Recently, tucked away in the City of London I came across this.
This garden is on the site of the former churchyard and church of St John Zachary (who I believe was John the Baptist) a parish church destroed by the fire of London in 1666. There is a link with the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (I think they owned land hereabouts) and had a livery hall destroyed in the blitz. This garden was laid out shortly afterwards and redesigned in the mid 1990s. I don't know but I am guessing that the gold cat on the gates is something to do with the Goldsmiths. Anyone know?
Anyway, I think it is rather lovely.
And failing that there is always Clive Hicks-Jenkins and some of the other blogs I follow to keep the spirit raised.