Explore Gardens South

Escape the bustle of London with a stroll around the gardens. To the South, relax in our award-winning café and explore our playground.
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Our café was designed by award-winning architects Caruso St.John. It provides a relaxing modern space to relax and enjoy the Estate.

Come and sample our delicious daily menu, from hearty breakfasts to light lunches, snacks and mouth-watering puddings and cakes. On a summer evening, enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace as the sun goes down.

Architectural History

Beneath the café building, archaeologists discovered the well- preserved footings of the17th-century stables and a large brick vaulted cellar.

Adventure playground

Our playground welcomes families and younger children with a range of adventure play equipment. Burn off some energy and explore the wildlife-themed games, or take your turn on one of our rocking sphinxes!

Chiswick House and Gardens Trust is fundraising for new play equipment for the children’s play area next to the Chiswick House Café. The current equipment is sadly getting past its prime. Any new equipment is subject to the success of some grant applications and community fundraising, but the Trust is optimistic and excited about the prospect of developing a more engaging, inspiring and interactive space to play for children and their families.

For more information on the project please visit the fundraising page here.


One of the later additions to Lord Burlington’s garden, erected about 1738, the Cascade, an entrancing waterfall descending a series of rock steps through three archways, was probably designed by William Kent and inspired by designs Burlington and Kent had seen in Italian Renaissance gardens.

Recent restoration

With thanks to a recent donation from the Chiswick House Friends we are delighted that the Cascade has been restored to its former 18th century splendour. We thank them for their ongoing support. February 2020

Raised Terrace

The ‘Raised Terrace’ was constructed from the soil excavated when the lake was deepened, widened and the edges made less regular. The terrace was planted with all manner of sweet shrubs including roses and honeysuckle, and afforded visitors spectacular views across the meadows, over the Thames, to the pagoda in Kew Gardens.

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