Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelse

Christchurch Greyfriars, St Paul’s JOHN BRACEGIRDLE / Alamy Stock Photo

On the banks of the Thames, the Chelsea Physic Garden was established in 1673, making it London’s oldest botanical garden. The collection of around 5000 different edible and medicinal plants makes the garden not only a beautiful place to visit, but also an educational day out for history buffs. The metropolitan oasis has glasshouses, a woodland garden and even a pond rockery.