Jellicoe Gardens

The quiet retreat inspired by Persian garden traditions

Stroll along Lewis Cubitt Walk and tucked behind the Aga Khan Centre, you’ll find Jellicoe Gardens. Light, shadow and water come together in this newly opened garden to create a tranquil, reflective space. 

The gardens pay tribute to Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1990-1996), the renowned architect and garden designer. A Camden resident, Sir Geoffrey was a founding member of the Landscape Institute and campaigned to save St Pancras Station in the 1960s.

Persian Influence

At the central point of the garden stands a tall, open pavilion surrounded by oriental plane trees. The pavilion takes inspiration from the lofty columned canopies that formed the entrances to traditional Persian garden palaces.

From the pavilion, water flows through a narrow rill to either end.


Children playing in the water feature, Jellico Gardens, King's Cross
Planting at Jellico Gardens, King's Cross

Relax in nature

In contrast to the formal layout, the planting has a wild, meadow-like quality with swathes of colour and texture. Highly scented and nectar-rich, the planting provides an attractive habitat for birds and insects year-round.

To the south, small paths dotted with benches invite visitors to slow down and take in the surroundings.



Inspired by Bagh-e Fin

Jellicoe Gardens is based on the design of Bagh-e Fin, with its pavilions, elegant pools and perfect symmetrical proportions. Created in the 16th century, the Bagh-e Fin garden still stands in modern-day Iran, and is considered the most iconic of all surviving Persian gardens.

Jellico Gardens was created in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network and is one of a series of Islamic inspired gardens at King’s Cross. You can find out more about the gardens at the Aga Khan Centre website.

Planting at Jellico Gardens, King's Cross
Jellico Gardens, King's Cross
Fountain detail, Jellico Gardens, King's Cross


Lewis Cubitt Walk
London N1C 4DF

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