Sometimes, inspiration can lie in the most unlikely places. About 200yds from the Bankside office area we occupy I discovered a ‘secret’ garden that feels like it’s a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the the South Bank.  Tucked behind some railway arches and behind an overgrown car park, the pop-up Union Street Urban Orchard is a magical space full of fruit trees and flowers and even garden sheds full of seeds to plant and share.

There’s an upturned skip that become a table tennis table (Ping Pong is having something of a moment in London right now…)

…and  even somewhere to make tea or coffee with an honest box to pay up. Love that!

Sadly, this will all close on the 19th September (that’s the thing about pop-ups) so I’m on the hunt for another secret space for lunchtime musings and inspiration. I may just have found it…

…at the All Hallows church garden round the corner next to the deconsecrated church.

There’s even a campaign to keep the garden going, so I’ve already joined up. Long live urban gardens! Carmel – acting editor

For more great images of urban gardens, check out House To

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