Silver jubilee London Open Gardens celebratory events

Marking its silver jubilee, London Open Gardens are celebrating with a special set of guided walks and cycle tours for garden lovers, history buffs and the curious.

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In their 25th year, London Open Gardens provides access to secret squares and gardens for all, raises vital funds, to protect London’s Park & Gardens throughout the year. Annually the event clocks around 40,000 visits to over 100 – usually closed, gardens.

In celebration of their silver jubilee, visitors can partake in a special set of 25 guided walks and cycle tours, around the capital which will be held on the 8th and 9th of June 2024. Tours are reportedly at
‘gentle pace’, to ensure suitable for all ages and promise to uncover secrets ranging from the oldest city gardens; ‘saints and sinners in Smithfield’; ‘Pleasure, paradise and pocket parks’, and the quirks of Bloomsbury. Expert guides will delight small groups with illuminating journeys of discovery along ancient streets, Thames side paths and through ruins, with some trails provided especially for families.

There are walks that look to the future, to explore the changing west end and how the city is being re-planted for resilience amidst a climate emergency with valuable take-home lessons for gardeners. For those keen to delve into London’s past, one can join tours such as ‘Southwark’s hoppy past’ ‘London’s 2000 years’ and ‘Belgravia; Squares, stucco and scandal, all of which illuminate intriguing facts and stories.

London Open Gardens Chair Nathan Oley said: “What better way to celebrate our gorgeous green city, its history and garden pioneers than to join a tour of discovery which will help to preserve our special, shared parks? London Open Gardens’ silver jubilee is a celebration of London’s green lungs and LPG’s commitment to protect them, and everyone is welcome!”

All the details, and bookings for the London Open Gardens guided walks and tours can be found here.