Great Gardens of London - Gorgeous Gardens You'll Want to Visit
Great Gardens of Londonby Victoria Summerley, with photos by Hugo Rittson Thomas and Marianne Majerus has just been published byFrances Lincoln. It's a stunning book featuring 30 amazing gardens across the Greater London area, all of which have been beautifully photographed, such as Winfield House, Regent’s Park, which features on its front cover, see above.
The book is divided into five sections Pomp and Circumstance, Wild in the City, Gardeners' Worlds, High Rise Retreats and Private Paradises. It covers a diverse range of gardens across Greater London, from those which are open to the public, such as Hampton Court, Eltham Palace, Battersea Park and Chelsea Physic Garden, through to tantalising, private gardens, some of which are occassionally opened, such as 10 Downing Street, the home of the British Prime Minister.
Great Gardens of London works brilliantly as a coffee table book, filled with coloured photographs, which have all magically captured the gardens looking at their personal best, and printed on good quality glossy paper, it's a visual treat that was hard to put down.
I have quite a few books about London gardens, for both personal use and as reference books when I am planning guided walks, and the thing that really make this book stand out for me is the text and well researched information about each of the gardens. There is a minimum of 5 pages devoted to each garden, which covers its contemporary design and key features as well as its creation and history.
I've previously visited about 50% of the gardens in the book and I enjoyed reading their descriptions as they've captured them very well. I was particuarly pleased to see Inner Temple, which is in the City of London, the Royal College of Physicians and Kensington Roof Gardens being featured as these less well known gardens are particuarly charming and rather unique and deserve better recognition. The book, as well as making me want to revisit these gardens soon, has also inspired me and given me some new, exciting gardens to add to my Must Do List.
At the back of the book is very useful "Visiting Information" which lists the gardens' address, opening hours and website details.
The book costs £30 and is available in hardback and ebook. It's published by Frances Lincoln and it would make a great Christmas or birthday gift #justsaying.
Disclaimer: Although I received complimentary copy to review all views expressed here are my own honest opinion.
The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds