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London Parks and Open Spaces; a place to relax

| Things to do | 29/03/2012

Get out and enjoy the wonderful and wide open spaces in London

Tired of getting up to go to work all week and need some time to wind down? Want something to enjoy that doesn’t cost much? When the hustle and bustle during the week gets too much in the spring and summer days, you could always take a stop at one of the many open spaces and parks in and around London. Far from just grass and trees, we’ve hand picked some of the best open spaces and parks in London for you to venture around.

Richmond ParkRichmond Park

Known as one of the Royal Parks of Great Britain, Richmond Park (situated on the outskirts of London) was first established as a royal park by King Charles I in 1625. What was turned into a park from a set of medieval farms is now known as a site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve. With it’s astonishing view points, Richmond Park is split up into different sections. You can bird watch from the Isabella Plantation, look out onto St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound and enjoy a nice meal at the Pembroke Lodge. Visit the Royal Parks website – www.royalparks.gov.uk for more information.

Directions

Address – Richmond Park, Surrey, TW10 5HS
Nearest Underground Station – Richmond Station (District Line)
Buses – 190, 391, 419, R68, 33, 337, 485, 85, K3, 72, 493, 65, 371

Hampstead HeathHampstead Heath

Located in North West London, Hampstead Heath Park is home to several activities for you to take part in. From an athletics track to swimming pools, you can find loads to do in another of the great open spaces in the heart of London. If you don’t want to take part in any physical activity you could always find a place to enjoy the scenery from one of the meadows and valleys. Adding to that Hampstead Heath also have an education centre and other children’s facilities.

Directions

Address – Hampstead Heath Park, Highgate Road, NW3 7JR
Nearest Underground Station – Hampstead or Highgate Station
Buses – 46, 210, 268, 603

Epping ForestEpping Forest

Holding the title of the biggest open space in the London area, Epping Forest is almost 6,000 acres. Stretching from Manor Park in East London all the way to the North of Epping in Essex, Epping forest is popular for public visits. With almost two thirds of the open space designated to a special conservation area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, you can spot some wildlife along your travels. The open space also holds several events throughout the year – including guided walks, craft activities, art exhibitions and more.

Directions

Address – Epping Forest, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4RW
Nearest Underground Station – Epping Station (Central Line)
Buses – 397, 255, 240, 250

So head on out to one of these opens spaces and enjoy all it has to give.

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