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Things to do | Posted 01 Apr 2019

While London may seem like a sprawling metropolis of skyscrapers, you may be surprised to discover that the UK’s bustling capital has a plethora of tranquil green spaces just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re looking for a place to sit and get lost in a book, have a family picnic or even just get some fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of city life, these three luscious gardens in London are perfect for getting back to nature.

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Chelsea Psychic Gardens

Nearest Tube / Rail Station: Sloane Sqaure (Tube)

Founded in 1673, the Chelsea Psychic Garden is the oldest botanical garden in London, and spans 4 across four acres. Here visitors can explore a wide variety of beautiful plants and flowers, as well as explore one of the UK’s oldest rock gardens. Located just a stone’s throw away from the        River Thames, the garden provides a welcome retreat from the concrete jungle it pre-dates, and is frequented by locals and tourists alike.

The Chelsea Psychic garden has its own micro-climate, meaning many of the plants that flourish here are rare or endangered.

Eltham Palace and Gardens

Nearest Tube / Rail Station: Lewisham (DLR)

Explore the art-deco inspired Eltham Palace and its glorious gardens, and discover a haven, tucked away in southeast London. Comprising of an eclectic blend of medieval and contemporary features, the garden’s 19-acres feature a plethora of tranquil rock pools and an ancient moat – complete with London’s oldest working bridge.

Looking for somewhere to explore as a family? The Eltham Palace Gardens also features a range of activities and adventures for smaller visitors – including a fascinating animal trail and a wooden outdoor play area. Alternatively, stop off for a bite to eat at the stunning Glasshouse Café, which offers a varied menu of delicious hot and cold dishes, plus a tempting afternoon tea of cakes and sandwiches.

Hampton Court Palace Gardens

Nearest Tube / Rail Station: Hampton Court Station (Rail)

Built in the early 16th Century, Hampton Court Palace was a favourite of Henry VIII, who brought each of his six wives there. Fast forward to the present day, and the palace is frequented by thousands of visitors each year, all hoping to catch a glimpse of what life was like for royals in the London of yesteryear.

But it’s the Hampton Court gardens that really take the cake as one of the most impressive green spaces in Greater London. Over the centuries, the gardens have become a showcase of different designs across the eras, telling the stories of the kings and queens of England who have strolled through the grounds.

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