London Open Gardens ticket prices and guide to 118 secret gardens only open to public this weekend

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Londoners are being tempted to try out 118 of the capital's normally closed parks and gardens for a special summer stroll this weekend. As London Open Gardens marks its silver jubilee, ticketholders can enter secret squares and gardens - raising much-needed funds to help protect these ‘green lungs’ of London.

Over the past 25 years, the public has revelled in this much-loved family event, with permits set at £22 for those over 25, half-price for under 25s and free for children under 12. It sees locked London Squares open their gates, alongside exquisite roof gardens enjoyed by city bankers.

Other remarkable green spaces include historic institutions, community allotments and even the Prime Minister’s own garden at Downing Street is accessible via a ballot. Nathan Oley, Chair of London Open Gardens, said: "What better way to celebrate our gorgeous green city, than to explore the parts other events cannot reach?

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The garden at Inner Court Temple is one of the secret green spaces opening this weekend
The garden at Inner Court Temple is one of the secret green spaces opening this weekend -Credit:Paul Debois

"London Open Gardens' silver jubilee is a unique celebration of London’s green lungs and LPG’s commitment to protect them for everyone." Nine new gardens have been added to LOG's catalogue this year. The Charterhouse Courtyard Gardens on the city's outskirts features seven acres of manicured gardens, including Charterhouse Square and six courtyard gardens within the Tudor walls.

Barkston Gardens in Earls Court - the home of famous Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry, is also the list. Other unlocked gardens are Hyde Park Square and neighbouring Gloucester Square, which boasts an impressive new playground covering 1.6 acres which will be accessible throughout the weekend.

Many gardens offer refreshments, plant sales, tours as well as a quiet place to relax. LOG's online Garden selector allows visitors to match their interests or location with a personal itinerary. New community gardens opening in 2024 include the Spurgeon Estate Garden in Lambeth, Quill Street Allotments in Gillespie Park and Highbury Quadrant, a hidden but child-friendly woodland area right in the city.

LOG also plans to pay tribute to gardens which have been open throughout its 25-year stint, such as Ladbroke Square, The Inner Temple, Cadogan Place South, and others. Tickets are now on sale - you can get them here. Those over 25 pay £22 for all weekend access to over 100 gardens. Other walks and cycle tours with experts are available to ticketholders as an ‘added extra’ for a small fee.

LOG is an initiative of London Parks and Gardens (the London Parks and Gardens Trust or LPG), which campaigns on behalf of the capital's green spaces and comments on 500 planning applications that could impact public parks every year.

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