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Day 1: NewgateSt and King Edward St, EC1 Overnight: London
A stone's throw from St Paul's Cathedral, this peculiar little rose garden is contained within the bombed-out walls of a derelict church.This was the site of a Franciscan monastery in the Middle Ages. Four Queens chose to be buried in the church before it was burned down in the Great Fire. Christopher Wren soon set to work on a new church, which was completed in 1704. But German bombs destroyed Wren's handiwork in 1940, leaving only the west tower standing. This small rose garden matches the floor plan of Wren's church: on either side of the central aisle are hedges and flowerbeds where the pews once stood; the ten wooden towers covered with climbing roses and clematis represent the pillars which held up the roof.