Festival.

London's palace gardens

Travel back in time at these fascinating gardens in former private estates and beautiful London palaces.

6. 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.

7. Fulham Palace Gardens

An adult and child walk through the knot gardens at Fulham Palace House & Garden in London.
Fulham Palace Knot Gardens. © Marcus-Dawes/Fulham Palace House and Garden.

The spectacular green space at Fulham Palace includes an 18th-century walled garden with wisteria, fruit trees and rare shrubs. Go for a woodland walk and step along the path lined with cow parsley and bluebells.

8. Eltham Palace and Gardens

The grounds of Eltham Palace and Gardens feature eight hectares (19 acres) of original medieval gardens, as well as some unusual art deco elements and one of London's oldest working bridges over the moat. Water trickles down stones and cascades into the beautiful Rock Garden.

9. Chiswick House and Grounds

A statue stands beside the grand Chiswick House in London.
Chiswick House and Gardens. Image courtesy of Luke Bachelor PR.

The 300-year-old Chiswick House and Grounds is a vision of Italian-inspired 18th-century architecture. As the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement, Chiswick House has had a lasting influence on a number of famous outdoor spaces, including Central Park in New York City and Blenheim Palace.

Roof gardens in London

Soak up amazing views of the capital from these sky-high London roof gardens.

10. Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

Climb the quirky yellow staircase at Queen Elizabeth Hall to find a hidden summertime roof garden, featuring more than 200 wild plants, a lawn and a cafe for stopping to enjoy spectacular views of the river Thames.

11. Sky Garden

The garden and terrace area inside the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street. Image courtesy of Sky Garden.
Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street. Image courtesy of Sky Garden.

Discover a lush tropical garden at the highest point of 20 Fenchurch Street. The Sky Garden, spread across the top three storeys of the "Walkie-Talkie" skyscraper, boasts breathtaking views of the London skyline, plus two restaurants and two bars.

12. The Culpeper

Discover a tucked-away rooftop garden on the top floor of The Culpeper pub in east London. This secret space comes complete with a greenhouse and a cocktail bar that can be enjoyed year-round. The pub's kitchen uses many of the herbs and plants that grow here.

Secret gardens in London

London is home to many hidden gardens which offer a quiet spot away from the buzz of urban life in the capital.

13. Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

A garden feature of plants and water at the beautiful Kyoto Garden in Holland Park in London.
Peaceful Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Walk the tranquil paths of Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. This picturesque Japanese garden features carefully selected plants which are maintained using special pruning techniques to reflect the garden's East Asian style.

14. Flanders Fields Memorial Garden

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.

15. Chelsea Physic Garden

Founded in 1673 for the cultivation of medicinal plants, the peaceful Chelsea Physic Garden still grows botanical species used in medicine, as well as edible plants and woodland flora from around the world. Visit to see the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain and many rare species.

16. Garden Museum

Complete your exploration of London gardens by visiting the Garden Museum, devoted to British gardening history. The fascinating museum showcases innovations in modern-day gardening and has an extraordinary garden of its own.

Explore even more London gardens and beautiful places around the capital, from places straight out of a fairytale to the allure of old London.

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