The next time someone tries to tell you that London is a concrete jungle, hit ’em with this knowledge bomb: some 47% of the city is in fact dedicated to parks and green spaces. They make our fair city one of the greenest capitals in the world, and we’ve been on the hunt for the most picturesque spots in the city. If you’re also looking for a nearby bit of greenery to plonk yourself down in the spring, here are 15 of the most stunning green spaces in London.
1. Alexandra Park, Haringey
Alexandra Park is an award-winning park in north London, and is best known as the home of Alexandra Palace. The winding paths and views over the city mean this place is guaranteed to be beautiful, whatever the weather—particularly if you’re lucky enough to catch the sun rising or setting. In the warmer months, Alexandra Palace’s The Terrace offers incredible panoramic views of London.
📍 Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY.
🚇 Nearest stations are Alexandra Palace Station or Wood Green.
2. Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington
This garden cemetery is one of seven Victorian examples in London, collectively known as ‘the magnificent seven’. It’s also a woodland memorial park and a local Nature Reserve. Abney Park Cemetery is a simply stunning place, no matter the weather!
📍 Abney Park, 215 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH.
🚇 Nearest station is Stoke Newington.
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. But it’s also open to the public to enjoy a gorgeous slice of greenery and a variety of plant-life right in the middle of one of London’s most popular areas.
📍 1 Cloudesley Road, N1 0EJ.
🚇 Nearest station is Angel.
4. Hill Garden and Pergola, Hampstead
This always features on our lists, but how can you blame us? The Hill Garden began life as a Victorian folly, but have since become London’s very own fairytale location. Honestly, it’s a beautiful example of just how stunning London’s green spaces are.
📍 The Pergola, Inverforth Close, NW3 7EX.
🚇 Nearest stations are Golder’s Green or Hampstead.
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. It’s a green space for most of the year, but in April & May, the azaleas bloom and Isabella Plantation becomes a perfect pink paradise. It’s a great place in the spring for flower-spotting and perfectly pretty photo-shoots with a background of blooms.
📍 Richmond Park, TW10 5HS.
🚇 Nearest station is Norbiton.
6. Primrose Hill, Camden
Always a favourite in our books, Primrose Hill is great for smashing views of the city. Meanwhile, wintertime sees it looking gorgeous under a blanket of frost. It’s also bordered by some of London’s prettiest streets where you’ll find some of the world-famous colourful houses. Be sure not to miss a sunset from this vantage point, where the colours in the sky are simply stunning.
📍 Part of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill Road, NW1 4NR.
🚇 Nearest station is Chalk Farm.
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. Set by the river, the vast property provides a quiet escape as you wander around the grounds and dream of owning a property as big as this. Be sure not to miss the nearby Strawberry Hill House & Garden when you visit.
📍 Ham Street, Ham, Richmond TW10 7RS.
🚇 Nearest station is Twickenham.
8. Kyoto Garden, Kensington
The charming Kyoto Garden is nestled inside Kensington’s Holland Park and even features a roaming muster of peacocks (yes, that is the collective noun for a group of peacocks, just in case you were wondering). It’s an unexpected slice of Japanese zen that was originally built to celebrate the 1992 Japan Festival in London.
📍 Holland Park, Holland Park Avenue, W11 4UA
🚇 Nearest station is Holland Park.
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 tranquillity of the garden, which was restored to its original Victorian layout back in 2005.
📍 Red Cross Garden, 50 Redcross Way, SE1 1HA.
🚇 Nearest station is Borough.
10. The Story Garden, King’s Cross
The Story Garden is more than just one of the many gorgeous green spaces of London. It’s also an important community feature. The garden transformed “a large empty concrete car park into a place where food and nature is grown, stories are shared, heard and told, new ways of knowing are found and communities are created”. Hidden behind the British Library, they host a number of workshops and special events throughout the year.
📍 Story Garden, Ossulston Street, London NW1 1DF
🚇 Nearest station is King’s Cross St. Pancras.
11. St James’s Park, St James’s
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. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including the park’s famous pelicans.
📍 St James’s Park, SW1A 2BJ.
🚇 Nearest station is St. James’ Park.
12. Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick
Blessed with hidden pathways and a beautiful array of flowers, Chiswick Gardens has inspired some of the most iconic parks and gardens, including Blenheim Palace and New York’s Central Park. They’ve got everything from manicured, carefully designed gardens to gorgeous tree-lined walkways. A stroll among the greenery here makes it clear why it’s been so influential!
📍 Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London W4 2RP.
🚇 Nearest station is Chiswick.
13. Dalston Curve Garden, Dalston
Built on an old railway line, this garden is yet another community endeavour. It’s filled with trees, shrubs, butterfly bushes, floral delights, and plenty more. Head in, grab a coffee from their on-site café, and enjoy a wander around the urban garden.
📍 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF.
🚇 Nearest stations are Dalston Junction or Dalston Kingsland.
14. Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf
Gardens emerge in the unlikeliest of places, including this tropical beauty atop a railway station. With blooms and plants from across the world, ranging from Australasian ferns to American sweetgums, Chinese bamboo, and more, it’s a wonderfully international green space. Take a trek around the world all without leaving Canary Wharf.
📍 Crossrail Place, E14 5AB.
🚇 Nearest station is Canary Wharf.
15. St Dunstan-in-the-East, City of London
The bombed-out ruins of this church have been made even more beautiful by trailing vines, flowerbeds, and trees providing shade. St Dunstan-in-the-East is popular with both city workers on lunch, and the lifestyle blogging crowd – it’s a verdant joy for everyone.
📍 St Dunstan’s Hill, EC3R 5DD.
🚇 Nearest station is Tower Hill.
So, what are you waiting for? Next time that sun in shining down from a blue sky, get out and enjoy some of these gorgeous London green spaces.
Also published on Medium.