Hidden behind the noisy Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue, 10 minutes away from Neal’s Yard, Phoenix Garden is another of those London’s secret places – and an Eden for urban wildlife. This tiny community garden, managed by volunteers, is an entanglement of plants, trees and flowers that seem to have grown out of control.
Phoenix Garden is open all year round from 8 to dawn.
Phoenix Garden’s Website
Nearest Tube Station: Tottenham Court Road
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In the heart of the West End, 5 minutes away from Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a tiny hidden square that looks more Californian than British.
It is accessible via a small tunnel from Soho’s Monmouth Street. Though it is not always easy to find it at first – I was myself taken there by a friend – it is a rewarding discovery. Away from the noise of the city’s traffic, it’s a friendly place with multi-coloured houses and small plants. It hosts two cafés (belonging, it seems, to the same company) that serves what seems to be Brasilian organic food (maybe a little too organic to my taste) and fresh fruit juices and welcomes a mostly English clientele.
Nearest Tube station: Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road