When you’re trooping around Oxford Street, it’s hard to believe that London has it’s picturesque and seemingly rural spots. If you fancy a city break without leaving the city, head to these spots for some pretty-as-a-picture places.
1. Warren Mews, Fitzrovia
In the heart of London you’ll find a secluded area of cobbled streets and cute houses (but, oh boy, they’re costly), where you can catch a moment of peace. The little area is near the enclosed pristine patch of green, Fitrzory Square Garden, and can be reached best from Great Portland Street tube station.
A little bit trickier to get to, but worth the journey south of the river if you want a taste of countryside community. The central pond and surrounding area has a village-like feel. There’s even a farmer’s market every Saturday, held in Essex House Surgery’s carpark (right by the pond). The nearest station is Barnes Station – but even that’s a bit of a walk to the village’s centre!
3. Highgate Village
With plenty of green space and gorgeous 18th Century architecture, Highgate Village is a unique sanctuary within North London. And although it feels like a long way away from Central London when you’re there, you can’t completely forget about the city – perched upon a hill, the views of the capital’s skyline and glorious. Take some time out in the romantic grounds of Highgate Cemetery (pictured above).
4. Clapham Old Town
If you make your way past Clapham’s busy, strip-like High Street, at the other end, on the corner of the Common, you’ll find a hub of vibrant and cutesy restaurants and cafes. Clapham Old Town, notorious for its ‘yummy mummy’ vibes, is a perfect spot for brunching, drinking and al fresco dining in good weather. We’d recommend The Dairy, it serves fantastic cocktails and is an ideal place for people watching.
5. Blackheath, Greenwich
South East of the river and on the outskirts of Greenwich park lies Blackheath. Along with it’s village-like feel, it has some great traditional pubs, as well as a cosy and modern French wine bar, Le Bouchon, on the corner of the park. An ideal place for a glass of vino and a nibble.
6. Little Venice
North of Paddington, Little Venice is a tranquil area of London’s canal. Take a stroll along the waterside and houseboats (you may even want to take a Narrowboat trip towards London Zoo or Camden). For a bite to eat, take a trip to The Summerhouse, situated on the Grand Union Canal.
The vibrant High Street, complete with numerous restaurants, brasseries and bars for pavement dining, is not the only attraction of Chiswick. The beautiful Chiswick House and Gardens, home to an 18th Century Roman-style Palladian villa, is definitely worth considering when you want to take your next sunshine walk. Although there is a cafe within the grounds, visitors are welcome to picnic within the gardens.
8. St Katherine Docks
Within London’s Tower Hamlets, the once commercial docks have now transformed into a primarily residential area. While it lacks thee village-like, picturesque feel, the enclosed harbour is certainly a step away from the hustle bustle and offers a nautical break from the city. For a waterside pint, head to the former brewery The Dickens Inn.
9. Pembridge Mews, Notting Hill
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The whole of Notting Hill is a pretty site to behold, but the tucked away Pembridge Mews flaunt some particularly picturesque houses. Think pastel colours, wisteria covered walls and cobbled roads. Worth having a nosey down.
10. Hampstead Village
Another North London hilltop hideaway, offering unbeatable city views of the city, Hampstead – also aptly known as Hampstead Village – has understated and rural air. If you’re a fan of antiques and boutique shops, as well as cute cafes and ambling down narrow streets, then take spend your next day off up ‘North’.
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