The Queen has officially opened the renovated Jubilee Gardens in central London, named after and completed in time for her Diamond Jubilee this summer
Designed by West 8, the gardens are on a prime spot on the south bank of the Thames, with views towards the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Originally created for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 but subsequently neglected, they have been entirely rethought at a cost of £5 million, made possible by the support of the Jubilee Gardens Trust, an alliance of local landowners, business and community organisations.
The gardens have wide white granite pathways to accommodate informal gatherings. They wind through the gently undulating land, planted with lush green grass, bright flower beds and traditional park trees – oaks, beech and lime.