The sun is out, the sky is blue, and we’ve found 7 public spaces in Central London where you can enjoy a weekday lunch in the sun.
1. Gray’s Inn Gardens, Farringdon/Holborn
This privately owned park is open to the public between 12:30 and 14:00 on weekdays, so make sure you head to lunch between those times. The nearest stations to Gray’s Inn Gardens are Holborn and Farringdon.
Best for: Grassy Knees
2. St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
This little park in London’s Covent Garden sits behind St Paul’s Church, commonly known as the Actor’s Church , due to it’s long association with the surrounding theatre community. he nearest station to St Paul’s Church Garden is St Paul’s Covent Garden
Best for: Celebrity Spotting
3. Drury Lane Gardens, Covent Garden
Nestled in London’s Theatreland, Drury Lane Gardens is zoned into different areas, including a play area if you’re taking lunch with the kids. The nearest station to Drury Lane Gardens is Covent Garden.
Best for: Lunch with the Kids
4. Red Cross Garden, Southwark
This community-managed city park aims to “bring nature to overcrowded city people”. With it’s ponds, trees and shrubs, it certainly does. The nearest station to Red Cross Garden is Borough.
Best for: A Sense of Space
5. Postman’s Park, St Pauls
Postman’s Park is a green space tucked away on the firmer site of the General Post Office HQ, just north of St Paul’s Cathedral. It was prominently featured in the 200 movie Closer, starring Julia Roberts and Jude Law. The park also has lots of shady areas to cool off. The nearest stations to Postman’s Park are Barbican and Moorgate.
Best for: The Shade
6. The Phoenix Garden, Tottenham Court Road
The Phoenix Garden doesn’t show up as green on the average map, so it’s only really known to locals and nearby workers. This community managed garden is “Created to provide a green retreat from the stresses of London’s West End and a vital habitat for urban wildlife”. The nearest station to the Phoenix Garden is Tottenham Court Road.
Best for: Wild Cats
7. Grosvenor Square Garden
The only green space in our list that’s managed by Royal Parks, Grosvenor Square Gardens features a memorial to Franklin Roosevelt and some stunning surrounding buildings. The square plays host to the Anmerican Embassy. The nearest station to Grosvenor Square Gardens is Bond Street.
Best for: President Spotting
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