Now that the weather is warmer and restrictions are easing, it’s officially time to venture out and make the most of stunning locations blooming with fabulous florals around the capital. Our editors have picked 5 of the most beautiful and picturesque places in London that are great for walks (and getting some incredible shots!).
Greenwich Park, Greenwich
Boasting 74 acres of some of the most fabulous florals and an unparalleled view of the river Thames, Greenwich Park is the oldest enclosed Royal Park. It is home to a number of wildlife species, such as Red Deer, Fallow and Birds, and there are also lovely gardens, including rose and herb gardens, to marvel at and wander in. On your walk, be sure to visit the Prime Meridian of the world!
Peckham Rye (Park & Common), Southwark
This southeast London oasis of greenery and wildlife is a lovely location for taking a soothing stroll or relaxing and is home to its own Japanese garden. Peckham Rye Common is famous for having the most enthralling and ornate wisteria display which you can find in Sexby Garden. The Park and Common also have a skatepark, a football pitch, a children’s play area and an outdoor gym.
Kyoto Gardens – Holland Park, Kensington
Located in Holland Park, Kyoto Gardens is a tranquil, traditional Japanese garden that was gifted to the UK from Kyoto to commemorate the relationship between the regions. Decorated with traditional plants, trees and stones, this garden also features a stunning waterfall and is home to gorgeous peacocks. It is a wonderful place to explore and a peaceful space for contemplation and relaxation. Once you’ve had a look around Kyoto Garden, you have the rest of Holland Park, which offers large woodland areas with abundant wildlife, to enjoy.
Kew Gardens, Richmond
The world-famous Kew Gardens has the most diverse and largest botanical and mycological collections in the world. Rich in exotic greenery and magnificent florals, it houses 50,000 living plants and over 7 million preserved specimens collected from all over the world. It is one of the most popular attractions in London – visited by over a million visitors each year – but don’t worry; with over 300 acres to explore, you can still expect a peaceful amble.
St James Park, Westminster
Urban life meets nature’s tranquillity at the UK’s oldest royal park. Nestled between Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and St James Palace, this scenic landscape offers a unique walking experience right at the heart of the city. St James Park is home to 15 different species of birds, gorgeous flowerbeds and refreshing open green space. It also has a stunning lake, monuments and amazing views of famous landmarks such as the London Eye and Big Ben.
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