The annual London Open Garden Squares weekend is nearly upon us! With this is mind I asked the team for their recommendations on gardens to visit in the Notting Hill and Kensington area.
A little information for those of you who haven’t been to the Open Garden Squares weekend before; it is run by the London Parks & Gardens Trust. It gives people the chance to visit some spectacular London garden squares which are either not normally accessible to the general public or may be hidden gems not widely known about.
With around 200 gardens to visit across London you really are spoilt for choice. Your ticket will give you access to most gardens, however not all of the gardens are open for the whole weekend and some have to be pre-booked by balloted ticket only. Make sure you get in there quick if there is somewhere special that you would like to visit!
London Open Garden Squares Weekend – local recommendations
Read on to discover which local gardens taking part in the weekend are our favourites:
Liz Thomson, Director – Ladbroke Square Garden, W11
“Ladbroke Square Garden is one of the largest private gardens in London – nearly 7 acres in the centre of Notting Hill, which means it’s big enough to jog around! It has a nature garden for kids and an incredibly popular tennis club. The mature trees are things of beauty, providing an incredible canopy during spring and summer months and insulation from the neighbouring busy streets of Ladbroke Grove and Kensington Park Road whilst the vast lawns are just perfect for picnicking.”
Open on Sunday 19 June from 2pm – 6pm with tea being provided by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Ben Podesta, Sales Director – Leinster Square Gardens, W2
“Leinster Square was for a long time an overlooked and forgotten Westminster garden square that had fallen on hard times.For years it was surrounded by budget hotels, backpacker hostels and cheap Bayswater flats. In recent years the hotels and hostels in this square and others nearby such as Kensington Gardens Square have been snapped up by property developers keen to cash in on the Queensway and Whiteleys redevelopment uplift. Luxury property developers Alchemie Group who have transformed one side of Leinster Square in a grand scheme have at the same time put much needed investment into the garden square which has been returned to its former Victorian glory and looks beautiful.”
Open Sunday 19 June from 2pm – 5pm.
Tim Kane, Associate Director – Cleveland Square, W2
“Nestled between Notting Hill and Paddington is the oasis of Cleveland Square.It’s around 1.5 acres with established Plane trees, beautiful planted borders and large manicured lawns. Along with its garden, its central location and listed Stucco fronted buildings have always made it a desirable place to live. It is also renowned for its Bonfire night show that is open to the public.”
Open Saturday 18 from 12pm – 6pm
Shauna Walsh, Associate Director – St Quintin Community Kitchen Garden
“In 2009 an old disused tennis court was transformed into the St Quintin Community Kitchen Garden where 100 residents grow fruit, vegetables and flowers on 48 raised beds. The garden featured in The Great British Garden Revival series and was runner-up in the allotment section of London Bloom a year later. There is an amazing community spirit between all the plot holders, several of whom have won individual awards.”
Open Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 from 10am to 5pm with plants, tea, coffee and homemade cakes for sale.
Chloe Leefe, Sales Director – Edwardes Square, W8
“The best garden square in Kensington in my opinion is Edwardes Square. It is 3 acres of tranquil heaven, which offers a children’s, play area, a grass tennis court and a croquet lawn.
With all these wonderful features who needs a house in the country?
Aside from this the garden is beautifully maintained with a rose pergola, lots of shrubberies and winding paths making it feel like a real secret garden. What helps make this oasis so special is that the head gardener lives on site in a beautiful little lodge on the south side of the square known as ‘The Temple’.”
Open Sunday 19 from 10am – 5pm with cakes, sandwiches and Pimms on sale.
Whichever gardens you choose to visit we’re sure it will be a fabulous weekend, if you use social media feel free to share your pictures from the day with us, we would love to see them!
To find out more about this year’s Open Garden Squares weekend and too book tickets visit the website here