5 Nature Escapes in London
“The… SMOG. Am.. Ch-Choking...”
Calm down, Oliver Twist 🙄 No one’s been sent up a chimney in ages, but London still has a rep for being soot-central. There are peaceful pockets of green all over the city to explore, you just have to know where to find them 🔎
We’ve done the legwork for you and found a collection of natural beauty spots and walks PLUS accommodation to stay in close by…
Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick
Best For: Water Babies 🌊
There’s a 4-mile walk that starts in Stoke Newington and weaves round the Lee Navigation waterway to Hackney Wick.
Sure, you’ll see Stokey’s historic bits, but you’ll also pop out at Springfield Park nature reserve. Plus you’ll be strolling alongside canals and waterways the whole way.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Best For: Art Lovers 🎨
This is London’s first art walk. Pick it up at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follow ‘The Line’ all the way to Greenwich Peninsula.
You’ll be passing by a zen blend of parkland, dockyards, and leafy lanes. NICE. Keep your peepers peeled for Alex Chinneck’s electric pylon sculpture and Joanna Rajkowska’s Hatchling sculpture.
Hampstead Circular Walk
Best for: Civilized Stroll ☕
The Granddaddy of nature spots in London. The big one. The OG.
Hampstead is the classy option for outdoor enthusiasts. There’s a circular walk that starts with a Parliament Hill climb. The jelly calves are worth it for the city skyline views and pretty ponds. You’ll also take in Kenwood House - a country house mansion.
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk
Best for : A Royal Ramble 👑
There are ninety (!) plaques in the grounds of this walk. Tick them off as you walk through parks and by palaces and mansions.
If you do the whole thing you’ll end up seeing St James’s Park, Kensington Gardens, and Green Park. Not about the leg shred? You can pick this walk up from any side of the loop and customise the length.
Richmond to Ham House
Best for: Animal Enthusiasts 🦌
“FENTON… JESUS CHRIST, FENTON!!!”
Return to the scene of the crime with a stroll from Richmond to Ham House. It’s a 4.5 mile-r and passes over the top of Richmond Hill before dropping down to the Thames and into Richmond Park for deer-spotting. Labs on leads.
Head out the other side of the park and you’ll hit Ham village - a charming little village.