London Open Gardens - 12 June 2021

Virtual Event Programme Updates

90 minutes – virtual, live and fully interactive, then on demand until 12 July.

Explore London’s (not normally open to the public) formal squares, historic allotments, award-winning community spaces and wonder at the breath-taking rooftop gardens.

The exciting programme will be presented by Sarah Greene, live from a London studio with guest interviews, including Peter Fiori, Executive Chef at Coutts Skyline Garden, and interactive fun for all the family (a quiz to test your horticultural knowledge and a prize competition). Beautifully shot film will also give ticket-holders the opportunity to go ‘virtually’ through the gates of some of London’s finest and most interesting hidden gardens and meet the people that both enjoy and are responsible for maintaining, these spectacular green spaces. 

The London Open Gardens virtual event is the annual fundraiser for the London Gardens Trust – replacing Open Garden Squares Weekend during the pandemic. Our mission is to celebrate the best of London’s historic landscapes, grow London’s love of outdoors and protect these vital spaces for the benefit of everyone. Purchasing your ticket enables us to continue that work. 

Early Bird Tickets for £8 per device are available now. Ticket-buyers will also have the opportunity to watch the event on demand for at least a month afterwards.

Programme Announcements

We will update this page regularly with all the latest programme announcements.

* Please note, due to the live nature of this event, the programme is subject to change.

22/03/2021 Sarah Greene to present London Open Gardens

We are delighted to announce that TV presenter and actress Sarah Greene, a keen inner-city gardener herself, will be presenting our very first live, virtual and interactive London Open Gardens on Saturday 12 June.

Sarah has worked in every single TV genre and for every channel. Blue Peter, Saturday Superstore, Going Live!… She has a long-held passion for all things horticultural

Sarah Greene with vegetables
Sarah Greene with vegetables

09/04/2021 Executive Chef Peter Fiori and Sarah Greene to explore Coutts Skyline Garden for London Open Gardens on Saturday 12 June 

We are delighted that Peter, who has previously given private tours of this spectacular skyline garden (his brainchild) as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend, will join us in the studio, to share his passion for the wider environmental benefits of London roof top gardens and talk about his cookbook ‘The Skyline Garden Cookbook: From Harvest to Plate’. 

Peter Fiori © Paul Robinson
Peter Fiori © Paul Robinson

20/04/2021 Featured Gardens

The Aga Khan Centre

The Aga Khan contemporary Islamic Gardens at King’s Cross – part of the new Aga Khan Centre – have been designed to showcase the diversity of Muslim cultures and also to bring a conceptual ribbon of Islamic-inspired gardens to this developing area. There are six gardens…

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Photo: John Sturrock

The British Medical Association

This is the home of the UK’s professional association for doctors. This picturesque garden is a hidden central London gem. It was built on the site of Tavistock House, once the home of novelist Charles Dickens…

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Photo: Janne Watson

Approach Gardens

Award-winning Approach Gardens in Bethnal Green is a thriving community food garden…

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Photo: Candy Blackham

The Deanery

This gem of a secret riverside garden, just beside the Globe Theatre, belongs to the Dean of Southwark Cathedral’s private residence and dates back to 1712…

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Photo: Colin Wing

Eccleston Square

Eccleston Square is named after Eccleston in Cheshire, part of the Duke of Westminster-owned estates. Created from a low-lying swamp, it was drained in the early 17th century…

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Photo: Diana Jarvis

Cannon Bridge

This private rooftop terrace garden offers stunning views of London’s skyline and is a perfect example of planting for biodiversity right in the heart of the city…

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Photo: Anna Barclay

The Ismaili Centre

This beautiful roof garden in the heart of Knightsbridge is a sanctuary of calm set against the backdrop of a bustling city. It reflects motifs from Islamic architectural heritage…

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Photo: The Ismaili Centre

Royal Crescent Gardens

Robert Cantwell laid out the Royal Crescent Gardens in 1846. Perimeter railings, removed in WWII…

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Photo: Stephanie Stephenson

Ladbroke Square Garden

This Grade II-listed garden in Notting Hill was originally the site of the Hippodrome racecourse entrance…

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Photo: Stephanie Stephenson

The gardens of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Wander (virtually) through courtyards and cloistered areas of barristers’ chambers and discover a secret vegetable and cutting garden behind the Church of the Knights Templar…

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Photo: Colin Wing

Core Landscapes

A closed community garden in Hackney. Core Landscapes transforms vacant land in deprived urban areas into hubs for community engagement…

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Photo: Nemone Mercer

Barbican Wildlife Garden

The Royal Horticultural Society and London in Bloom have judged the garden ‘outstanding’ for the last three years…

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Photo: Anna Barclay

Alara Permaculture

These interlinked gardens on Camley Street have been created from a piece of derelict land, just a 10-minute stroll from King’s Cross…

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Photo: Anna Barclay

The Greenwood Centre

The Greenwood Centre is Camden’s first Centre for Independent Living run by people with disabilities…

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*Please note that the programme is subject to change

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