The first week of spring sees the clocks go forward, the promise of warmer weather and London burst into blossom. With a number of stunning gardens and grounds available for hire, its time to experience the capital's great outdoor spaces...
Chiswick House and Gardens is one of West London’s most recognisable landmarks, and is home to striking and original gardens designed by Lord Burlington and William Kent. Unique features include an entrancing Cascade waterfall, the conservatory which houses an exquisite collection of camellias and a stylish Inigo Jones archway saved from the demolition of Beaufort House in 1738.
Another West London institution, Syon Park boasts breathtaking parkland designs by master landscaper “Capability Brown” offers a remarkable rural arcadia to any visitor. It’s an elegant mix of stylised gardens, an arboretum, formal lawns and meadows bursting with wild flowers. This neo-classical masterpiece is not to be missed.
Set in the stunning Bishop’s Park, Fulham Palace is a tranquil haven in the heart of South London. The garden includes many rare trees, in particular an ancient oak over 450 years old, located on the south side of the main lawn. Another highlight of the palace’s grounds is the stunning walled garden, with an elaborate knotted hedge, a complex form of topiary constructed from clipped, pleached and shaped box bushes and a collection of vibrant, colourful flowers.
A Chelsea Charmer
Christopher Wren’s awe-inspiring Royal Hospital Chelsea is renowned as the home of the world’s most prestigious garden fair, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. With its expansive lawns on the banks of the Thames it provides a very special backdrop to any occasion.
With its resplendent glasshouses jammed-packed with the tropical and the exotic, Kew Gardens is a testament to the pioneering spirit of the 19th Century naturalists and explorers. Spring sees the gardens come alive with colour and the crocus carpets and the cherry blossoms are not to be missed.
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