SE­CRET GAR­DENS

Where London - - Outdoors -

In hon­our of Chelsea Flower Week, City Cruises has teamed up with the en­ter­tain­ment com­pany All I Want VIP and florist Amie Bone Flow­ers to launch The Float­ing Gar­dens of West­min­ster, a boat brim­ming with flow­ers; it even has a lawn and a three-tier wa­ter fea­ture. Hop aboard for a 90-minute cruise with un­lim­ited bub­bly, canapés and a DJ (25, 26 & 27 May).

Visit Hol­land Park’s beau­ti­ful Ky­oto Gar­den – the hid­den Ja­panese gar­den is filled with stone lanterns, wa­ter­falls and roam­ing pea­cocks.

Love it or hate it, 20 Fenchurch Street – bet­ter known as the Walkie-Talkie build­ing – has the cap­i­tal’s high­est pub­lic gar­den space. Sky Gar­den in­cludes lush veg­e­ta­tion, an open-air ter­race and 360-de­gree views of the city. It’s free to visit, but you have to book in ad­vance.

The Bar­bican Cen­tre is fa­mous for theatre and art, but it is also home to the sec­ond-big­gest con­ser­va­tory in Lon­don. Its 23,000 sq ft trop­i­cal sanctuary con­tains ex­otic fish and more than 1,500 plants, while on Sun­days it trans­forms into a unique set­ting for af­ter­noon tea.

For pic­nics, why not eat in Water­low Park near High­gate Ceme­tery, or in the walled gar­den in­side Brock­well Park near Brix­ton?

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