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Parks and Green Spaces in London


A break outdoors is vital for your well-being. During this exam season, escape the screens, breathe the fresh air, and recharge in the natural spaces London has to offer. 

  • Richmond Park 

Nearest stations: Richmond, The Kew Gardens 

The park is a top UK site for ancient trees and supports a range of rare species including fungi, birds, beetles, bats, grasses and wildflowers. Here you can discover the Isabella Plantation woodland gardens and enjoy distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound. A fun way to spend the day here is by hiring  a bike for some off-road cycling along the Tamsin Trail. Being the largest of the Royal Parks, with 2360 acres, Richmond Park has a national and international importance for wildlife conservation. It was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park. 

  • Lincoln Inn Fields 

Nearest station: Holborn 

Conveniently located a 5 minute walk from Bush House on Strand Campus, Lincoln Inn Fields is a great green space to make the most of during study breaks. It is also the largest public space in London! Standing about 5 hectares, Lincoln Inn Fields include lawns, trees, public tennis courts and a bandstand. The present layout dates from the early-19th century and has not changed significantly since. 

  • Greenwich Park 

Nearest Stations: Maze Hill and Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR. 

At the top of its highest hill, you can admire sweeping views over London’s skyline. Spectacular views can also be enjoyed away from the crowds, at the summit of peaceful One Tree Hill. Sitting in the middle of the park is the world-famous Royal Observatory, where the Greenwich Prime Meridian begins. This is the line that divides the world into Eastern and Western hemispheres – in the park, you can hop from one side of the world to the other, then buy a ticket to discover more inside the Observatory itself. 

  • Hampstead Heath  

Nearest station: Hampstead Heath Overground  

The park with the most going on, located not too far from the center (about four miles) and open 24/7 to the public, do not miss out on the wild beauties and fun of this park. You can take a dip in one of the many swimming ponds if you're brave enough! The surrounding area is also worth exploring, with local stores and independent cafes to supply your cravings. 


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