SECRET LONDON – ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON – ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

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SECRET LONDON – ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl

Welcome to my new post series “Secret London”! I will show you some magical and less known London attractions. Today I want to take you on a journey to an enchanted garden hidden in the ruins of a medieval church. Believe it or not, this beautiful place is hidden right in the middle of the City of London!

St Dunstan in the East was a Church of England parish church on St Dunstan’s Hill, halfway between London Bridge and the Tower of London. Originally built in about 1100, it was severely damaged in 1666 by the Great Fire of London and then in in the Blitz of 1941 during the Second World War. In 1967 the City of London decided to turn the remains into a public garden, which opened in 1971. Designed by the City of London Architects and Parks Departments, it won a Landscape Heritage Award in 1976. Today the gardens and the church ruins are a Grade 1 listed building which means they cannot be destroyed and they are protected from any further development.

This hidden gem has a magical, fairy tale feel to it. Because it’s surrounded by modern London architecture, it feels like you are stepping into a different dimension, very picturesque and frozen in time.

The nearest underground station is Monument. I recommend visiting St Dunstan in the East at weekends when it gets more quiet and eerie. During the weekdays the gardens are a popular lunchtime retreat for City workers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of London. Because who wouldn’t want to spend their lunch break in a magical fairy tale world?

Do you like exploring less popular attractions and discovering some hidden gems? Let me know in the comments below!

Magda

xoxo

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

SECRET LONDON - ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

My outfit:

CHLOÉ buckled boots

ASOS Coat with Oversized Styling

Kenzo x H&M Knitted lambswool jumper

ZARA long ribbed dress

 

 

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34 Responses

  1. Sarah
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    What a fantastic location!

    • Magda
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      Thanks or stopping by Sarah, glad you like it!

  2. Jessica
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    Absolutely amazing pictures, and you look flawless!

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

    • Magda
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      Thanks Jessica!

  3. Tom
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    Lovely and mysterious

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Yes it is very misterious! Thanks for stopping by Tom! 🙂

  4. Deanna
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    Some seriously magical imagery & love that coat!

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thanks Deanna!

  5. Hannah
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    Who would have thought such a beautiful place like that exists in the middle of London. Absolutely stunning.

    • Magda
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      I agree, thanks for stopping by Hannah!

  6. Shweta
    | Reply

    Amazing photos !

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thanks Shweta!

  7. Cris
    | Reply

    Love this post. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend. xoxo Cris
    http://photosbycris.blogspot.com.au/2018/02/noosa-and-byron-bay-with-dresslily.html

    • Magda
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      Thanks Cris, have a great week! xo

  8. Kaari
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    Hi! I so love this! I have always liked places painted by time. The paint falling off in layers… The plants slowly, slowly taking over a place that once belonged to them… It is just beautiful. I will check this place out if I happen to visit London one day:).

    • Magda
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      Glad you like it Kaari, thanks for stopping by!

  9. Lena
    | Reply

    wow! that place is magical!! Great pics too! Can’t wait to visit this place 🙂
    Lena xx
    thefandfclub.blogspot.co.at

    • Magda
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      Thanks for stopping by Lena! xx

  10. Rena
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    Wow, this place is so impressing and I love your classy look!
    With love from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thanks Rena!

  11. Jola
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    Amazing! I need to stop by and check it out. Great photography! Xx

    • Magda
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      Thanks Jola! xx

  12. Melody Valene
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    I’m going to London for the first time in april so that’s awesome to read! Definitely saving it! So so pretty.
    Xo Mel
    http://melodyvalene.com/

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Glad to hear that, thanks for stopping by Mel! xo

  13. Simplement Lui
    | Reply

    Fantastic and stunning pictures of a totally unknown place to me 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/first-anniversarheel/

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

  14. Shelby
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    Lovely, looking forward to more of these! Keep them coming! xx
    https://shelcheck.wordpress.com

    • Magda
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      Glad to hear that, thanks for stopping by Shelby! xx

  15. Freeoversea
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    This place looks so nice, with that ancient touch!
    Lovely photos 🙂

    Sending love,
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

  16. Lorena
    | Reply

    Wow!
    This place looks so magic….
    love the photos so much 🙂

    Greetings!

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thanks Lorena! 🙂

  17. Agness of Fit Travelling
    | Reply

    This church must have been remarkable and outstanding, Magda. I really enjoyed your stunning pictures. The architecture is exceptional.

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

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