Out & About
As you know, there are many sites/attractions for you to enjoy. Here we have put together a selection of places of horticultural interest that you might find useful when planning your stay in London. On arrival you will find various brochures with useful information for your stay. Winkle is always on hand to help you have an enjoyable stay and provide you with her knowledge of London and gardens you can visit both privately and publicly.
Winkle can organise private garden tours of a selection of small gardens in London. She can also advise on some of the other larger gardens and parks that you might enjoy visiting.
Museum of Garden History
Lambeth Palace Road, SE1
This delightful garden was created when the church was turned into a museum in honour of the two John Tradescants (gardeners to Charles 1 and 11) who are buried in the churchyard.
Chelsea Physic Garden
This garden is situated in the heart of London in Chelsea. This ‘Secret Garden’ is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, it continues to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 plant species.
Open April – November
The Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Flower Show is held annually, usually in May and is the world’s most famous flower show.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Annual event, usually in July.
Wisley can be easily reached from Clapham Junction station.
Petersham is not only a nursery but is also home to a fantastic teahouse and restaurant – Well worth a visit!!
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Columbia Road Flower Market
This historic street in the East End of London is home to Columbia Flower Market, the capital’s most colourful market where flowers and other horticultural delights are sold on a Sunday morning only. This is well worth a visit.
Kensington Gardens including the Serpentine Gallery
St James’s Park
Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason Sloane Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly
Winkle is happy to recommend restaurants in London, but please be advised for any top London restaurant, bookings need to be made well in advance.
The Wolseley, Cecconis, Scott’s, The Ivy, Nobu, The Greenhouse, Momos are a few of the top fashionable restaurants in central London.
For views over London, Vertigo Bar, Oxo Tower and Coq d’Argent are highly recommended.