Posted by: offmotorway | June 3, 2010

A Hidden London gem – Cannizaro Park, House and Festival

Cannizaro House and Park

Cannizaro House and Park

Wimbledon in west London is the place to be in June and July.  But here at Hidden London we avoid the obvious, so instead of a certain tennis tournament and murray-mania, we’re thinking about Cannizaro Park.

The park sits on the west side of Wimbledon Common, a few minutes from Wimbledon village.  There are 34 acres of formal gardens, secret nooks and open spaces.  The gardens are filled with rare plants and at this time of year the azaleas are stunning.  If you fancy some peace and quiet, try the Dutch garden near the main house or the retreat in the furthest corner.  The Friends of Cannizaro Park have a new book out, which tells the full story of this wonderful place.

Mica Paris at Cannizaro Festival

Mica Paris

From 2 – 17th July the Italian gardens in the park host the annual Cannizaro Festival, which this year features performances from Mica Paris, Liane Carrol, Roger Chapman, Eddie Jordan (yes, the F1 Eddie Jordan!) with an all star band and the Comic Strip, evenings of South African jazz, opera and soul, as well as tribute acts to Elvis, Abba and Motown.

Cannizaro Park was originally the gardens of Cannizaro House, now a gorgeous hotel with restaurant, lounge and terrace, where you can enjoy a cream tea or sip cocktails after a walk around the park.  The terrace is fabulous in the summer, but the lounge in winter is one of the best places in London to warm up over an Irish coffee next to an open log fire!

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