London Parks & Gardens Trust

A Walk through the City of London

Finsbury Circus Garden

Finsbury Circus Garden

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Directions

Continue down Basinghall Avenue until you reach the junction with Coleman Street. Cross at the traffic lights and walk towards Moorgate. Use the pedestrian crossing on Moorgate, turn left and take the first right along a short street to Finsbury Circus Garden. This is a lovely spot to stop and eat lunch and watch a game of bowls. There is a wine bar, open during weekdays. (0.16km) 0.70km

Note: the garden is currently closed because of the CrossRail works.

To end the walk here, return to Moorgate underground station, on Moorgate.

Description

This Grade II Listed garden is, at 2,220 square metres, the largest open space in the City. It is also what remains of Moor Fields, London's first public park, dating from 1607. The present garden was originally laid out in 1815 to a design by Charles Dance the Younger. Finsbury Circus is an oval garden with an immaculate bowling green, home to the City of London Bowling Club. The garden is surrounded by elegant curved terraces containing other listed buildings, and it is known for its mature London plane trees (some over 200 years old), bedding and fine Japanese Pagoda tree, the only one in the City.