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Anyone planning a visit to London will be acutely aware that this is one of the busiest and exciting cities on the planet and there are therefore so many attractions that will draw the eye and sights to explore that visitors can sometimes become that bit overwhelmed.
Well, when the stresses of a busy day’s sightseeing are getting all too much, there is an oasis of calm that visitors can head along to in order to soothe their mind and let the stresses of the busy London streets simply melt away
Located not far from the luxurious Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel in the heart of Bayswater, the Tibetan Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum London could be just the ticket for all those with an urge for mental relaxation.
Opening hours and attractions at the Tibetan Peace Garden
The gardens are open daily from 10 am until 6 pm (including bank holidays) and as soon as visitors enter this calm and serene space, the good vibes that are created by the layout and sympathetic planting of the garden help to lift their spirits.
Opened in May 1999 by his Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Peace Garden was commissioned by the Tibetan Foundation and was built on land donated by Southwark Council and made to be open and available for all members of the public and local community to enjoy.
It offers an oasis of serenity in one of the most built-up and busy places on Earth, ensuring there is always respite from the stresses of travel and exploration when visitors make their way here.
A place for contemplation, relaxation, meditation, prayer and thought, the gardens draw on architecture from the Buddhist culture to create a unique attraction that can be found nowhere else in the English capital. It is a pleasure to merely walk around the lush green spaces created in the Tibetan Peace Gardens and to think about life’s meaning during a stay.
Indeed, a message to all guests from the 14th Dalai Lama greets visitors upon entry to the gardens, it reads: “We human beings are passing through a crucial period in our development.
“Conflicts and mistrust have plagued the past century, which has brought immeasurable human suffering and environmental destruction. It is in the interests of all of us on this planet that we make a joint effort to turn the next century into an era of peace and harmony.
“May this peace garden become a monument to the courage of the Tibetan people and their commitment to peace.
“May it remain as a symbol to remind us that human survival depends on living in harmony and always choosing the path of non-violence in resolving our differences.”
Travel options for Tibetan Peace Garden guests
Anyone hoping to visit the Tibetan Peace Garden should consider making use of the extensive London Underground network, which offers swift and easy access to many parts of the English capital, with the area around this popular attraction particularly well-served by stations:
- Lambeth North (Bakerloo line)
- Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo & Northern lines)
- Kennington (Northern line)
- Southwark (Jubilee line)
- Borough (Northern line)
Meanwhile, visitors can also make use of extensive overground rail links to the area via the nearby stations of Waterloo, London Waterloo East and Elephant & Castle. Travellers can also make use of around-the-clock bus services that offer swift and easy access to this busy part of central London.
Anyone planning journeys in the area via public transport should check out the official website of Transport for London to find specific details on station opening times, planned line maintenance for the Underground network and more.
Parking near the Tibetan Peace Garden
However, it is not just the area’s excellent public transport links that enable visitors to reach the Tibetan Peace Garden with relative ease, as the locale also offers a large selection of secure facilities to park for anyone planning to drive during their time in the city:
- APCOA Waterloo Station Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Abington Street Car Park (1.1 miles, 23 minutes)
- Cornwall Road Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
- National Theatre Car Park (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)
- Baynard House Car Park (1.3 miles, 26 minutes)
- Tower Hill Car & Coach Park (1.7 miles, 35 minutes)
- Q-Park Chinatown (1.8 miles, 36 minutes)
Motorists planning journeys in central London are advised that traffic volumes can be high throughout the day and into the evening, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours. It is therefore advisable for individuals to avoid taking to the roads at these times.
Travellers might also like to plan their journeys in advance to avoid the busiest routes, while pre-booking parking is recommended, as spaces can be limited.