After our recent dragon safari excursion in London, we were in search of food and drink when we stumbled upon the most incredible secret garden. St Dunstan-in-the-East sits in the heart of the City of London. It is a medieval church, originally built in the 12th century. It has been damaged and restored a few times in its long history, but the most significant damage came during the Blitz when the church was almost completely destroyed. Instead of being rebuilt, the ruins of the church were turn into an amazing garden.
It was so lovely to wander around this garden; it felt like a magical medieval place that belongs in a fairytale. Moss and ivy cover large parts of the walls of the ruins, with plenty of tall plane trees offering shade. The garden is surrounded by modern apartment and office buildings – the coexistence of medieval, Victorian, and modern structures being basically the norm in the City – which feels slightly surreal.
I would highly recommend a visit to the garden of St Dunstan-in-the-East. It is such a serene place, truly a sanctuary among the crazy fast pace of London. I’m sure it would be a wonderful location to have lunch and maybe a spot of reading to break a long day of sightseeing. What was your latest accidental discovery? Do you have favourite hidden spots?