Nestled in the heart of central London, hidden behind the aptly named Phoenix Theatre, amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, lies a slice of peace and tranquility.
Hidden between buildings in the West End is the Phoenix Garden, a haven for wildlife and locals.
You might recognize the green space from the hit holiday movie, Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding.
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The garden itself is located on a former World War II bombing site, where plants thrive in its urban environment.
Opened to the public in 1986, the oasis is a community garden maintained by local volunteers.
It offers visitors a chance to step back from everyday life and enjoy a quiet break.
Besides offering visitors a place to relax, it is also a hub for flora and fauna.
You’ll find over 15 species of bees, over ten species of birds and home to the West End’s only frogs.
There is also a community building, designed by Gurmeet Sian, which allows the charity to hold events, run volunteer workshops and can also be rented out as a wedding venue.
Previous visitors have praised the garden on TripAdvisor, describing it as an “oasis”.
One person wrote: “A short distance from the Oasis Sports Center is another oasis: Phoenix Garden.
“A former bombing site/parking lot, it was turned into a beautiful garden in the 1980s and I daresay such a move wouldn’t happen today. Long may this place stay as it is so relaxing and expertly landscaped A photo from 2009 reveals a much less lavish situation.
Another said: “Just off Charing Cross Road. A maturing community project that has had more work to do.
“A peaceful and popular area but not overused. Mixture of birds and plants. Nothing formal but imaginatively put together.
A third commented: ‘Probably the best little community garden I’ve been to.
So whether you’re looking for a solo lunch, an after-work jaunt, or want to relive the history of Last Christmas, you’ll find the Phoenix Garden hidden away in the heart of the West End.
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How to get there
The nearest underground stations to the Phoenix Garden are Tottenham Court Road (on the Charing Cross route of the Northern Line), Leicester Square (Northern Line and Piccadilly Line) and Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line).
Address: 21 Stacey St, London WC2H 8DG