St-Dunstan in the East - Secret Church Garden

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ah sunny London, I love you! I've seriously learnt to appreciate sunny days since moving to England, there's not much better than a warm sunny weekend in London. Ok maybe these are better, but it's close. The problem with sun in London is that everyone is out, and they've all got the same idea as you: Picnic in the park!

You're thinking of having this nice relaxing lunch, lying down in the grass with friends, enjoying the sunshine, and you end up surrounded by tons of people. Which is great for people watching and conversation snooping, don't get me wrong, but sometimes its nice to have your own little park.

And this is where secret gardens come in - taaddaa! London's greenery isn't restricted to Hyde Park, Green Park and Regents Park... there are tons of secret gardens which I hope to make you discover! Here's the first post in the "Secret Gardens" series: St-Dunstan in the East.

The church was built in 1100, severely damaged during the Great Fire of 1666 and patched up throughout the years. During the Blitz of 1941, most of the church collapsed under the bomb's impacts... After the war instead of leaving it to ruins, the City of London Corporation decided to turn the remains into a public garden and so here we are!


The church is hidden away at the end of a little street, surrounded by skyscrapers.... You'd never know it's there! (you can find it here but shhh)


The few people there sit quietly enjoying their lunch, looking at the cute water fountain at the center of the garden. I can't wait to go back this summer when all the trees have bloomed and the vines are full of leaves!



My brother and I had a quick 'picnic' and a good catchup. St-Dunstan is right next to the city, so it'd be great for a lunchtime getaway for all you city bankers!





Couldn't help but whip out some yoga moves... the blossoms were too pretty!!



Hope you're all enjoying this pretty spring weekend!


1 comment:

  1. OMG this garden is so beautiful! Perfect to host a Madhatter Tea Party! And may I say, your hand stand is flawless little sis, although it must be a little easier than trying with with winter boots on in a foot of snow. :) xx

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