With so many gardens to explore over Open Gardens Squares Weekend, you’ll want to plan your weekend in advance. Most importantly, now’s the time to browse our programme of exclusive guided walks and tours – these events must be booked in advance and places are limited, so don’t miss out!
We’re particularly excited to announce that the ballot to visit Coutts & Co’s roof top Skyline Garden is now open.
The Coutts & Co Skyline Garden
This exclusive tour of the rooftop kitchen garden at Coutts & Co is a rare chance to explore a unique space, 30m above street level, and home to over 9,000 organic plants including vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers.
The brainchild of executive chef Peter Fiori, the garden lies on each side of a narrow walkway around the roof of the building, lined with troughs and tubs in the bays between windows. There are excellent views over the Strand, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Nelson’s Column and Zimbabwe House.
Tour places are allocated via ballot – find out more and enter online now (the ballot closes on 17 May).
Barbican Station Pop-up Garden
Visit the first community garden on the Underground, created on a 100m-long disused platform. Find out more online then book from 8 May at 12 noon to 6 June at 12 noon, for a £3 charge on top of the standard ticket price.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Created to host the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the Park was transformed from a brownfield site. Nearly 2 million tonnes of soil were decontaminated to make way for the largest wildflower meadow ever planted in the UK. Find out more online them book from 8 May at 12 noon to 6 June at 12 noon, for a £3 charge on top of the standard ticket price.
Over 50 specialist walks are on offer, with tickets available on a first-come-first-served basis. Walk highlights this year are now listed online, and include the following options, among many others.
A walk around Regent’s Park
Hear about the development of the park over the last 500 years, including how Henry VIII, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and George IV all played a part in its story.
The Squares of Belgravia
These are some of the most desirable addresses in Westminster, and have been lived in by dukes, prime ministers, ambassadors, actors, poets and authors.
The Green Roofs of the City
Some of London’s most exciting green spaces are up in the sky! Visit three rooftop gardens and learn about planting for biodiversity high above the noise and traffic at street level.
Copse and Robbers – Adventure in Caledonia
A journey through London’s edge lands taken over by nature.
Horticulture and the Law
Explore the gardens of four Inns of Court.
Blooms, Bombsites and Burial Grounds
Explore secret gardens and hidden green corners originating from the Great Fire of 1666, the bomb sites of the Blitz, and the Burial Act of 1855.
Queenhithe – the Rise of a Medieval Port
A riverside walk to include the 30-metre long Mosaic celebrating the Dock.
Cable Street and the Local Community
A walk celebrating community gardens in the East End.