Small-Group tour: Secret London Gardens Guided Walk

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Departs: London, London

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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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.'

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Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 15 - 85

Additional Info

  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Garden at 120
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!*

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

All Hallows By The Tower
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Touring with the City's Troublesome Women
Angela C, 24-11-2022
Fantastic, fun and fascinating guided walk. Really enjoyed this. Alison is an erudite, entertaining and inclusive guide. I would recommend Troublesome Woman, and any of her walks. I shall definitely be back for more.
Pleasurable learning
learner104, 17-07-2022
Alison gave us a superb mixture of erudition and humour. I felt I'd really learned something new about London, though have lived here all my life, and the tour is well-named -- there really were secret gardens on the trail.
An excellent and interesting tour of the secret city gardens
seanmQ6444XC, 20-05-2022
Alison Turner is a great City of London tour guide.. her tour of the Secret Gardens of the City was a delight to experience. It ranged from the ultra modern roof garden of 120 Fenchurch Street, where there were brilliant up-close views of the cluster of city skyscrapers, to the ruin of St Dunstan’s in the East & Samuel Pepys church & garden of St Olave’s in Seething Lane. Throughout the guided tour Alison was knowledgeable, engaging, relaxed and witty. She shared with us colourful anecdotes about historical figures connected with the gardens and historic buildings. You are in for a treat. Enjoy.
Secret London Gardens Walk
Alanjohn, 20-05-2022
Alison is very friendly and well-informed and has a clear carrying voice which is very handy in noisy London! My husband and I have lived in London for decades and think we know it all but Alison always has something new and interesting to show both old hands and new. We loved the rooftop gardens and the relaxing pub chat at the finish.

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