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Visit The Secret Gardens Of Spitalfields

June 2, 2024
by the gentle author

Gardens in Spitalfields are open for visitors this year on Saturday 8th June from 10am – 4pm. Find details at the website of the National Gardens Scheme. 

I have just four tickets remaining for The Gentle Author’s Tour of Spitalfields at 2pm that day, so if you are clever you can fit both in on the same day.

These hidden enclaves of green are entirely concealed from the street by the houses in front and the tall walls that enclose them. If you did not know of the existence of these gardens, you might think Spitalfields was an entirely urban place with barely a leaf in sight, but in fact every terrace conceals a string of verdant little gardens and yards filled with plants and trees that defy the dusty streets beyond.

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. Georgina Briody permalink
    June 2, 2024

    One of my favourite events in Spitalfields, probably my last visit.

  2. June 2, 2024

    What beautiful little oases! There is a lot you can do with a courtyard garden and green is so restful against a constant pallete of grey and brick red. I can see cats, but perhaps other species are attracted by the flowers? I hope that you are blessed with early summer butterflies rather than greedy slugs!

  3. George Noel permalink
    June 2, 2024

    The guided tour yesterday was a pleasant introduction to Spitalfields and our gentle host. I’ll look forward to enjoying old and new posts here and hope to return sometime soon.

  4. Helen permalink
    June 2, 2024

    I love these walled, dark green hideaway spaces, that provide refuge from the surrounding city. And the gateways into them, that seem like portals into another world!

  5. Cherub permalink
    June 2, 2024

    They all look so inviting and calm.

  6. Ken Powell permalink
    June 2, 2024

    Cats seem popular amongst the glitterati of Spitalfields !
    What a transformation from the area I recall in the 70s – but well done for saving the area.

  7. Christine Cooke permalink
    June 2, 2024


  8. Jan permalink
    June 2, 2024

    Beautiful gardens and you get to play spot the cat.

  9. Robin permalink
    June 2, 2024


  10. Molly Guenther permalink
    June 7, 2024

    Lovely pictures, all the gardens are so inviting looking. Thank you.

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