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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.