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Barbican Sculpture Court and Conservatory
Barbican Centre Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
P 020 7638 4141
E info@barbican.org.uk
Sculpture Court: daily
 
 
Surrounded by lakes, private gardens and, of course, the striking Grade II listed architecture of the Barbican Estate and Centre, the Sculpture Court is a tranquil space in this densely packed City. Originally created to circulate the waste water from the air conditioning system of the Barbican Arts Centre, the lakes have been turned into a haven for wildlife – moorhens, coots, herons and yellow wagtails all live here. Visitors can relax on curved benches and enjoy food and drink courtesy of the Waterside Cafe
 
 
 
City Information Centre Garden
St Paul's Churchyard EC4M 8BX
E parks.gardens@cityoflondon.gov.uk Closed for refurbishment – due to reopen Spring 2009.
 
 
The garden next door to the bustling City Information Centre provides a great view of St Paul's and an ideal spot to for visitors to browse the booklets and tips they've picked up
 
 
 
Festival Gardens
Cannon Street EC4
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These award-winning gardens were originally laid out over a large expanse of bomb-damaged land after the Second World War. They now provide one of the most memorable views of St Paul's Cathedral from anywhere in the City.
 
 
 
Goldsmiths' Hall Garden
Gresham Street EC2V 6BN
Conservatory: Sundays and bank holidays only Sculpture Court: daily
 
 
Situated at the northeast corner of Noble and Gresham Street, this garden took shape after the bombing of this area in 1941. Staff from the Goldsmiths' Hall, acting on their own initiative, made the garden in the ruins planting flowers and shrubs from their own gardens at home. The garden flourished and prompted the Company to start a competition for the best City garden on a blitzed site.
 
 
 
London Wall
London Wall EC2M
 
 
London Wall was the defensive wall built by the Romans around Londinium,Constructed around AD 200, London Wall was a massive defensive structure built by the occupying Romans around the City of London, forming an enclosed rectangle. The three sides not facing the river were rebuilt and added to in the 17th-19th centuries and it's these remains that one can see today.
 
 
 
Postman's Park
King Edward Street EC1
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This scenic park acquired its name due to its popularity as a lunchtime garden with workers from the nearby old General Post Office. It is home to the famous Watts memorial, built in 1900 by Victorian painter and philanthropist GF Watts (1817-1904).
 
 
 
St Alphage Garden Podium
Wood Street EC2Y 5EL
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A street-level garden from which you can access the garden behind or take the staircase to the highwalks where visitors will find pretty flower beds. Above these gardens are walkways towards the Barbican and the scenic roof garden of St Alphage's Highwalk. The Minotaur sculpture by Micahel Ayrton watches threateningly over the surrounding City. Wind tolerant plants such as cistus, rosemary, choisya, abelia and elaeagnus and hardy varieties of herbaceous irises, salvias, anthemis and helleborus decorate the flower beds.
 
 
 
St Paul's Cathedral Garden
off New Change EC4
E parks.gardens@cityoflondon.gov.uk 6am-8pm daily (summer) 6am-4pm (winter) The garden may sometimes be closed for special events
 
 
Take in the imposing cathedral from a bench in the surrounding gardens, which have a pretty rose garden and a range of interesting plants and trees (including plane and walnut). Look out for the three monuments – a granite memorial inscribed with “Remember before God the people of London 1939-1945”, a statue of John Wesley and a large monument of St Paul. The gardens were formed in 1878 when the ancient burial grounds of St Paul's, St Gregory by St Paul’s and St Faith the Virgin under St Paul’s were combined.
 
 
 
St Peter-upon-Cornhill gardens
Cornhill
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Right by the bustle of Bank junction is this shaded space, enclosed by buildings on all four sides. The garden isn't the most dramatic the City has to offer, but when you're sightseeing around the busy streets near the Bank of England some respite might be in order. This small, shaded garden has a slightly raised lawn, several mature trees, a circular flower bed and – most importantly – benches for resting tired legs. Visitors will find St Michael Cornhill's garden just along the road.
 
 
 
Whittington Garden
Upper Thames Street EC4
E parks.gardens@cityoflondon.gov.uk Permenately open site, not fenced off.
 
 
The garden has since been refurbished and reconfigured. On granite plinths sit two horsemen, sculpted by Cambellotti, which were given to the City of London by the Italian President on his state visit in 2005. Rosemary and thyme can be found amongst the dense planting on the southern edge of the garden.
 
 
 


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