Christchurch Greyfriars, St Paul’s

PHPYD8 Bombed-out ruins and remains of St Dunstan-in-the-East parish church on St Dunstan's Hill, London, EC3, U.K.Benjamin John / Alamy Stock Photo

A short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral, this garden is on the site of a Franciscan church destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. It was replaced by a church designed by architect Christopher Wren in 1704, which was also destroyed by an incendiary bomb in 1940, leaving only the tower standing. Nowadays visitors can envision the original structure with the help of creative planting including a rose garden representing pillars, box-edged beds for the pews and an avenue of trees mimicking the position of the nave.