There’s a famous London park for every mood, every occasion and every season. Summer picnics by the lake in St James Park or a brisk autumn walk through the golden leaves in Hyde Park are popular with locals and visitors. Not to be overlooked are London’s secret, secluded gardens and green spaces. Some of these are unknown even to locals, making them even more intriguing and worth seeking out.
A CITY CONSERVATORY
Most of our apartments to rent in London’s visitors will be familiar with Kew Gardens and it’s famous conservatory. The Barbican’s Conservatory is the second largest in London after Kew and this hidden tropical oasis in the centre of town is a delightful surprise. It is only open to visitors on Sunday’s, offers guided tours and serves afternoon tea.
Highgate in north London has real woods to explore. Highgate Wood is the larger of the two, Queen’s Wood is more intimate and magical, with cherry trees, groves and woodland creatures. It’s the kind of place you would expect to find a Disney princess, singing with the animals! Nearby Highgate Cemetery is absolutely worth a visit while you’re here.
PHOENIX GARDEN IN COVENT GARDEN
Some of our most popular London apartment rentals are in Covent Garden. You will find the enchanting Phoenix Garden in this exciting and well loved central neighbourhood. This spot is just perfect for sitting down and catching your breath in the quiet and then marvelling at the fact that you’re really sitting in London’s busy heart, close to the bustling Piazza and market.
POSTMAN’S PARK BY ST PAUL’S
Postman’s Park is a short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral and is a very special place. Here you will find a “Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice” – 50 plaques put up to commemorate people who died trying to save others. It is a good thing to take a little time out of a busy day in this pretty place and read some of the moving stories of these everyday heroes.
FAMOUS HOUSES & GARDENS
People staying in our apartments in London often forget that some of the capital’s fascinating house museums will have a garden to visit as well as the main indoor attraction. Keats House in Hampstead has delightful gardens where the famous poet sometimes wrote. The courtyard garden at the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury is a charming place to sit and have a cup of tea.