St. Dunstan in the East Church Garden, London

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Surround yourself with history and a calming garden at St. 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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, London holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the St. Dunstan in the East Church Garden and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A hidden treasure in London! A beautiful little park that breathes peace and quiet. A great place to take great photos.  more »
  • A haven of peace to take a snack to calm... few tourists mostly locals coming to lunch in peace! We love we love we love!
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  • Great to see how nature conquers back. Only sad thing was that you can't go inside but you can still geht great shots from outside the fence.  more »
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  • Really pretty garden. Church was destroyed in WWII and the city turned it into a green space instead of tearing it down. Very nice and surprisingly quiet. If you don't pay attention, you just might miss it.
  • Beautiful secret garden in the middle of central London. Me & my boyfriend took sandwich's and a coffee, and enjoyed our lunch peacefully in the gorgeous surroundings. This Church was turned into a garden when it was bombed in World War 2, it is well kept and has won many awards. It was extremely quiet (2 other small groups of visitors on a Saturday at 13:30), so the perfect place to relax outdoors after a busy morning of sight seeing!
  • A small piece of beauty of serenity in the middle of the city. You would never know it was there. A must see!
  • Really beautiful and peaceful little place just 400m away from the tower of London. It's worth a visite
  • Nice old church to sit around on lunch break. Really busy when it's hot

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