Hiring the Southwood Garden

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A secret garden in the heart of Piccadilly

The garden at St James’s provides a place of quiet and respite in the busy West End of London. For over 200 years, this plot of land was used as a burial ground for the parish. After the war of 1939–45 Viscount Southwood provided money for the ‘green’ churchyard to be made into a garden of remembrance ‘to commemorate the courage and fortitude of the people of London’. The garden was opened in 1946 by Queen Mary.

Today this Green Flag award-winning space is expertly tended by our gardener Catherine, and filled with plants to bring interest throughout the seasons.

There is maximum capacity of 100 people in a total space of 14m x 25m. Access to the garden is through the main entrance gates from Piccadilly. An additional ‘private’ entrance from Jermyn Street can be arranged on request. Unfortunately, there is currently no step free access to the garden area.

Daily hire rates start from £500 for charities.

For more information, please contact our Parish Administrator on 020 7734 4511 or by email below.

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Jamie Oliver filming (2017)

Emily Young Exhibition (2017)