Step away from the ebb and flow of the city and unwind this Summer with our essential guide to the best walks and picnic spots in London.
Best for zen
Unlike most major capitals, London offers plenty of green spaces to kick back and relax. For those looking for a little calm and plenty of reflection, look no further than Kyoto Garden situated in Holland Park. The garden offers unique, Japanese-style landscape, perfect for unwinding after a busy week. Unravel amongst tiered waterfalls, and a serene pond full of unusual fish.
Best for being at one with nature
Starting at Finsbury Park, leave everything behind you and follow London's longest nature reserve all the way to Alexandra Palace for a 4km route of nature, nature and more nature. This old disused railway line once connected Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace and echoes of the old line can still be seen in the form of platforms and tunnels. Ideal for dog walkers, cyclists and couples, immerse yourself in this hidden north London gem.
Best for picnics and views of the city
Pack the cool bag and head on down (up) to Telegraph Hill this Summer for unbeatable views of the city line. Situated south of New Cross, embrace a little peace with your partner during the day before heading to The Telegraph at The Earl of Derby pub for an evening pint.
📍Docklands to Little Venice
Best for unwinding, whilst staying in the mix
For those of you who still wish to be in the mix whilst unwinding at the weekend, look no further than Regents Canal. Discover a hidden world in the heart of the city lined with colourful narrowboats, delicious brunching options and beautiful parks to really find your inner zen. Starting at Victoria park, take several detours to relax in London's finest green spaces, indulge in craft beer inspired watering holes and cut through the noise all the way through to Angel.
📍North of Regents Park
Best for sunsets and family time.
Samuel Johnson once famously said "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life". We can imagine Mr Johnson stood looking over Primrose Hill when he said this. Situated on the northern side of Regent's Park, the famous hill is the ideal location for a family picnic. Looking over the city with spectacular views from east to west, the silence is all encompassing. Take the tube to Chalk Farm Station and look forward to unrivalled views, a beautiful sunset, clean air and full day of family fun.
Best for family picnics/me time
From boats to galleries, the Serpentine and surrounding green spaces make for a perfect way to end our guide. Situated in London's west end, explore cultural offerings, quiet corners and eye-catching architecture. Popular amongst dog walkers and runners, Hyde Park is a close to Central Park, New York City as you can get....In the city without the noise....In the city with the city by your side. A perfect destination for kicking back with the family.