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Small-Group tour: Secret London Gardens Guided Walk

Alison Turner

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Step off the well-trodden tourist path and into the secret gardens and hidden corners of the City's ancient 'square mile'. We'll see beautiful gardens old and new: from the 16th-floor roof garden with stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Shard to the City's most atmospheric garden in the ruins of a 17th Century church. You'll hear the fascinating history of these locations and how they were shaped by fire, war, and plague.

Your guide, Alison Turner, is a qualified guide and keen amateur gardener who knows her hollyhocks from her heuchera...(she once produced a BBC series on Italian Gardens with Monty Don!)

TripAdvisor Reviews:

'Alison is wonderful! She is mine of relevant knowledge and presents it with humour and inclusivity. It felt like we were strolling with a group of friends.'

'A fun, educational, extraordinary experience! We all had a wonderful time being guided round the city by Alison!'

'The warmth of her personality shone through. Highly recommend.'

About This Deal

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Garden at 120, 120 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 5AL England

Stop 1 We will take the lift 16 floors up to admire the cool contemporary design and planting of the rooftop Garden at 120 Fenchurch Street with its wisteria display and its stunning views of the Shard, Walkie Talkie, and Tower Bridge. *Our group is pre-booked to guarantee access!*

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Gilt Of Cain, Fen Court Garden, Fen Ct, London EC3M 5BN, UK

Evocative sculpture commemorating the abolition of the slave trade and plaque featuring a haunting poem by Lemn Sissay.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: All Hallows By The Tower, Byward Street, London EC3R 5BJ England

The City's oldest church, bursting with history. The earliest recorded church here dates from 675AD! Inside we'll see a Saxon arch and remains of a Roman pavement. It's also where William Penn was baptized and where US president John Quincy Adams married a local girl. There's a sunken garden and we'll also peek into Nic's Secret Garden - a tiny unused space beside the Church bursting with plants.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Seething Lane Garden, Seething Ln, London EC3N 4AT, UK

Delightful gardens on the site of the old Naval Offices, where celebrated diarist Samuel Pepys once worked. The gardens also offer a glimpse of 17th Century history commemorated in paving stones, including one depicting a giant parmesan cheese Pepys buried in his garden to escape the Great Fire! We will also see the delightful medieval church of St Olave's Hart Street which Pays called 'our own church'.

Duration: 8 minutes

Stop At: St Dunstan in the East Church Garden, St Dunstan's Hill, London EC3R 5DD, UK

Perhaps the City's. most beautiful and evocative garden, housed in the ruins of a Christopher Wren church, named for a 10th Century saint who met the Devil. It was part-destroyed by a bomb in World War Two but its surviving tower and atmospheric gothic windows are the perfect backgrounds to the tranquil planting and fountain.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • This is a largely exterior tour with no masking required. During our one interior church visit guests might prefer to wear a mask but it is not compulsory.
  • All Fees and Taxes

  • Lunch

Departure Point
Monument to the Great Fire of London, Fish St Hill, London EC3R 8AH, UK

Departure Time
11:15 AM

90 to 100 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.