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Festival Gardens

Spring at Festival Gardens

​Cannon Street, London EC4M 9AD

Opening hours

Open all year 24 hours a day.

Getting there

Nearest tube: St Paul's or Mansion House

Find this garden using Google Maps

Plan your journey using the TfL journey planner.


About this garden

These award winning gardens surround the magnificent St Paul's Cathedral in the heart of the City. They include the nearby Queen's Diamond Jubilee Garden and Carter Lane Garden.


Festival Gardens was created in 1951 by Sir Albert Richardson as part of the City of London Corporation's contribution to the Festival of Britain. The immediate area surrounding St Paul's was originally a confined network streets much like elsewhere in the City. As a result of damage and redevelopment following the war the surrounding area was opened up with the original layout of the roads and buildings influencing the layout of the garden you see today.

The formal layout of the garden features a sunken lawn with wall fountain, which was a gift of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. The west of the garden features the sculpture 'The Young Lovers' by Georg Ehrlich which was erected in 1973. Festival Gardens was once the site of Cordwainers Hall, home to the shoemakers that practiced their trade in the City. Several halls were destroyed and rebuilt over time with the last one destroyed at this site during the Blitz in 1941.

Events and green space hire

Find out how to host your event or hire a space at Festival Gardens.

Guidelines for filming and photography

Anyone wishing to use Festival Gardens for filming or photoshoots should seek permission first and pay the appropriate fee. Individuals are welcome to take photographs for their own use.

Please see the Filming in the City pages for more information, and apply directly with Film App.
For wedding and lifestyle photography please see the events and green space hire page.

23 February 2016
Last Modified:
20 August 2019