4 Places Where To Escape London in London

If you’re reading my blog since a while (and if you’re new, welcome!) you’ll know how much I love London. It’s been a year now that I’m loving living here but I must admit that I also realised how this city can be overwhelming after a while!

But, one of the many reasons why I love London, is that it’s like a container of different little villages and area. So, the moment that the overwhelming feeling hits you, you can easily escape from this crazy London life just by taking the tube or train and without having a huge budget, isn’t that great?!

Here’s a list of perfect places where to re-charge the batteries, connect with nature and forget for a while that you’re in a metropolitan city:

1 | Hampstead Heath

I’ve already talked about this lovely area in this post and as you can see in the pictures as well, walking around Hampstead street will make you feel like in a small village,

One of the many cute street of Hampsted

One of the many cute streets in Hampstead

Another great point is that Hampstead is located in Zone 2 so you can easily and rapidly reach the area by underground! Oh, and if you go there on a Saturday don’t forget to check out their small but full of foodie goodies market!

2 | Greenwich

Greenwich is slightly more distant, compared to Hampstead but still easily accessible with the DLR. In Greenwich you’ll have to kind of make a plan of what you want to see since the attractions there are quite a lot!

  • Greenwich Market is definitely pretty to tour around and look for vintage and unique pieces!
  • The University of Greenwich is a very famous institute which is great to visit, even just the outside part. The university campus is very impressive!
  • The Meridian Line & The Historic Royal Observatory is another must-see when there, unfortunately, the observatory was closed when I was in Greenwich this winder but I’ve heard very good comments about it (and seen great pictures!) so it’s still a thing I want to tick off my list!
The weather wasn't that good when I was there but from the park you have a pretty view of the uni and the city!

The weather wasn’t that good when I was there but from the park you have a pretty view of the uni and the city!

A must picture when at the meridian!

A must picture when at the meridian!


3 | Kyoto Garden

Kyoto Garden is the perfect escape for who doesn’t have much time but absolutely needs a break from this sometimes frustrating London life since it’s Located right in the centre of London!

Kyoto Garden, in fact, it’s part of Holland Park in Kensington. What makes this part of the part unique is that it has been designed by a Japanese designer that reproduced a typical Japanese garden atmosphere in London! From the colours of the plants, the shrubs and water feature this park will enchant you and make you feel in Japan for a little while.

The atmosphere here is so unique

4 | Kew Garden

I had the pleasure to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens last week and oh my, what an amazing place! The quite long journey to get there (since it’s located in Richmond, zone 4 of London) is totally worth the visit!

From the pictures, I knew it was a big park but I’d never imagined that it would have taken nearly 6 hours to see it all! We were lucky enough that it was a lovely day when we were there, so being surrounded by nature was the perfect thing. In particular, what you won’t want to miss is:

  • The Treetop walk

Avery nice walk built at the same height of the top of the trees where you’ll be able to see the park from a very high point and, if the weather is good you can even see a part of Webley!

You really don't realise how high it is until you get up there!

You really don’t realise how high it is until you get up there!

  • The Palm House

This place has both a beautiful structure from the outside and it’s also stunning on the inside! The feeling you’ll have as soon as you open those glass doors is like being in a jungle with beautiful palm trees (and loads of humidity!).

It really feels like being in a small jungle!

It really feels like being in a small jungle!

  • The Hive

This is one of the most recent attractions. It was built for the Expo and then brought here. The designer aim was to reproduce the typical bees habitat from the actual hive to the noise they make so being inside it it’s both cool and interesting!

The hive structure is definitely very unique

The hive structure is definitely very unique

What about you, have you ever been to one of these places? or which places would you add to this list? I’d love to here from you!


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  • Reply Debbie

    Wow, thank you Lisa! This is awesome. I went to Kyoto and saw some of the magnificent gardens there. πŸ™‚ So glad you have something in such beauty in London.

    Also, if you ever want to, you’re more than welcome to contribute to Forgiving Fridays. It’s a prompt where I invite bloggers to post anything on forgiveness. One of my bloggers regularly posts her travel experiences and gratitude for the little beauties in life.

    If you decide to do it, include #ForgivingFridays in your tags & a pingback to my post. Here’s the link to my latest blog if helpful.

    Lovely post, Lisa. Love, Debbie

    01/09/2017 at 2:54
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Wow, must have been amazing being in Kyoto then!

      Oh thank you for the invitation, I’ll definitely check your post out and think about how to structure mine!

      Have a great weekend Debbie πŸ™‚

      01/09/2017 at 18:20
  • Reply Pauline Yip

    Hi Lisa! I guess you must be living in central London, Kew Garden isn’t that far out!!! 😎Another place you may want to consider visiting is Hampton Court (zone 6 😊), the Palace is beautiful and has bags full of history, perfect for a summer picnic if there is still any sun left in England.

    Glad to hear you are enjoying London.

    01/09/2017 at 8:15
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Yeah I guess that compared to zone 6 Kew Garden is not that far haha Oh thank you for the advice, I’ll definitely put it on my list! Thank you! πŸ™‚

      01/09/2017 at 18:18
  • Reply Ingrid

    I love Hamsted Heath and during my latest trip to London last Spring I discovered (thanks to my mother) Kyoto Garden and we loved it how you just feel outside of the city in this small oasis of nature in the middle of the town. I guess I have to put Greenwich on the list for my next visit since I still haven’t visited yet. Thanks for the good ideas!

