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,
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!
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.
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!
- 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!).
- 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!
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!