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Seething Lane Gardens

In the 17th century the Navy Office occupied this site until it relocated to Somerset House in 1786.

Diarist, Samuel Pepys, made his name as a naval administrator at the Navy Office. He and his wife Elizabeth lived in a house here.

It was also here, between 1660 and 1669, that Pepys kept his diary which today provides us with a first-hand account of living through the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Seething Lane gardens were developed mid twentieth century but have only looked as they do now since 2018. The site is situated at the rear of 10 Trinity Square, the former headquarters of the Port of London Authority.

In 2012 the former gardens were closed to allow for the restoration of 10 Trinity Square and once the building was complete and ready to open as a Four Seasons hotel, the gardens were redesigned and reopened in 2018.

It is a beautiful garden including a mix of raised beds with some wonderful planting, a pristine lawn, paths that wind through the full length of the site and plenty of wooden benches for you to sit and enjoy the space.

The sculpture of Samuel Pepys, by Anglo Swede Karin Johnson, has returned to the site and is sitting on a new plinth. There are pavilions at each end which provide vehicle access and exit to the hotel’s underground car park and the southern pavilion hosts a number of climbing plants on its external walls.

As if all of that were not enough, you can find a series of paving stones set into the paths with carvings that recall events in the life of Samuel Pepys.

Amongst them is the surgeon’s forceps that held the bladder stone that was removed from Samuel Pepys following an operation. Another stone depicts a parmesan cheese which Pepys buried in his garden during the Great Fire.

Seething Lane Garden
Seething Lane Garden
Seething Lane Garden
Seething Lane Garden