London’s rose gardens are a treat for the senses

Queen Mary's Garden

London offers some of the most breathtaking and impressive green spaces in the whole of the UK, and the array of beautiful rose gardens on offer are some of the best attractions for lovers of nature and the great outdoors.

Queen Mary’s Gardens, Regent’s Park

A world-famous garden in the heart of one of the most pristine and delightful green spaces in the whole of London, Queen Mary’s Gardens was opened to the general public in 1932 and features more than 12,000 individual roses.

Queen Mary's Garden

Sure to wow the crowds of visitors that flock to this stunning attraction every year, the rose garden features 85 different varieties of bloom, as well as more than 9,000 begonias and a range of delphinium borders.

Opening hours

The park is open from 5 am throughout the year, with closing times varying depending upon the season. Closing times range from 4.30 pm in the winter through to 9 pm at the height of the summer months.

Parking options

Individuals that will be exploring London on four wheels during their time in the English capital have a wide variety of options when it comes to parking. Here are just some of the facilities in close proximity to Regent’s Park.

  • Underhill Street Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes’ travel time on foot)
  • Arlington Road Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
  • NCP Car Park London Road (0.2 miles, three minutes)
  • Q-Park Church Street (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Stanhope Street Car Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes)

All drivers planning journeys by car during their stay (not simply those visiting Regent’s Park) should be aware of the fact that traffic volumes can be high at many times of the day, but most notably during the morning and early evening rush hours.

Local Underground stations

London Underground services offer a fantastic and efficient way to navigate the English capital, with several stations in close proximity to Queen Mary’s Gardens:

  • Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines)
  • Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line)
  • Great Portland Street (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines)
  • Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines)
  • St John’s Wood (Jubilee line)
  • Mornington Crescent (Northern line)
  • Camden Town (Northern line)

Nearby shopping selections

A wide range of independent shops can be found in the vicinity of Queen Mary’s Gardens, with a top choice for visitors looking for antiques and collectibles being Alfies. Meanwhile, fashionable footwear can be picked up at the Office and designer clothing is available from Matches Fashion, with many more retailers on hand to meet the needs of visitors to the area.

Where to eat out

Finding a great place to dine out on the town is easy in London, with a host of fabulous eateries in the vicinity of Queen Mary’s Gardens, such as:

  • Odette’s (modern European cuisine)
  • Orrery (classical French)
  • Shimogamo (minimalist Japanese)
  • Feng Shang Princess (Chinese restaurant located on a floating pagoda)
  • Mestizo Restaurant & Tequila Bar (Mexican)
  • Iberica Marylebone (Spanish tapas-inspired)
  • The Rajdoot (Indian)

Hyde Park Rose Garden

Located in the south-east corner of Hyde Park, the rose gardens offer a spectacular display of horticulture for guests and are a delightful way to spend an afternoon for all visitors to the area.

Hyde Park Rose Garden

Standout features of the garden include the Huntress Fountain and the Boy and the Dolphin Fountain. It also resides in close proximity to other attractions, including the Cavalry Memorial and the Family of Man Statue.

Opening hours

Hyde Park remains open to the public throughout the year between the hours of 5 am and midnight.

Parking options

Visitors to Hyde Park and the beautiful rose gardens that are planning to travel by car can make use of the following parking facilities during their stay:

  • Q-Park Park Lane (0.1 miles, two minutes)
  • Lancaster Gate Car Park (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
  • Audley Square Car Park (0.3 miles seven minutes)
  • Bayswater Road Car Park (0.9 miles, 18 minutes)
  • Q-Park Queensway (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)

Local Underground stations

The Underground network is a fabulous way to explore the many areas of London, with visitors to the Hyde Park area extremely well catered for in terms of local stops:

  • Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line)
  • Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
  • Marble Arch (Central line)
  • Lancaster Gate (Central line)
  • Queensway (Central line)
  • Bayswater (Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
  • Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
  • High Street Kensington (Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)

Nearby shopping selections

Hamleys is the perfect choice for families planning a visit to the Hyde Park area, with seven storeys all devoted to toys and games for kids of all ages.

In addition, the world-renowned Harrods department store offers everything a high-end customer could wish for, and is just a few minutes’ walk from Hyde Park.

Whiteleys – one of the oldest department stores in the world – is another local shopping mall that offers a wealth of brands to discerning visitors to the area, ranging from high street to high-end outlets.

Where to eat out

Great dining options also abound in this busy part of the English capital, with some standout establishments including:

  • Le Gavroche (Formal fine dining with a focus on French haute cuisine)
  • Zuma (luxury Japanese)
  • The Square (ambitious modern French)
  • Scott’s (high-end seafood and oyster bar)
  • The Tiroler Hut (Austrian comfort food and Alpine kitsch)
  • Alounak (Persian)

Kew Gardens

Boasting thousands of species of plants and flowers from every corner of the Earth, Kew Gardens is a horticulturist’s dream destination.

Kew Gardens

The rose gardens at Kew are equally special though, encircling three sides of Palm House and planted with more than 6,000 blooms of a host of varieties.

Opening hours

The gardens are open on Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 6.30 pm and from 10 am until 7.30 pm on weekends and bank holidays during the spring/summer months. During September 1st to October 24th, the gardens are open each day from 10 am to 6 pm.

Meanwhile, the gardens are closed to all visitors during the winter period (October 25th to February 16th).

