Hi what would be a good formal or flower garden to visit within the center of London? Kew gardens and Hampton will be too far so hope you can recommend gardens for a short visit. Many thanks!
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Regent's Park gardens, especially the Rose Garden as noted by this blogger: http://www.gardenista.com/posts/a-secret-garden-in-the-middle-of-regents-park and with a good map and perseverance you can explore some of these:
These look awesome! Thanks for the tips: )
Happy to help. Enjoy!
The inner Temple garden is third on the telegraph list. They say it is open from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.
Looks like a good start. Enjoy!
Kew Gardens is not that far from London. We also have enjoyed Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens.
Regents Park is also beautiful and easy to get to.
We recently enjoyed Chiswick House's gardens, which are at the edge of Transit Zone 2. Kew is a little farther, and hard to combine on the same day because of size. Don't miss The Maids of Honour tea house pastries when at Kew.
Kew Gardens is a delightful and diverse garden, and has cafes, beer and wine. Kew is an easy and affordable Tube ride from most central London locations. Hey, wine and a world class garden--what else do you need? They've even got flowers, shrubs and trees! And great with kids, the Treetop walk is something.
I think the OP needs something closer than Kew!
Travel time is a factor to consider. I guess my point is that I wouldn't look at the London map and, merely because of Kew's apparent distance in miles from central London, therefore rule it out.
IMO it's a surprisingly convenient ride by Tube from central London locations (just avoid Tube commute hours, as you would wherever you're going on the Tube).
And for a different transportation experience, you can go to Kew by boat. Rick suggests going there by Tube and then returning to Westminster Pier by boat (the travel time by boat is different, depending on whether you're going "downriver" and what the tide is doing).