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Smithfield Rotunda Garden

Statue at West Smithfield Rotunda Garden

Address

West Smithfield
London
EC1A 9DY

Contact us

​020 7374 4127

Accessibility

Level access and circular route available around the garden.

Opening hours

​Open from dawn to dusk everyday including weekends.

Opened and closed by the Smithfield Market Constabulary.

A distinctive circular garden with a gruesome history, adjacent to the famous Smithfield Meat Market.

Parking info and travel links

Nearest tube: Farringdon or Barbican

Plan your journey using the TfL journey planner.

Where to park in the City of London

About Smithfield Rotunda Garden

Summer art installation and events

Please note that there will be a temporary installation and programme of events in the Smithfield Rotunda Garden between 18 May and 29 September 2019.

The City of London Corporation and Culture Mile are working with Wayward to deliver House of Wayward Plants: The Smithfield Greenhouse, as part of the summer Play the Mile programme.

For more information or about the artwork or events this summer please visit Culture Mile website or email City Public Realm Team.

History

In the Middle Ages Smithfield Rotunda – or Smooth Field as it was known – was a grim place of public execution. Heretics, rebels and criminals were burnt, beheaded or boiled and in 1305 Scottish hero William Wallace was hanged, drawn and quartered here after being dragged to the site by a horse. In 1381 Wat Tyler, leader of the Peasants’ revolt, gathered his army in Smithfield and was stabbed by the Lord Mayor of London. The injured Tyler was taken to hospital at St. Bartholomew’s Church, but dragged out again and beheaded. Many religious martyrs were also executed at West Smithfield, including more than 200 Protestants who were burnt at the stake during Queen Mary's reign in the 1550s. But despite its gruesome past, Smithfield Rotunda has been a peaceful public open space for 137 years.

Events and green space hire

Find out how to host your event or hire a space at Smithfield Rotunda Garden.

Guidelines for filming and photography

Anyone wishing to use Smithfield Rotunda Garden 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.


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