Friday, 17 April 2015

Cannizaro Park: Wimbledon's Best Kept Secret

If you are not a Wimbledon resident, 
chances are you don't know about the existence 
of one of London's most lovely gardens 
with a strange Italian name.

Cannizaro Park.

A Mum in London

Cannizaro Park was named after the Duke of Cannizaro, 
who once owned the magnificent house and its gardens. 

The 18th century house has a rich history 
having hosted famous writers,
 like Oscar Wilde and Henry James,
and royalty {King George III used to take his breakfast there}.

The Cannizaro house is now a hotel and restaurant, 
with a lovely cafe overlooking the gardens 
{perfect for a summer brunch with the family}.

A Mum in London

The Grade II listed Park,  
which boasts a rare collection of plants, 
became a public park and first opened for the public in 1949. 

It covers 35 acres and has several pathways 
for everyone to enjoy the park 
{some of them are buggy/wheelchair accessible}.

What is stunning is the variety 
of different areas and gardens within Cannizaro Park:  
the wild woodland, the manicured Italian gardens, 
the herb garden, the pond, the meadow. 

A Mum in London

Cannizaro Park is the perfect place 
for escaping London within London,  
and for enjoying nature in all its glory.

Head there on a warm spring day, 
have a big walk to see the trees and blooming azaleas, 
and then lay a picnic blanket on the lawn. 

I can assure you, 
life can't get any brighter than that!


Cannizaro Park, West Side Common, Wimbledon, SW19 - nearest Tube station is Wimbledon.
Open all year round from 08:00 to dusk.
Free entrance.

2 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous place. We lived just up the road from Wimbledon in Teddington for years and have never heard of this park...

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    1. I know! I've been living 5 minutes from it and just discovered it!

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