Guide type: Area Guide
25th September 2017
Allen Gardens is one of Hackney’s more unusual green spaces as it is adorned with creative and innovative street art on the walls surrounding the park. This space is hidden away behind Bethune Road in Stoke Newington and is encircled by mature yew trees and areas of woodland. If that’s not all, the park is just a 15 minute walk from Galliard Homes’ luxury development The Stage.
The words ‘fields’ and ‘burial ground’ are not often in the same sentence but Bunhill Fields Burial Ground is an oasis of calm and greenery just north of the Square Mile. The park has become a popular lunchtime spot for office workers looking to escape the hubbub of the city. It is also brimming with history and is the last resting place for an estimated 120,000 people including poet William Blake and author Daniel Defoe.
For those wishing to take in the history of the park, The City Guides conducts guided walks around the grounds every Wednesday from April to October at 12:30pm for £8.
Bunhill Fields Burial Ground is conveniently situated just six minutes from The Stage.
The Geffrye Museum Herb Garden is tucked away behind the world-famous Geffrye Museum on Geffrye Street in Hoxton. Have a wander around the expansive front lawn, attractive period gardens full of fragrant flowers and the secluded herb garden. Or take advantage of the summer weather by sitting on a park bench and enjoying the silence.
The period and herb gardens are open from April to October and the front lawn is open all-year round. This is an ideal weekend jaunt for residents at The Stage as it is just a short 15 minute walk from the development.
Shoreditch Park in Hackney is one of the Borough’s largest parks at 19 acres, and boasts expansive and impressive grounds in the heart of the city. The park offers a wide variety of facilities such as an amphitheatre and a giant rock boulder created by artist John Frankland, which can also be used for rock-climbing.
The grounds of Shoreditch Park are teeming with history; it used to feature terraced houses which were built for workers and their families during the building of the Regent’s Canal in 1812. Sadly, much of the area suffered bomb damage during the Blitz in World War Two and no longer exists.
St Mary’s Secret Garden in Hoxton has been open for 25 years and is well-known for its community spirit. The grounds are used to support people with special needs, where they and members of the local community can gain hands-on experience of gardening. This beautiful garden has a sensory area, pond and tranquil wildflower garden. Members of the community can attend workshops and volunteer in this extraordinary corner of London.
Weavers Fields is the largest park in Bethnal Green and has open flat spaces and woodland walks, which are ideal for soaking up the sun at the weekend. This vibrant park also plays hosts to events, such as Boishakhi Mela which was held in May this year.
Boishakhi Mela is the celebration of the Bengali New Year and is the largest open-air festival in Europe and attracts 80,000 people from across the UK. The event sees festival-goers start the party in Allen Gardens, wind their way through Brick Lane and finally culminate in Weavers Fields.
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