I saw this in Angels & Urchins magazine and had to share.
Nestled beneath Lambeth Palace on the South Bank, the Garden Museum is truly a hidden gem. Herbs and veggies from the charming knot garden are used to supply the cafe, which serves up delicious lunches and teas. What’s more, this tiny museum runs a Seasonal Saturdays programme offering free, drop-in creative family activities every week.
Lambeth Palace Road
Tel: 0207 401 8865
Open daily 10.30am – 5pm (til 4pm Saturday)
Tickets: from £5 adults; kids free
These gardens are massive: 60 acres of formal gardens running down to the River Thames. Don’t miss the famous maze. Flower Show to rival Chelsea’s 8 – 13 July.
East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Open daily 10am – 4.30pm
Tickets: £18.20 adults, £9.10 kids (5-16), Maze only adults £4.40; kids £2.75
Founded in 1673 by the ‘Worshipful Society of Apothecaries’ for the study of the medicinal qualities of plants, this peaceful walled garden in the middle of Chelsea is one of London’s best kept secrets. Not a place for mad rushing around. There is a good trail that children can follow and an excellent cafe. See Kids’ London for details for Family Activity Days this summer.
66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3
Tel: 0207 352 5646
Open 11am – 6pm Tuesday – Friday and Sunday
Tickets £9.90 adults, £6.60 kids (5 – 15), max 2 kids per adult
Download the Royal Collection’s Buckingham Palace Garden Trail before setting off on a family adventure. Spot wildlife, flora and fauna, as well as taking in the regal splendour.
Tel: 0207 766 7300
Open daily from July. Booking times from 9.30am.
Tickets £28.50 adults, £17 for children 17 and under, under 5’s free
Make the most of Ham’s beautiful gardens with their great range of nostalgic garden games including croquet, wooden Connect 4, quoits and noughts and crosses. Romeo and Juliet is this year’s outdoor theatre on 13 July. Downton Abbey fans will find the Below the Stairs’ tour interesting.
Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7RS
Tel: 0208 940 1950
Gardens open daily 10am – 5pm
Tickets £10 adults, £5 kids
Culpeper Community Garden
A heavenly retreat and real surprise, hidden away neaer the busy road and shopping area of Islington. Great for picnics.
1 Cloudesley Road, N1 0EG
No charge, open daily