This Beautiful Enchanted Woodland Might Be The Most Magical Place In London

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Syon Park‘s Enchanted Woodland is back for 2018, illuminating the trees from November 9.

This gorgeous array of lights and visuals is enough to transport even the most irritated, stressed out Londoner to an enchanted realm of tranquillity. Should you visit west London’s Syon Park from Friday, November 9, you will be taken on a trail through the estate’s 600-year-old gardens, which have been spectacularly transformed with a spectrum of stunning colour. (📸 by @mrshivamkumar)

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The lights illuminate a mile-long path around the lake, ending at the magnificent Great Conservatory. It can take anywhere between thirty minutes and an hour to complete the trail – all depending how snap-happy you’re feeling (and just how chilly you get). (See also: our guide to Christmas at Kew Gardens.)

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All proceeds from The Enchanted Woodland are re-invested directly into the Gardens and Great Conservatory, for any necessary renovations and works. For example, this winter the Great Conservatory will be undergoing another phase of roof works as construction begins on the Cactus House. So, any profits made from November’s event will go towards these ongoing works. (Related: Christmas lights in London and when they switch on.)

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Location: Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF. Head to TfL and enter ‘Syon Park’ as your destination to find your best route.
Opening hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 9 to November 25, 2018. Doors open at 5.00pm and lights are off by 9.00pm. You’ll be asked to pick an entrance time when you book your ticket.
Price: Tickets cost £12 (or £10 on Fridays).
More information: to book, head to their website.

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.