The City Garden

A rural idyll in urban East London

The City GardenFields of neat rows of vegetables; shimmering glasshouses; a market-gardener tending his crops. It doesn't sound like Hackney, but this is the scene depicted in a mural that can be found on the busy Kingsland Road, just a short distance from the Geffrye Museum.

The mural was painted in 1981 by staff & pupils from Randal Cremer & Shoreditch schools, working with Free Form Arts Trust.

We are currently researching the history of this mural. If you can help, please do get in touch.


The mural is in a very poor state of repair: paint is peeling and faded; mosaic and mirror tiles and wooden battens are missing; in places, the render is blown or fallen away. In places, the wall has been re-rendered, but the mural has not been re-painted.

Have we missed something?

If you know something about this mural that we have missed the please get in touch.

This mural is under threat

Where to find it

199 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E2 8AN

Turn right out of Hoxton station to head north along Geffrye Street - the rear of the Geffrye Museum will be on your left. At Pearson Street turn left. On reaching Kingsland Road look diagonally across the road to the right. The mural is on the south elevation of the end of the row of shops.
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8 m x 16 m Person for scale


  • Paint: Paint Tile: Mosaic Tile: Mirror tile


  • Arts Council
  • Hackney Council - Housing
  • Hackney Council - Planning

How to get there

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