DEEP-ROOTED HIS­TORY

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Once a grave­yard, Post­man’s Park near St Paul’s Cathe­dral be­came a pub­lic gar­den in 1880 and was a favourite with lo­cal post work­ers. It is a shady spot among the tall build­ings with an ex­otic col­lec­tion of plants in­clud­ing ba­nanas and tree ferns, which thrive in the mi­cro-cli­mate. There are plenty of benches so you can sit for a while and en­joy this lit­tle oasis. Christchurch Greyfriar’s Gar­den (pic­tured right) is lo­cated on the site of a ru­ined Fran­cis­can church and brings a touch of cot­tage gar­den style to the City. The me­dieval church was de­stroyed in the Great Fire of London, the re­place­ment, built by Sir Christo­pher Wren, was then de­stroyed by bombs dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. An av­enue of trees marks the for­mer nave and a rose gar­den re­flects the floor plan of the orig­i­nal church. Both gar­dens are free to en­ter. » city­oflon­don.gov.uk

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