THE ENGLISH GARDEN
Once home to the Bishops of London, Fulham Palace and its gardens offer respite from the wailing sirens and nose-to-tail traffic of the capital. An 1830s curved glasshouse that was built as a pinery and vinery, to grow pineapples and grapes, has recently been restored. The garden has a long and fascinating history dating back to the Tudor period, when Bishop Grindal introduced the tamarisk to England, through to Bishop Compton’s famous collection of plants in the early 1700s. Stroll around the knot garden, walled garden and see an ancient evergreen oak tree estimated to be over 450 years old. The botanic gardens are open every day from dawn till dusk and the walled garden daily from 10.15am–4.15pm. For £6 per person there's a Garden Walk tour of the Fulham Palace garden where you can discover more about its history, the rare plants and the important and unusual trees growing there today.