London, while exhilarating the feel of a modern capital city, embodies the timeless essence of nature that continues to captivate foreigners from all over the world. Among all event in London, tours and programs offered to explore the city, visits to City parks seem to allow tourists and visitors, sometimes to travel not only from afar but also, back in time. London has a network of a large number of parks and small open spaces throughout the area. Charming, each gives hikers a sense of green with a touch of manicured lawn, unique to British outdoor landscapes.
Here are 5 parks worthy of your time and memories:
1 – Finsbury Circus
Covering an area of 2.2 hectares, it is the largest public open space within the city limits. It got its name from its elliptical shape which is similar to the circus venues of ancient Rome. Previously private, it opened as a public garden in the early 20th century.
2 – St Paul’s Cathedral Churchyard
The gardens are part of the St paul’s Cathedral grounds and an important part of the setting. The garden houses a wide variety of trees such as London plane, gingko, maple, lime, ash, mulberry and eucalyptus. To the north are some of the City’s oldest plane trees and giant fir trees; at the south gate is the rose garden.
3 – Chelsea Physics Park
This unique garden has a unique living collection of around 5000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants. This hidden gem is also a peaceful green oasis to enjoy relaxing walks with an award winning Cafe and book and gift shop.
4 – Whittington Park
The garden was named after the mayor Richard Whittington, who rebuilt the royal St Michael Paternoster church at his own expense in 1409. After the Corporation of London acquired the site in 1955, the garden was laid out in 1960 with mostly paved areas to the west and grassy, expanse of flowers and trees of the East.
5 – Clear Park
The perfect setting for a break from sightseeing, Clearly Garden offers benches under a canopy of trees and vines and a beautiful sunken lawn. Located on Queen Victoria Street, yet tucked away, it provides a haven of relaxation for summer walkers.
6 – Boiling Lane Park
It is the site of the Office of the Admiralty, founded in 1656. Despite its simple shape, it is bounded by a hedge and laid out symmetrically with a central lane, well shaded by trees. Both sides of the gate are rose beds. The word “boiling” probably comes from the medieval word “sifethen” meaning “full of husks” which was named after the nearby Corn Market.