Parking options

All those hoping to visit Kew Gardens by car can make use of the following nearby parking facilities:

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Car Park (0.7 miles, 13 minutes)
  • National Car Parks (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Albany Road Car Park (1.1 miles, 23 minutes)

Travel to Kew Gardens

Situated in Richmond, Kew Gardens is itself not connected to the London Underground network, but several nearby stops are available on the associated London Overground service. These include Kew Gardens, Richmond and Kew Bridge.

Nearby shopping selections

For anyone with a thirst for shopping while visiting Kew, a range of high street retailers can be found in the local area, including such big names as Boots, Waitrose, Argos, Sainsbury’s and more.

Where to eat out

Finding a great place to eat is easy for visitors to Kew Gardens, with a number of excellent restaurants in Richmond and the surrounding area:

  • The Glasshouse (modern European cuisine)
  • Ma Cuisine (traditional French)
  • Kew Grill (steakhouse and burgers)
  • Q Verde (classical Italian)
  • Cafe Mamma Ristorante (traditional, family-run trattoria)
  • Rock & Rose Restaurant (international influences and varied menu)

Hampton Court Palace

Famously the seat of Henry VIII and his many wives, Hampton Court Palace is a breathtaking royal residence that continues to draw thousands of visitors every year.

Hampton Court Palace

The stunning rose gardens are just one of many fabulous public areas that visitors can enjoy during their trip, with a wealth of history to be discovered for all visitors to this beautiful and historic attraction.

Opening hours

The palace and its gardens are open daily to members of the public from 10 am until 6 pm.

Parking options

Visitors planning a trip to Hampton Court Palace by car are well catered for in terms of nearby parking, with options for motorists including:

  • Hampton Court Green Car Park (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
  • Bushy Park Main Car Park (0.9 miles, 18 minutes)
  • Hampton Court Station Car Park (0.3 miles, five minutes)
  • Walton Road Car Park (0.9 miles, 19 minutes)

Travel to Hampton Court Palace

For anyone hoping to avoid the use of a car during their time in London, Hampton Court Palace can be reached by train in around 35 minutes from London Waterloo station, with trains running approximately every half an hour.

In addition, bus services run regularly to this popular attraction making travel easy, although anyone hoping to take the Tube to the palace will be disappointed, as the network does not stretch this far from central London.

Nearby shopping selections

Eden Park Shopping centre is just one of several excellent outlets offering all manner of retail therapy for visitors to the Hampton Court area. Another popular nearby shopping outlet is The Bentall Centre.

A range of high-end retailers can also be found in this sophisticated part of the English capital, with everything from designer clothing available at L K Bennett Kingston, ranging to luxury designer shoes and handbags at Russell & Bromley.

Hampton Court Palace also offers its own shopping area, complete with a range of charming establishments that enable visitors to pick up souvenirs and mementos of their time at the wonderful English attraction.

Where to eat out

Individuals searching for an exemplary dining experience will not be left wanting when it comes to great eateries in the local area, with some great examples including:

  • French Table (imaginative French/Mediterranean dishes)
  • da Lucio restaurant (family-run pizzeria)
  • Cappadocia Restaurant (Turkish)
  • Cocum (south Indian)
  • The Canbury Arms (contemporary British gastropub)
  • Positano (Italian)
  • Stein’s Kingston (chalet-style Bavarian bar and restaurant)
  • La Familia Restaurant – Hampton Hill (tapas and Mediterranean)

Ranger’s House, Greenwich Park

With an array of attractive blooms cultivated to present a perfect display to visitors throughout the year, Ranger’s House prides itself on its impressive rose garden that is sure to leave visitors breathless.

Rangers House, Greenwich Royal Park

A total of 113 varieties of roses are grown in the gardens, which are regularly ranked among the very best in the capital.

Opening hours

Greenwich Park is open daily from 6 am until 9.30 pm, while Ranger’s House welcomes visitors between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Parking options

For anyone hoping to drive into this busy part of London, here are just some of the many parking options that are available:

  • Park Row Car Park (0.3 miles, five minutes)
  • Rodmere Street Car Park (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
  • Blackheath Station Car Park (0.9 miles, 18 minutes)
  • Blackheath Grove Car Park (0.9 miles, 17 minutes)
  • Old Dover Road Car Park (0.7 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Burney Street Car Park (0.2 miles, three minutes)

Travel to Greenwich Park

A number of stops on the Docklands Light Rail network can be found in close proximity to Greenwich Park, these are:

  • Lewisham
  • Elverson Road
  • Deptford Bridge

In addition, traditional rail services can get travellers to this more remote part of London with ease, with local stations including Blackheath, St John’s and Maze Hill.

Nearby shopping selections

Individuals planning an excursion to Ranger’s House can be sure of finding some fantastic retailers in the local area. Indeed, Lewisham Shopping Centre is just a short walk from Greenwich Park and offers a wide selection of high street stores.

Where to eat out

Visitors to Ranger’s House also have a large number of fabulous eateries to choose from when looking for a great place to eat out during their stay in the area:

  • Rivington Grill Greenwich (modern British cuisine with extensive gin menu)
  • Goddards at Greenwich (family run high-end pie and mash)
  • The Hill (Mediterranean dishes with Latin twist)
  • Zaibatsu (Japanese fusion restaurant)
  • Green Pea (modern British)
  • Sticky Wings (American-style wings and burgers)