There is something special about the quiet places in London. The feeling of being in a little bubble of calm, while the City rushes past. One of my favourite things is to sit with a coffee, perhaps a book also, and relish in the peace. You may think it is impossible to find some tranquility in London, but rest assured you can.
The height of Summer may be a little trickier, but there are still pockets of calm. I wanted to share with you three of my favourite public gardens, via a little photo tour. Enjoy!
Finding Quiet places in London
St Dunstan in the East
- Address – St Dunstan’s Hill , City of London , EC3R 5DD
- Always open and free to go in.
- Nearest station Fenchurch Street or Tower Hill
Oh how I love this place. The colours alone just make me feel calm. The soft creams of the architecture. Shades of green and brown from the nature claiming the land back. Soft, pastel pink intwined in the greens in the warmer months. Burnished copper and the deepest reds in the winter months. It is just beautiful.
St Dunstan in The East is situated right near Tower Hill tube station. Just a short walk from the station will bring you to this little hidden gem of London. It is not a huge place, you can walk around it in just a few minutes. But, it really is a perfect spot to step off of London’s busy streets for a while. Take a book, a flask of tea and just sit in the almost serene calm of the little garden.
The original church was built way back in 1100. Named in honour of a 10th century Monk with a, let’s say, colourful past…… Additions were then added to the church in the late 1300’s. Unfortunately, the Great Fire of London almost destroyed the church. Although it was patched up, the church did eventually need to be rebuilt in the 1800’s.
Sadly, the church then took another bashing in the Blitz. All but the north and south walls, and the tower were destroyed. It was decided that the church would not be rebuilt. Instead, it was turned into the beautiful public garden that it is today. One of my absolute favourite little nooks in London.
Hill Garden and Pergola Hampstead Heath
- The opening times for the pergola do change in accordance with the seasons. Check here for current times.
- Nearest Stations – Hampstead or Golders Green
- Address – lchester Pl, London W8 6LU
Hampstead Heath is huge! The sheer size means that you can often find a little solitude with a shady tree to sit under, or a quiet corner. Parliament Hill is a must, just to look at the view of the City from there. The heath does get busy, of course, but you can still find some some calm.
Hampstead itself is a lovely area of London to explore. Independent shops and cute cafes are in abundance. You could pair a little wander around the high street with your visit to Hill Garden and Pergola in Hampstead Heath. Find time to take a breath here in this quiet place in London.
Hill Garden Pergola really is a place for all seasons. It has a certain beauty whatever the weather. In summer it is vibrant with a palette of bright colours. In Autumn, a different feel with moody skies and muted oranges.
The Pergola was built by basically, someone who had way too much money! Lord Leverhulme, a man of great wealth (from selling soap…), decided he needed to up his garden game. He felt his mansion was missing a little something. I mean, how on earth was a man supposed to host garden parties and alfresco drinks without a fancy terrace right??? So, he commissioned the design and building of the extravagant terrace. Interestingly, the soil used to build the terraces was soil excavated from the expansion of the Northern line underground!
The Pergola, overlooking the West of the Heath, has a rundown appearance to it. But this only adds to it’s charm! The manor house itself was demolished, so only the gardens remain. Sitting on one of the benches in the gardens, is like being in a beautiful bubble of calm. Faded grandeur and striking detail make the Pergola one of London’s prettiest places in my opinion.
Kyoto Gardens – Holland Park
- Address – Holland Park, lchester Pl, London W8 6LU (right in the centre of the park)
- Nearest Station – Holland Park
- Opens at 730 am and closes 30 minutes before dusk
Ok so this one I would advise perhaps avoiding in the height of Summer. I have always been in the colder months, and always had the place pretty much to myself. I actually feel that the Gardens come into their own more in the colder months. The striking Autumnal colours just seem to be more vivid and magical against a greyer skyline.
Iv mentioned Kyoto Gardens before, (in my Walking tour of Kensington post), and it is still in my top three. As soon as you walk into Kyoto gardens you are enveloped by the zen. Little waterfalls, Japanese foliage and calm ponds create a sense of escape.
Kyoto Gardens is situated in West London’s Holland Park. It’s unique, Japanese style is the perfect place for a little reflection and calm. The gardens were opened in 1991. A gift from the city of Kyoto, the gardens were to celebrate the long friendship between Japan and Britain.
The gardens, although not huge, are plentiful in inspiration. Tiered waterfalls, ponds of koi carp, stone lanterns and Japanese maple tress all add to the serenity. There are seating areas, and honesty, it truly is a great place to find some calm in London.
Do you know some quiet places in London?
I hope you have enjoyed my little introduction to some of my favourite London gardens. I think finding places to escape the bustle of a City is like a treasure hunt. They can be tricky to discover, but when you do the reward is great. I absolutely love being in London, but I love being able to take a breath when there too. I would love to hear of any quiet places in London that you know. Exploring an area of London is one of my favourite things to do, so no area in the City is off my travel list! Let me know if you have any recommendations for me. Oh, and if you would like to discover more of my London loves, this section here has lots of inspiration for life in London.