    01/09/2017 at 9:12
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Ahh so nice she made you discover Kyoto Garden and yes, Hampstead is so lovely! Glad you liked the article, thanks for stopping by Ingrid! πŸ™‚

      01/09/2017 at 18:16
  • Reply Alessandra

    Sono stata a Greenwich. Ricordo che prima di fare un lungo giro nel campus e all’osservatorio, mi fermai in un piccolo parco/cimitero e feci uno spuntino in compagnia di uno scoiattolo! Vorrei tanto visitare il Kyoto Garden, sembra davvero bellissimo!

    01/09/2017 at 10:13
  • Reply Christina

    oh I love it in Greenwich, I spent hours there on a trip to London. Still not enough if you ask me, I could spend the whole day there! Would love to go to the other places you recommended as well, especially Kew garden. Maybe on my next trip πŸ˜‰

    01/09/2017 at 20:07
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Yess I want to go back to Greenwich as well, such a lovely area! Glad you discovered new places! Thank you for your comment Christina! πŸ™‚

      05/09/2017 at 11:05
  • Reply Oreoluwa

    This post reminded me of my planned holiday to the UK and I am triggered! Need to go back to my travel journal! Thank you for this xxx

    Oreoluwa’s Blog || Celebrating One Year Being A Lifestyle Blogger x Blog Giveaway

    01/09/2017 at 23:10
  • Reply Linda Hobden

    Being a Londoner, born and bred, I have visited Hampstead Heath, Greenwich & Kew Gardens many times. My personal favourite though is Epping Forest on the fringes of east London (I’m an eastend girl 😊) However, I haven’t been to Kyoto gardens but will endeavour to visit them as they look beautiful.

    02/09/2017 at 13:02
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Ohh I’ll add Epping Forest to my list! Thank you for the advice and thank you for stopping by, glad you liked the post! πŸ™‚

      05/09/2017 at 11:02
  • Reply Ju

    I absolutely love the places you picked! The photographs are superb and those spots really are lovely. Especially the Kyoto Garden πŸ’œ

    02/09/2017 at 17:02
  • Reply Juliette

    Hi Lisa! This is such a great guide post for London! And I love your photos πŸ˜‰ I’m totally saving this guide for when I visit London <3

    04/09/2017 at 15:52
  • Reply Jess

    Great blog! I’ve been to the Kyoto Gardens but will have to check out the others when I’m in London next! πŸ™‚

    04/09/2017 at 16:21
  • Reply Jenn

    I was living in London this past year. There are so many people, and the city moves at such a fast paced, you really do need to escape London sometimes. I really enjoyed your post. Never knew about the tree top walk!

    04/09/2017 at 18:14
  • Reply Serena - Sognando Viaggi

    Nice photos and wonderful ideas as always! πŸ™‚ I went to Greenwich with the DLR, but I’d really like to visit Kew Garden and Kyoto Garden, too.

    09/09/2017 at 16:25
  • Reply Wendy

    I feel slightly ashamed that I’ve lived in the UK for 57 years and have never seen these lovely spots! Great photo’s.. x

    10/09/2017 at 1:20
  • Reply Thrifty Campers

    Thanks for the suggestions, the hive picture makes me dizzy lol. I love the overall look of your blog

    10/09/2017 at 17:41
  • Reply Jaq

    I love this! I haven’t been to London since the early 2000’s, and have been dying for a trip back. Thanks for sharing these places πŸ˜€

    16/09/2017 at 15:28
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Ahh yes you should really come back! Glad you liked the post! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

      20/09/2017 at 12:40
  • Reply Rachel Alexandra

    Hi! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Here are the intructions:
    Happy blogging!

    25/09/2017 at 3:36
  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels)

    Kyoto garden and Kew gardens are still on my to do list:)

    29/09/2017 at 13:59
  • Reply Agness of eTramping

    I really wasn’t aware of the beauties of these places, Lisa! Thanks a bunch for introducing a whole new world for me. When’s the best time of the year to explore them?

    05/10/2017 at 11:45
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Ahh I’m glad the post is useful! I the spring, summer or autumn time are the best so you can enjoy the beautiful nature present in these places as well!

      05/10/2017 at 14:27
  • Reply Haley

    Now I have to go back to London just so I can escape it and visit these cool places haha πŸ™‚

    27/10/2017 at 22:19
  • Reply Laila

    Kew Gardens is absolutely stunning! I’m glad to live quite close to it, so I pop by very often. But I should definitely check out those other places. Especially Greenwich. Never actually been! Shocking, I know.

    11/11/2017 at 14:36
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      So lucky! I’d love to live near such a beautiful place!
      Hahaha well it’s never too late! πŸ™‚

      13/11/2017 at 11:43
  • Reply Noelle Across The Pond

    Greenwich is one of my favorite places to ‘escape’ London.

    04/12/2017 at 17:04
  • Reply Sheree

    Good choices! Prople tend to forget how many green spaces there are in London.

    04/12/2017 at 18:11
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