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Saint Dunstan in the East Church Garden, London
(4.8/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
Surround yourself with history and a calming garden at Saint Dunstan in the East Church Garden. Although bombed out in World War II, the 12th-century church grounds were converted into a lovely garden teeming with green walkways, native vegetation, and old trees. Step away from the heart of London into the gardens, and admire the remains of the church--including a steeple designed by Christopher Wren at the turn of the 18th century. Look for a plant called winter's bark, whose vitamin C-rich leaves used to be consumed to prevent scurvy. Pack a picnic to get the most from this peaceful setting. Add Saint Dunstan in the East Church Garden and other attractions to your London trip itinerary using our London tour planner.
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  • This is a little hard to find but very doable. It's an ancient site and church with the sad historical significance of the remains of a church that was destroyed from the bombings of WW2. I think it's...  more »
  • I wanted to stop here just to see it. It is beautiful. Much smaller than I imagined but it was a nice peaceful stop along our trip in the area. Very interesting and in good walking distance from the t...  more »
  • Amid the bustle of The City this is an oasis of calm. If you would like to stop and sit for a while, to read or eat your lunch or just contemplate, there is plenty of seating both inside and outside t...  more »
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  • This was such an amazing find! Beautiful small gardens inside the walls of a church ruin. Grass, benches and lovely plants explode out of the box to create a secret hideaway perfect in busy London. Such an interesting, unexpected view both inwards and outwards.
  • I call this place The Secrete place. Beautiful church garden in the middle of the city. What makes it secret is that not that many people know about it :). Great place to relax and enjoy yourself with tranquility.
  • A beautiful oasis in the midst of the financial district. Go early morning for quiet contemplation or midday to people watch the city workers on their lunch breaks.
  • A private corner in the city of London. A quiet enclave set in a destroyed parish. The City of London look down the face of destruction many times over. The Great Fire. The Blitz. St Dunstan-in-the-East is a reminder of those dark times of war and destruction. Destroyed at the Blitz, it was never rebuilt after the war. Today, it’s been turned into a heritage park. St Dunstan-in-the-East was actually built during Medieval times but repaired after the Great Fire, with the addition of the steeple and tower, designed by Christopher Wren. Only these additions survived the Blitz.
  • It's a nice quiet place to go in the city to eat lunch. There are no covered areas so it's not so good when it's raining!