Some places just have that certain something. The French have a phrase for it: ‘zat certain sumsing!’ Quirky spots you stumble upon and tell stories about. Lesser known marvels like bonkers bars, rickety restaurants or curious museums where the curator’s cats run wild. It’s not about price or prestige, no, no. It’s all charm and character. Places with personality. That’s a GLP, my friend. Come in and explore, then go out and explore.
London’s oldest botanic garden is a river front oasis founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries’ Garden, with the purpose of training apprentices in identifying the medicinal quality of plants. Noble stuff.
Within this little Garden of Eden, you’ll find such delights as the pond rock garden, completed in 1773 and developed from a variety of rock types, namely stones from the Tower of London and Icelandic lava amongst others. It’s so old it’s even been listed as Grade II and is the oldest rock garden in England on view to the public.
The newest addition is the Garden of Edible and Useful Plants. On display is an extraordinary range of plant species on which humanity depends; from forest fruits and land restoration plants to superfoods and plants used for hygiene, science and the arts. But none are actually meant for public feasting so if you do get peckish, try out the Tangerine Café instead.
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