This secret riverside garden, just beside the Globe Theatre, belongs to the Dean of Southwark's private residence and dates back to 1712. Hidden away from neighbouring bustling tourist areas, it has become a tranquil wildlife haven. The Deanery garden has been planted with mature shrubs, trees and herbaceous plants and is tended by the cathedral's gardener. Access to this small garden is via historic Cardinal Cap Alley, which is very narrow. Visitor numbers may have to be restricted at busy times.
Southwark Cathedral Gardener: Mark Gibbons
Via the very narrow Cardinal Cap Alley, behind 51 Bankside, near Tate Modern Nearest postcode: SE1 9JE
A stunning gated garden just 100 yards from the River Thames, Tate Modern and Globe Theatre. Bridged wildlife pond, fernery, raised herb beds, grape vines and native flowerbeds. Awarded a Green Flag in 2020/21, and a Gold in London in Bloom award.
A hidden secret garden with a unique story and many delights in the planting. A small paved area includes a pond and fountain. Within the narrow space, climbers cover the walls and pots brim with foliage to create texture and colour.
Vast roof terrace with panoramic views of the River Thames and the City, and professionally managed formal gardens. Award-winning kitchen garden managed by volunteers, producing vegetables and edible flowers.