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Nearly 50% of Greater London is green space, and in 2019 the capital was crowned the world’s first National Park City. If you’re not a fan of lounging and are looking for something more exciting to do in London’s parks and gardens, check out this roundup of the best outdoor activities to try.
Urban London is something to marvel at: a staggered skyline looms above streets that are dotted with galleries, shops, museums, cafés and restaurants, with the city’s history evident every step of the way. But some of the best parts of London are the pockets of greenery found throughout the city; turn a corner or venture down some side street and you’ll suddenly find yourself facing a sprawling wetlands nature reserve or in the midst of dense foliage. It’s in these smuggled spaces where pavement gives way to plant life that London truly shines. If you’re looking for the best outdoor activities in London, here’s where to go.