Athenaeum Hotel, Lavender Field and Lauriston Road roundabout
Some of London’s most inventive gardens are hidden in plain sight. Next time you’re stuck in traffic along Piccadilly, look out for the Living Wall that wraps around the Athenaeum Hotel. Designed by vertical gardening guru Patrick Blanc, this flourishing façade is the response to the hotel’s lack of a traditional horizontal garden space.
For a more Provençal jaunt, check out the Lavender Field, near Lambeth North tube station. Planted by guerrilla gardener Richard Reynolds, it’s a fragrant and colourful addition to the south London streetscape.
Over in Hackney, potter Caroline Bousfield Gregory has been tending the Lauriston Road roundabout for over ten years, and has magicked a weedy wasteland into a Mediterranean island. Drifts of euphorbia, santolina, sage and pink valerian thrive on the dusty conditions.