For over 20 years, Open Garden Squares Weekend has been unlocking the capital’s loveliest hidden and private green spaces every June and offering inquisitive, flower-loving Londoners the chance to peek inside.
This year, another lush space has been added to the line-up, and it just happens to be the garden behind the Prime Minister’s gaff. That’s right, this is your chance to see the terraces, half-acre of lawn and rows of roses lining the main garden pathway at No 10 Downing Street. Laid out in 1763 shortly after Sir Robert Walpole moved in, this Westminster oasis features a bronze sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, a pond, small vegetable garden and central flowerbed brimming with colourful blooms.
But hold up if you’re picturing yourself casually swanning into Theresa May’s backyard. Anyone wanting to take a gander at the PM’s trees will have to enter the public ballot which opens tomorrow at noon. Two tours will take place on Sunday June 10 and only 24 places will be available on each tour.
If you’re not one of the lucky few to nab a space, there are plenty of other squares and gardens to enjoy when June rolls around. For a £15 ticket, you gain entry to all the other gardens, including the Garden Barge Square, Melissa Garden Bee Sanctuary, the Royal College of Physicians’ medicinal garden and Belgrave, Cleveland and Bryanston Squares.
Enter at the Open Garden Squares website.
Elsewhere, there’s going to be a massive light show inside Beech Street tunnel this weekend.
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