Despite being one of the world’s major cities, a trip to London doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a walk through nature. There are lots of places in England’s capital which are perfect for a spring stroll as the weather starts to brighten. Here are our top picks for when you fancy some fresh air…
- Kensington Gardens
If you’re staying at the Park Grand Kensington, you’re within easy reach of this delightful Royal Park, which also links up to Kensington Palace. While the palace itself is well worth a trip if you feel like looking round one of London’s major royal residences, the park which surrounds it is 265 acres of nature and Victorian landscaping, making it ideal for a spring walk. The park includes plenty of natural sights, as well as a children’s playground in commemoration of Diana, Princess of Wales – ideal for those travelling with younger visitors. If you’re a green-fingered type, you can pick up some tips on growing fruit and vegetables from the park’s allotment, and meet its own resident chickens.
- The Princess Diana Memorial Walk
This walk takes in four of London’s Royal Parks, tracing locations and buildings which were heavily associated with Princess Diana. The walk is almost continuous natural scenery, despite being in the centre of the city. To enjoy this walk, start at St James’s Park and head through Green Mark, onward to Hyde Park and back to Kensington Gardens. You’ll see three palaces during the trek, and at around 7 miles, this is a great addition to any one of our romantic weekend breaks in London.
- The Jubilee Greenway
Walking along Little Venice to Camden Lock, this is the second-leg of the 37-mile route along the canal towpaths of London. There are plenty of adorable narrow boats and bridges to explore, as well as potential stopovers at the Lord’s Cricket Ground or even a quick visit to the ZSL London Zoo. Much of the walk takes you through the scenic Regent’s Park, before arriving in Camden. This is a great place to do some shopping at the famous market in hunt of a bargain or something unique as a memento of your stay. If you manage to complete the journey in good time, you could even head back to the hotel for an indulgent Indian afternoon tea in London.
- Chiswick House Gardens
Chiswick House is one of London’s most treasured stately homes, with fully restored 18th century gardens covering 65 acres. The gardens represent a major feat of gardening prowess, inspiring later works by famed landscaper, Capability Brown. Here you will find stunning views and hidden pathways, as well as a cascading waterfall and a terrace with views of Kew Gardens.
- Kew Gardens
It’s a bit of a journey from Kensington, but Kew Gardens offers unrivalled natural scenery and ample space to walk. The place really comes alive in the spring, so it’s the ideal time to visit and see what all the fuss is about.