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Phoenix Garden

Photograph © Pete Duxon
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Photograph © Pete Duxon
Photograph © Pete Duxon
Photograph © Pete Duxon

The east side of Stacey Street, Covent Garden was bombed in the Second World War. After being used as a car park, negotiations began in 1981 to convert the land into a community garden. It is managed by residents of the surrounding flats, working as volunteers. It has survived under difficult circumstances and is a pleasure to visit. The manner of its creation has given it a fresh and light-hearted character, not at all like that of a 'typical London park'. In 1985, the gardens won a Shell Better Britain Campaign Award. The garden was officially opened in 1986 by the local MP at the time, Frank Dobson. It is interesting to remember that Covent Garden was the garden of Westminster Abbey. The garden has been planted with a focus on ecology and habitat creation and has won the Best Environmental Garden in Camden in Bloom every year since 2004.

Phoenix Garden is on the London Gardens Walk and included in the eBook guide to the London Gardens Walk

21 Stacey Street, St. Giles, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 8DG

All year. Daily. Open dawn to dusk.


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  • over 5 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    A truly wonderful garden. Full of colour and interest. I love the ponds and the goldfish!
  • over 5 years by Donna Schwarz-Nielsen 5 / 5

    Wonderful gem.
    We stumbled on the garden by chance and enjoyed every moment. Lots of photo opportunities too.
    To everyone who manages the garden - well done!
    It's appreciated. :)
  • over 5 years by Tim B 4 / 5

    The transformation of this garden over the last 4 or 5 years has been incredible.

    It is now well and truly a little garden sanctuary right in the heart of the West End, the perfect place to go and chill out on a lunch break or on a warmer summers evening.
  • over 5 years by cs 5 / 5

    I love this place. Love that they have community events - my favourite was easter, watching the little 'uns run around the garden finding eggs, and face painting. A tranquil space, and clearly well loved and looked after.

    I think you can hire the space aswell, which is good to know about - and interesting wedding venue , possibly?
  • over 5 years by David Tse 5 / 5

    A small, natural sanctuary in the concrete jungle. Wonderful!

    Wish it was bigger and had no bars (unlikely, given ppl's general lack of respect / dishonesty!). A perfect example to urban planners. We in the city need to keep in touch with the natural world.
  • over 5 years by pablo p. 5 / 5

    I descovered the park two years ago and was immediately enchanted by it.

    One feels that the plants are carefully chosen and yet there is a wild atmosphere about the garden, the birds are abundant, the benches strategically placed and if you listen carefully you can almost hear the ferns unfold their leaves to reach your feet!

    Lovely gardens and great job by the volunteers. keep the green heart beating in the city!
  • over 5 years by David 5 / 5

    Phoenix Garden is a real refuge in the West End. It is an amazing place given its small size and location with frogs, dragonflies, cherries and many flowers. It is a great place to relax in the afternoon and imagine you are no longer in London.
  • over 5 years by Jessica Skippon 5 / 5

    Sixteen years on from opening, Frank Dobson is still our MP and Phoenix Garden is still a lovely refuge in the centre of chaos.

    It is lovely having the Garden as a place to stop in when I've got a few minutes. Always good for gardening ideas, and brilliant for the hardy plants that thrive, especially the bananas!

  • over 5 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    I love the Phoenix Garden, it's a beautiful tranquil place in the centre of town. It has breeding populations of all types of birds and lots of insects too. They had a really great event last year which was their 2nd Agricultural Show. This was great fun with bellringing, Morris Dancing, Punch & Judy, a Wl cake stall and visiting farm animals. They open and are part of Open Squares too in the summer.
  • over 5 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Gorgeous and natural place to sit in the middle of the busy West End, that gives you a taste of the countryside by its range of wild plants and wildlife.

    Highly recommended.
  • over 5 years by Raymond Yiu 5 / 5

    I have been visiting the Phoenix Garden for years, and its beauty has never failed to enchant me. Situated in the middle of St. Giles, it is a beautiful and peaceful place to get away to amid the madness of Soho, Covent Garden and surrounding areas. And I love to see the frogs in the spring.
  • over 5 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    The Phoenix Garden is a delightful respite from Covent Garden or Soho. It has plenty of seating places, and an array of genuinely interesting plants - native and exotic. There are also two small ponds and a larger one.

    They have a range of wildlife - by good fortune I saw a sparrowhawk pounce on a mouse while I was there. I gather they also have a population of frogs.

    A charming place, with lots of interest - I highly recommend it.
  • almost 6 years by Pete 2 / 5

    I'm not sure if I'm being unfair or overly generous with my rating.

    a small city garden in the heart of London's westend.

    The garden is unashamedly a wildlife garden. Nettles are not discouraged here but are seen as a part of nature. it definitely has a wild feel. plenty of bees, ovipositing damselflies and the westend's only frogs!

    plenty of seating. an oasis of calm in a hectic city

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