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The London Underground station that looks more like a garden center than a tube stop

By Vaseline May31,2024

The London Underground may not be the first place you think of when you think of natural beauty. It is often associated with dirt, gloom and delays.

However, recent initiatives are starting to change this perception, transforming the commute for many Londoners. You may have noticed that some metro stations are surprisingly attractive, and some even have their own gardens.

One such station is South Kensington on the Piccadilly, District and Circle lines, which has an award-winning garden right on the platform. It feels more like a garden center than a bustling transport hub.

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South Kensington’s dedicated staff have worked tirelessly to create a beautiful garden that can be admired from both the train carriage and the platform.

During the summer months the flowers burst into bloom, creating a lush green oasis in the heart of the city. The garden is so enchanting that it’s easy to forget that you’re standing on a tube station in central London.

You’ll find this urban Eden on the east side of the above-ground platform, where flowers spring from watering cans and you might even encounter a gnome or two.

South Kensington is not the only station with its own ‘garden’. In our busy lives we often don’t take the time to stop and ‘smell the flowers’, literally.

The tradition of station gardens goes back more than a century, with the first official garden appearing at a London Underground station. Nowadays, Transport for London even organizes an annual ‘In Bloom’ competition.

The competition is an opportunity for station teams with a bit of gardening talent to show their creative side. You’d be surprised what plants you can sprout in old tires, discarded food delivery crates, and even empty mayonnaise jars.

Quoting The Guardian: “The District Railway Company started the competition as early as 1910. Staff were given money to buy seeds and encouraged to grow plants. The plantings were more formal (early winners included St James’s Park, Ealing Common and Ealing Broadway), but according to Train Omnibus Tram magazine, in 1925 there were thirty small gardens scattered along the railroad.

So during your next daily grind on the rails, why not stop running around and take a moment to admire these platform gardens?

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