14 Stunning Green Spaces You Won’t Believe Are In London

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London is one of the greenest capitals in the world. And by that we mean we have a lot of green space (although we’re pretty sustainable, too). 40% of the city, or 35,000 acres, is in fact green. So, next time you call London a concrete jungle, leave out the ‘concrete’.


1. Alexandra Park

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Alexandra Park is an award-winning park, just north of the city. Guaranteed to be beautiful, whatever the weather — particularly if you’re lucky enough to catch the sun rising or setting. 


2. Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington

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This garden cemetery is one of seven in London, known as ‘the magnificent seven’ — and it’s also a woodland memorial park and a local Nature Reserve. You can even do a guided walk or take a woodwork course! More info here.


3. Culpeper Community Garden, Islington

A peaceful oasis amongst the buzz and bustle of the city, the Culpeper Community Garden is managed by and for the local people. It’s open 7 days a week and is just a short walk from Angel station.


4. Hill Gardens and Pergola, Hampstead

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This always features on our lists, but how can you blame us? Hill Garden is London’s very own fairytale location, and we urge you all to visit.


5. Isabella Plantation, Richmond

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Full of rare and unusual trees and shrubs, the Isabella Plantation is a beautiful spot set in the depths of Richmond Park. 


6. Primrose Hill

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Always a favourite in our books, Primrose Hill is great for smashing views of the city. (Plus it looks gorgeous in the frost).


7. Ham House and Gardens, Twickenham

Ham House is a dreamy place to go if you want to escape the inner city for a while. Explore magical gardens and immerse yourself in the 17th Century. 


8. Hyde Park

An obvious one, we’ll admit. But there’s no denying that Hyde Park is a top spot for a stroll.


9. Red Cross Garden, Southwark

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Truly in the heart of the city, Red Cross Garden is part of the Bankside Open Spaces Trust. You can stare out at the city from the tranquility of the garden, which was restored to its original Victorian layout back in 2005. 


10. Skip Garden, King’s Cross

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They call it “an urban garden with a twist”; a blooming oasis full of wild flowers, herbs, vegetables, beehives and chicken coops. Everything is made with recycled materials, and it’s run entirely by the hands of the community.


11. St James’s Park

Thanks to this park’s central location, you can enjoy fab views of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye and Horse Guards Parade from The Blue Bridge. Plus there’s lots of birds and squirrels and stuff. 


12. Chiswick House and Gardens

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Explore hidden pathways and a beautiful array of flowers. Chiswick Gardens has inspired some of the most iconic parks and gardens, including Blenheim Palace and Central Park in New York. It’s also where they host the Magical Lantern Festival, which starts on Jan 19. More info here.


13. Dalston Curve Garden

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Built on an old railway line, this garden is yet another community endeavour — filled with trees, shrubs, butterfly bushes and raised beds for growing food! 


14. Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf

Beautiful colours 🍁🍂 #London #autumn #mycanarywharf

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Who’d have thought that you’d find a tropical garden at the top of railway station? Well, if anywhere can do it, London can! You’ll find this paradise above the new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf — the trains aren’t running yet, but it’s a good excuse to get a bit of wildtime.


Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.