London is such a bustling city, and the chances are that if you live here your life is very busy and restless. We get so used to the industrial and concrete landscapes of the city, so it’s essential to get a break from it all and relax every once in a while, and doing so in gorgeous environments is always a plus! The summer weather really makes you appreciate how stunning London’s green spaces are. So whether you live in the city or are just visiting, this blog post should provide you with some inspiration to get back out and connect with nature.
Primrose Hill, Camden
Located next to Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is the place to go to get the best views of London. It gained the name "Primrose" from the many flowers that were native to this area, sadly none of which remain. Despite being located next to London Zoo and Camden, this area has managed to keep a community like feel, and stays peaceful in comparison to the Camden streets that surround the park. The hill stands 63 metres above sea level so the view of central London isn’t obscured by any buildings or trees, making it effortless to spot the sights. This spot is surprisingly peaceful considering how appealing it could be for tourists, although on a summers day it’s bound to be full of Londoners making the most of the weather. And if you're not in the mood for relaxing, this park is also a great walking spot, and the view from the peak is the perfect reward after a long hike. Ensure that you're there at sunset to see the skyline in a whole new light.
Holland Park, Kensington
Holland Park is a stunning area, name to both the road and park, they are both prestigious and hold great history. It's between Notting Hill and Kensington, therefore is the perfect mix of the two with modern, luxury homes that still keep a community feel. This neighbourhood is home to many celebrities such as David Beckham, Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams, so it's clear that it's great choice if you want a bit of peace but still want access to central London. The Kyoto Garden is designed to provide peace, originally opened in 1991 and designed by specialist gardeners from Japan. It is filled with Blossom trees, koi fish and peacocks, with a stunning waterfall as a backdrop. The garden was re-furbished and opened in 2012 to commemorate the 2011 Fukushima earthquake. The rest of Holland Park is gorgeous too, with over 54 acres of land to explore, you'll find woodlands and immaculate gardens as well as cafes and many places to relax.
Kew Gardens, Richmond
Kew Gardens is home to the world’s largest collection of living plants, and after a five year restoration to Temperate House, it’s bigger than ever. Re-opened on May 5th, the renovation was Kew’s biggest in history and the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse is now open to the public again. A staggering 10,000 plants are now at home here with 1,500 species, some of which are rare and threatened. They are from many temperate regions from the Mediterranean, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and many more. There is also a stunning treetop walkway that passes through the woodlands at 18 metres tall, giving you a gorgeous arial view across the gardens.
So I hope that this post has given you a bit of inspiration to go outside and enjoy the gorgeous green spaces in London this summer!