The UK’s capital is as busy and thriving as many visitors expect, but it also provides (perhaps somewhat unexpectedly) lots of beautiful spaces to unwind and watch the world go by. Read on to find out more about some of the most tranquil places in the city – perfect to seek out with a coffee or a cold drink and reflect on your trip for an hour or two.
With a rich history dating back to 1851, the Clifton Nurseries are a great place to get back in touch with nature and enjoy a slower pace of life for a short while. As London’s oldest garden centre, Clifton Nurseries provides a welcoming space and a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the busy heart of London. Whether taking a look at some unique glass houses filled with ornate plant life or grabbing a bite to eat at the on-site afternoon tea area, this is a great place to relax and while away a few hours surrounded by greenery and flowers.
Find out more about the Clifton Nurseries at the official website.
The largest park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Holland Park has a huge 22.5 hectares of beautiful gardens to explore, as well as sports facilities, a café and vast woodlands teaming with wildlife.
Among the delights on offer is the stunning Kyoko Garden, a Japanese-inspired garden donated to the area in 1991. The garden’s peaceful waterfall is a particular highlight for anyone seeking some rest and relaxation, while there’s plenty of opportunity for countryside walks within the park’s enormous grounds. There’s plenty to fill a day here but, it’s also equally enjoyable if you only have a few hours to spare on your itinerary.
Find out more about visiting Holland Park whilst staying at Shaftesbury Metropolis London Hyde Park here.
St John’s Lodge Gardens at Regent’s Park
A small garden within the much larger Regent’s Park, St John’s Large is a real oasis from the big city, with a series of ornamental sculptures and artworks framing the manicured lawn.
Originally built in 1818, the garden layout has been improved upon several times over the years, and the building itself has been used for various purposes including as an army hospital during the First World War and later, as the headquarters for the Institute of Archaeology. The property itself is now a designated private residence, but visitors to Regent’s Park can still access it via a small gate near the central office and enjoy the quiet for a moment or two.
Discover the gardens for yourself at the Royal Parks website.
The Peace Pagoda at Battersea Park
Given as a symbol of peace by the founder of the Japanese Buddhist Movement in 1984, the Peace Pagoda has similar sister structures around Europe, and represents a truly peaceful space in an otherwise buzzing city. Find out more about the structure at the Battersea Park website.