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Discover London’s gorgeous secret gardens.

by Rajul on April 28, 2010

Arundel & Elgin (Notting Hill) is one of 200 usually-closed private gardens you’ll have access to during the Open Garden Squares weekend in June

Walking through central London, you often pass garden squares with locked gates concealed by tantalising high hedgerows.

You’ll naturally wonder what lies on the other side.  Your curiosity can be satisfied during June as London’s secret gardens (normally closed to visitors) will open their doors to all and sundry – for one weekend only!

The festive atmosphere will include special events, tours and children’s activities in some of the gardens.  One ticket will give you entry to all the gardens across London throughout the weekend.

The “Open Garden Squares Weekend” is organised by the London Parks & Gardens Trust, with almost 200 gardens taking part each year.  You can read the history of London’s historic garden squares here.  Don’t miss the chance to take a peek inside some of London’s loveliest garden squares!

Lexham Gardens in Kensington is consistently rated as one of London’s best garden squares and also benefits from a children’s play area

In the meantime, if you want to enjoy a hotel with access to its own gorgeous gardens, we can suggest two very highly-rated options (both are currently in the top dozen London hotels on TripAdvisor):

1. Montague on the Gardens in Bloomsbury

As the name suggests, this 4 star boutique hotel has a lovely terrace where you can enjoy a drink overlooking a gorgeous, tranquil garden.  It’s hard to believe you’re just a stone’s throw from the British Museum!  It is part of a group of highly-regarded luxury boutique hotels in London.

Check rates at the Montague Hotel

The conservatory at the highly-rated Montague has a view over a scenic garden

2. The Draycott in Chelsea

A gorgeous sanctuary of a hotel with free WiFi and its own private garden, absolutely idyllic in the summertime!

Check rates at the Draycott Hotel

The Draycott has a beautiful garden for you to enjoy a perfect summer’s stay

Happy exploring!

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Photo credits: Draycott Hotel, Montague on the Gardens Hotel, London Parks & Gardens Trust.

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