Anyone unfamiliar with London might imagine a grey and glass metropolis devoid of plants, while others might only know of the royal parks scattered around the central areas. In fact, the capital is abundant in green spaces, offering a little something for everyone.
Kensington Roof Gardens
The Kensington Roof Gardens are 1.5 acres of opulent bliss, sitting 100ft above the hustle and bustle of Kensington High Street. They even have their own stream, complete with fish and flamingos. The gardens are enjoyed by the young urban professionals of nearby Chelsea, and also provide a haven for savvy visitors who want a break without breaking the bank (entry is free).
Tooting is very appealing to families and young professionals, and it's easy to see why. Tooting Common boasts a host of amenities including a nature trail, running facilities, fishing, horse riding, play areas, woodlands and a youth club. The biggest selling point, however, is the Tooting Bec Lido: England's biggest fresh water, outdoor swimming pool.
King Henry's Walk Garden
King Henry's Walk Garden is located in the Mildmay area of Islington, and is within easy reach of Hackney – it combines the best of both of these North London hotspots. This green space was 'created by the local community, for the local community', with membership options allowing locals to run their own plot or register as a 'keyholder' so they can access the gardens and participate in events.
The Rookery, Streatham Common
The large open spaces of Streatham Common are well known among local families, especially those with pets or energetic children. However, The Rookery receives less attention, which is surprising given that it contains a beautiful landscaped garden, ornamental pond, community garden and a cafe.
The Geffrye Museum Gardens
The Geffrye Museum Gardens are situated at the heart of trendy Shoreditch, and offer an oasis of calm from the buzzing restaurants, bars and galleries. They're also a great place for creative minds to enjoy the artier side of gardening. The area includes period gardens from the 17th to 20th centuries, as well as a herb garden with over 170 different varieties on show.
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