London is in bloom. One of the best things about summer in this city is that the parks and gardens come alive with color. I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors over the last few weeks soaking up the start of the season and exploring the city’s green spaces. To share them with you, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the 7 best summer gardens in London.
Best Summer Gardens in London
From foxgloves to roses, London’s gardens are looking lush. Whether you’re a fan of carefully trimmed hedges or scattered wild flowers there’s a garden to suit your personality. New blooms are popping up all the time, too, so make sure to stop by throughout the season to get the most out of what they have to offer.
One of the most popular parks in London is Hyde Park. Big and beautiful, this rectangle of lusciousness is home to some of the city’s most attractive flower beds.
My favorite garden in Hyde Park is the one right by Hyde Park Corner. The carefully manicured flower beds are brimming with delicate pinks and whites, and the pergolas are heavy with summer vines. The benches dotted throughout the garden are the perfect places to escape the busy center of city life, too.
Kensington Palace Gardens
Right next to Hyde Park, Kensington Palace Gardens are another example of meticulous horticultural attention to detail. Wide green arches border a sunken garden, occasionally opening to give visitors a glimpse of the geometric flower beds within. Next door, tall hedges leading to the Orangery lend the space an Alice-in-Wonderland whimsicality.
Just west of Kensington Palace Gardens, Holland Park is worthy of being on any list of the best summer gardens in London. After its famous spring tulips fade, roses and irises take over.
The rose garden in Holland Park is bursting with the pinks and yellows of the season right now, and is just the place to stop and take in their redolent sweetness.
Over in east London, Victoria Park is lovely in summer. Flowers bloom along the lakes, and there are bright colors everywhere in the Rose Garden and Floral Sunken Garden.
Up north, Regent’s Park has no shortage of summer grace. My favorite place to go when I’m there is Queen Mary’s Garden, home to London’s largest collection of roses.
12,000 of the buds lie in concentric circles bordered by rose-draped pergolas in a wonderful display of color and scent. It’s worth visiting soon, as the peak season is fleeting.
South of the river, Battersea Park is another green space worth noting. Its formal gardens are worth a wander, but I also enjoy walking through the borders of the park to enjoy the wilder side and poking around corners to discover the less obvious floral displays.
St James’s Park
One of the most celebrated parks in London, St James’s Park is overflowing with gardens. From big patches of wild flowers to careful swathes of planted blooms, the park caters to a range of tastes and stylistic preferences.
It’s also a good place to get views of the London Eye and Big Ben, or soak up nature after a visit to Buckingham Palace.
How about you? What do you think are the best summer gardens in London?