In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car park, this small city centre idyll is now a tranquil haven for wildlife. Frogs and tadpoles saturate the pond, while birds of all shapes and sizes frequent the trees, nest boxes and feeders. Privately managed by a team of loyal volunteers who have consistently battled against threats of closure, this garden feels unlike another in London. It has a warm, friendly, intimate feel to it part of the local community, you will often come across volunteers working away at developing and nurturing the space. This is very much a living garden a pretty park with real heart and soul. If you're in the area venture behind the concrete and discover Phoenix Gardens as it continues to rise from the ashes.
Best for: Volunteers, ponds and peace, frogs, birds and city centre calm.