London's Pocket Parks - Archive Articles


London’s Pocket Parks: Bankside’s Metal Box Garden

What looks like an abandoned rubbish skip now overflowing with plants growing in the rubble is actually a specially planted metal box garden.

London’s Pocket Parks: Joseph Grimaldi Park, N1

This is a former church graveyard near Kings Cross, that is famous for having two graves that you are actively encouraged to dance on.

London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Garden, EC1

This small park near to Farringdon station is unsurprisingly, a former church graveyard, but also the site of a tumultuous period of English history.

London’s Pocket Parks: 15 Clerkenwell Close

This may be the best hidden pocket park in London, or maybe I wandered onto private property, it’s not entirely easy to be sure which.

London’s Pocket Parks: St Leonard’s Priory, E3

Sat right next to a roaring main road it’s probably not a surprise that this former churchyard is looking rather forlorn, for who would want to sit here?

London’s Pocket Parks: Altab Ali Park, E1

Despite its name, this park is actually a former graveyard and site of a famous church that gave its name to the entire area of Whitechapel.

London’s Pocket Parks: Ebury Square Gardens, SW1

Ebury Square takes its name from Ebury Farm, which used to be where Victoria Coach Station is today.

London’s Pocket Parks: Mount Nod – the Huguenot burial ground

This is a a pocket park that you can’t visit – yet. You will be able to soon though as it’s about to be restored and opened to the public.

London’s Pocket Parks: Fen Court, EC3

This is a very well hidden little pocket park that can only be found if you’re minded to slip through an alley to discover this former church graveyard.

London’s Pocket Parks: Seething Lane Garden, EC3

This is a recently totally rebuilt garden, replacing a classic old enclosed garden with a modern open style, and gaining an underground car park in the process.

London’s Pocket Parks: Brewers Hall Garden, EC2

A less appealing garden is difficult to imagine, and if there wasn’t a sign announcing that this patch of paving was actually a garden, I’d have never expected it to be one.

London’s Pocket Parks: One Coleman Street Gardens, EC2

One Coleman Street Gardens is a small public space in the City of London creating a contemporary space as a relief from the hard surrounding streets.

London’s Pocket Parks – St Mary Aldermanbury, EC2

This pocket park covers the remains of St Mary Aldermanbury, a church that was destroyed during WW2, and rebuilt — in the USA.

London’s Pocket Parks – Garden West of 25 Cannon Street, EC4

A rather fine pocket park in the City of London that is not managed by the City of London. And unlike other parks, it doesn’t have a name.

London’s Pocket Parks – St Anne & St Agnes, EC2

This is one of London’s former graveyards turned into public park, but with the rare advantage that the church it’s attached to still existing.

London’s Pocket Parks – The Goldsmiths Garden, EC2

As with many of the City of London’s pocket parks, this is a former graveyard for the church of St John Zachary, and also a site of war damage. Made up in two sections, an upper street level with a

London’s Pocket Parks – St Mary Staining, EC2

This small pocket park can be found slightly hidden away in a corner of a side street near the Guildhall and owes its current existence to the Great Fire of London.

London’s Pocket Parks – Yalta Memorial Garden, SW7

This modest little triangular plot is surrounded by two major roads, but also contains a very important memorial.

London’s Pocket Parks – Aldermanbury Square, EC2

This is a very modern take on the pocket park, with lots of grey stones, green trees and mini-fountains.

London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1

A patch of council housing in Clerkenwell has been recently improved by replacing concrete and cars with grasses and greenery.

London’s Pocket Parks – St Peter Cheap, EC2

This is a rather desultory park, with a strong unpleasant odor on my visit, but it is notable for the absolutely gigantic tree that dominates the area.

London’s Pocket Parks – The Water Gardens, W2

This is an ornamental garden on the corner of Edgware Road and Sussex Gardens that despite its name doesn’t contain any water.

London’s Pocket Parks – Cleary Gardens, EC4

This stepped series of gardens are the result of post war clearance, but has an industrial heritage that can be traced as far back as Roman times.

London’s Pocket Parks – Whittington Garden

This garden is one of the legacies of WW2, as it sits on land that was badly damaged by bombing raids.