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Six Lesser-Known London Parks And Gardens To Visit This Summer

London parks and gardens go beyond the obvious and many Londoners aren’t aware of their luck when it comes to the number of open spaces at their fingertips.

Aside from classic landmarks to tick off the bucket list destinations, such as Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath, the UK capital offers plenty of lesser-known options for one to explore and get their nature fix, too – all equally as stunning as each other, particularly in the midst of summer season.

These six London parks and gardens are our favourite of the capital’s less well-known spaces to spend time in nature this year.

Fulham Palace

Immerse yourself in a guided woodland walk tour this summer at Fulham Palace, and discover the wonder of orchard blossoms, spring bulb displays and wisteria in full bloom. Or, join an interactive talk about beekeeping to answer all of your buzzing questions. Either way, your experience at this historic West London house and botanical garden will leave you in awe. With free entry and insight into a significant part of British history, Fulham Palace invites you to walk amongst the great outdoors as you enjoy this urban oasis.



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Chelsea Physic Garden

This year marks the 350-year anniversary of Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanic garden. So much more than the name gives away, this garden is both nurturing and enlightening. With many workshops and courses on offer including a Monday Monthly Yoga Class, a Seasonal Botanical Sketchbook Workshop, Supper Clubs and even a Family Chocolate Workshop, Chelsea Physic Garden is rich in both beauty and history and an ideal place to spend a weekend over the summer.


Kyoto Garden

Within the beauty of Holland Park is the one-of-a-kind Kyoto Garden. Adorned with stunning koi ponds, tiered waterfalls and traditional Japanese maple trees, you may even be joined by a peacock or two – also revelling in the beauty that is this Asian-inspired oasis. Originally a gift from the Japanese city which the garden is named after, Kyoto Garden has proven to be a soothing sanctuary for all who visit. Expect summertime serenity at its finest.



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Waterlow Park

Highgate’s Waterlow Park offers the best of two worlds: the 26-acre space has clear woodland ponds and panoramic views of London’s cityscape on its outskirts lining the greenery. With a nature conservation area, children’s play areas and six tennis courts – all overlooking the city – it comes as no surprise that this underrated park has historically been hailed as “a garden for the gardenless”.



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Syon Park

As we celebrate the coronation of King Charles, Syon Park opens the gates to its glorious gardens and Great Conservatory. With walk-in entry free of charge, this is the perfect opportunity to make a memory out of the occasion by treating yourself to a regal picnic while soaking up the sun. Children can join the festivities with face-painting, arts and crafts and garden games. There is even a ‘Royal Trail’ designed with the event in mind. On top of this, the Foodies Festival taking place during the last weekend of May is yet another reason to make your way to Syon Park, join in for baking tips from some of the stars from the much-loved Great British Bake Off, in true British spirit.


Chiswick House & Gardens

The architecture and greenery at Chiswick House & Gardens is beyond special. This opulent manor house, featuring restored gardens and statuary, is said to be inspired by the Earl of Burlington’s grand tours of Italy – no wonder that this vibrant outdoor space has become a highly desired venue for events and wedding ceremonies. With so many events on the horizon this spring, including outdoor cinema, a Doggie Dash and an outdoor theatre featuring all-time favourites like Robin Hood and Romeo & Juliet, you’re covered for date night, a family affair and beyond.


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