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Garden Museum, London

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  • Visited with my mother in law who is a very keen and knowledgeable gardener. Reading other reviews I think we visited at a time when there was a gap between temporary exhibits as there was virtually n...  more »
  • A place for professionals and gardening enthusiasts. Despite the specificity of the topic also here were elementary school children in an educational tour, history of urban gardening in new age design tools and blueprints. Old church place beside tombs, patio of the Museum. If you have graves, it is interesting to see the family grave stones with the names of the children and the age in which some cylinders is measured in days, although the parents lived over 60 years, has ilschim to die in the 19th century and earlier.
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  • Delicious homemade food in modern bright environment - great upgrade from the old setting. Well worth a trip  more »
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  • Got to admit I was looking forward to the relaunch of the museum/cafe after a year of refurbishment, and I'm a bit unsure about it now. I only went to the cafe (not to the museum) and I was a bit disappointed. The service was exceptional and very friendly. No fault in that respect, waitresses were absolutely lovely. But the atmosphere... I think it was lovely and charming before, from the quality and the way food/home-made cakes were displayed to the tables scattered around the garden. Although I do like the idea of the big windows facing the garden (lots of light and it immerses a covered restaurant inside the garden without being exposed to the weather) I think it's lost the charm. It sort of feels more like a university canteen now. The way it was before, you had to walk through the church and access the garden at the back, with the garden walls surrounding you and the little tables; it made you feel like you were in a little secluded piece of paradise in the middle of London. Now it feels a bit too cold and has lost that charm. The warm welcome made up for this, but I'm not entirely convinced about the rest. Just hope there will still be tables outside on the open air on sunny days, that's probably what I was missing the most, and to be fair it was rainy and cold yesterday, so that's not fair on them. Although the menu was delicious, I missed the diversity of home-made cakes, and the previous display, it was nice to see the quiches/salads/soups/etc. when ordering them. I'm sure I'll feel differently on a sunnier day, and it was only their first day open so I'm sure it'll improve over time. Again, the smiley, friendly, attentive service really made up for all of this.
  • Some of the best food I have had in London. Lovely setting, great atmosphere and food to match. Octopus starter was superb and the pasta for main was just as good. Looking forward to going back.
  • What an unusual museum didn't leave enough time to enjoy it fully, nice cafe which you can access without going into museum, rather expensive and charges extra to go up the tower. Interesting if you like gardens etc
  • I agree with Sarah and Lisa's reviews. As far as being a museum, there is actually very little content on the history of gardens, garden design, what gardens were like in the past, how they evolved to be the way they are today, how plants were imported and cultivated, what gardens are like in other countries and other soils etc. In other words, a massive lack of content on the very basics of what a 'garden' museum would expect to be about. There are a few displays of garden implements over time, and a little section on design, but this just proves the point: it's a very poor effort for a museum that's just had such a big makeover, and these parts of the museum need a massive overhaul and expansion. The Church space feels mostly empty and, in general, under-utilised. As for the cafe, it does look nice, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. However many items were missing from the menu, and we literally watched the chef Googling on his phone and asking other staff how to construct an Eton Mess. The Mackerel I ordered was overcooked/dry and came with just 4 tiny cubes of potato and a few bits of green on top on a plate so small (not even a dinner plate) that the head and tail hung off the sides. That was not good value, and certainly could have had more potato. And neither was the salad, which was a few boring and completely uninspiring green leaves on a plate with a few pieces of sliced courgette. No colour, no thought about different salad vegetables, and very small. It would be so easy to improve these offerings. Overall, there's work to be done here, but it wouldn't really take a lot to turn it around - just a bit of knowledge and expertise about garden history and some effort creating exhibits to convey it.
  • I expected more. It was very simple and small. The ticket also was expensive for almost nothing.
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