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Festival Gardens

Spring at Festival Gardens

Festival Gardens, New Change/Cannon Street, EC4M

Opening hours

Open all year 24 hours a day.

Getting there

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Facilities

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Where to park in the City of London.

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.

History

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.

Published:
23 February 2016
Last Modified:
04 September 2017

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