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If there’s anything Londoners love more than a train that actually runs on time, it’s enjoying that rare opportunity to feel the grass beneath their feet, instead of concrete. But, before following the crowds to Hyde Park at the first sign of good weather, consider these other beautiful and more chilled out alternatives.
When it comes to parks, Telegraph Hill is up there with the best of them. This impressive spot provides the perfect vantage point from which to look down on to central London’s stunning skyline. For that maximum wow factor, aim to get there for sunset and watch dusk settle over the city. This place gives its more famous counterpart, Primrose Hill, a run for its money.
Situated on one of the quieter curves of the River Thames, Dukes Meadows is the perfect place to get away from it all. You’ll never have to fight for a picnic spot, simply because this place is scarcely used by anyone but the locals, who can often be seen enjoying a barbecue in the evenings – in what could possibly be described as the best kept secret south of the river.
Stunningly serene and home to a whole host of wildlife, Barnes Pond offers a little taste of village life within the city. It is not unusual to see a family of ducks stop the traffic as they make their way across the road. Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and you’re set for an afternoon by the water’s edge – you’ll really will feel like you’ve been transported to the heart of the countryside.
A short walk from the centre of Camberwell, or a mere one-minute stroll from Denmark Hill Station, lies Ruskin Park. One of Lambeth’s 12 Green Flag award winning parks, this South London oasis has all the credentials. If you want somewhere tranquil yet still within touching distance of the city’s hustle and bustle, look no further.