There is a hidden garden space right in the middle of London that you may not have heard of!
St Dunstan-in-the-East was a Church of England parish church built in 1100 on St Dunstan's hill between the London Bridge and Tower of London. The church was bombed and the ruins were made into a whimsical scene. The City of London Architects and Parks Department planted wall chrubs and climbers along with a fountain. Occasionally, open air church services are held here!
I stumbled upon this through my travel planning. I can't exactly explain what about ruins grabs me. Maybe because there is so much unknown history living in the walls? Maybe it's my curiosity that really wants to know what happened here. Or maybe because I am a visual person, my imagination takes me back to how the space may have been used so many years ago. This small space really reminded me of the abbey ruins at the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Why make this a stop on your London trip?
Walking into the middle of the park, it almost makes you forget that you are in London. Sit on one of the benches in the middle of the park and just admire the scenery. The London city noise seems to disappear and you are able to enjoy a few moments of peace and admiration for its history.
Where exactly can you find these ruins? Here is a map for reference:
Have you been? What did you think of it?