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One Day, Three Gardens

One Day, Three Gardens

One day, three very different gardens.

The day started in Holland Park with its fabulous cherry blossom trees. Hidden away in the park is the picturesque Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991.
Spring is a great time to visit when everything is in full bloom.

Kyoto Garden Kyoto Garden Kyoto Garden

Then onto the Sky Garden (20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the ‘Walkie Talkie’) to queue for the ‘walk up’ tickets. It’s free to go inside. You can book in advance via their website or queue up on weekdays between 10am – 11.30am, 2pm and 4.30pm. Remember to take ID with you.
A lift takes you to the 35th floor with fantastic views over the city, capturing many of London’s famous landmarks including Tower Bridge, The Shard, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. Inside are several eateries and a garden with a series of terraces, each planted in a different theme.

Sky garden1 Sky garden2 Sky garden3

A fitting end to the day was a leisurely wander around Covent Garden, gleaming in the sunshine with its latest installation – mirrored walls! Originally a fruit and vegetable market, it is now a must see attraction in London for its market stalls, shops and street entertainers. A great place to people watch whilst having a glass of wine or coffee.

Covent Garden4 Covent Garden2 Covent Garden1

How to get there
Holland Park: High Street Kensington or Notting Hill Gate Tube Stations
Sky Garden: Monument Tube Station
Covent Garden: Covent Garden Tube Station