If you've been missing the hustle and bustle of the city, here are some great things to do in London right now! The team over at LuggageHero has revealed 8 natural ways to keep yourself entertained when visiting London on your next stay-cation.
St. James’s Park
Surrounded by popular landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall, St. James’s Park is located in the heart of London and is one of the most popular natural attractions in the city. The scenic spot has a wide variety of things to see and do - the picturesque Tiffany Fountain leaping against the magnificent backdrop of Buckingham Palace, The Blue Bridge offering spectacular views across the park of the Big Ben and the London Eye and nature reserve Duck Island where you can see the wonderful colonies of birdlife.
Location: St. James’s Park London SW1A 2BJ
Opening Hours: Daily 5 am – 12 am. Free public entry
Kensington Gardens offer a mix of relaxation and green space, this park is calmer and more peaceful than it’s neighbour Hyde Park and features many attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Stroll into the park for a morning picnic or take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life on an afternoon bike ride. Besides enjoying the tranquillity, the Gardens offer attractions worth visiting, such as Kensington Palace, The Princess Diana Memorial, the Peter Pan Statue and the Beautiful Orangery (elaborate greenhouse).
Location: Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH
Opening Hours: 6 am - 4 pm/9.45 pm (varies depending on the season)
WWT London Wetland centre
As one of the world’s largest wetland conservation organisations and Britain’s Favourite Natural Reserve, WWT London is both an educational and entertaining trip out. Home to a significant number of species of birds, insects, amphibians and other endangered wildlife, the Wetland centre helps safeguard and improve the wetland for London’s wildlife. Stroll among the lakes, ponds and gardens and go nose-to-beak with some of nature’s most exciting animals at WWT London Wetland centre.
Location: Queen Elizabeth's Walk, London SW13 9WT
Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
An inner-city park with so much to offer, from stunning fountains to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo - the perfect place for little explorers! Enjoy a summer picnic or visit the Peace Pagoda, the perfect place to relax and forget your woes. But a trip to Battersea Park is not complete without a visit to the family-friendly zoo filled with lemurs, meerkats and wallabies, where you can connect and learn about some amazing species.
Location: Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
Opening Hours: 6.30 am - 10.30 pm
One of the most beautiful gardens in London is located in Holland Park, The Kyoto Garden is a unique Japanese-style landscape, donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991. The beautiful location is the perfect quiet reflection and relaxation spot and is an unexpected slide of Japanese zen featuring a roaming muster of peacocks. Holland Park is also home to large areas of woodland abundant with wildlife, making it a great spot for wildlife spotting with the family.
Location: Ilchester Place, W8 6LU
Opening Hours: 7.30 am - closed 30 minutes before dusk.
Dulwich Park is the ideal spot to work up a sweat, located in the park you can find both tennis courts and cricket nets available free of charge for park visitors. The parks wide paths mean that this location is great for cyclists and runners, every 100m around the park is marked out so you can keep track of your distance! A great suburban green space with something for everyone - you can kick back and relax with family and friends, or take a solo stroll through the park.
Location: College Rd, Dulwich, London SE21
Opening Hours: 7.30 am - 6.30/ 9.30 pm (varies depending on the season)
Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace Park is the perfect picnic spot for the kids, you can enjoy an adventure-filled lunch featuring lifesize dinosaur statues that lurk between the trees. As you go round the lakes keep your eyes peeled for signage with educational information on all the statues. The fun doesn’t stop there, across the park you and the family can take a trip through one of the largest mazes in the country, featuring towering hedgerows and a confounding network of pathways, but be careful you might find yourself occupied for longer than expected!
Location: Thicket Rd, London SE19 2GA
Opening Hours: 7.30 am - 8.30 pm (Sat/Sun 9 am - 8.30)
ZSL London Zoo
In light of its recent reopening, London’s most popular zoo has made the list of natural ways to keep yourself entertained when visiting the city. Join hundreds of rare and exciting animals, from otterly adorable pups to Noemie the camel as you explore their zoo lives and learn along the way! Many of the animals found within London Zoo are critically endangered in the wild, so this is a rare opportunity for you to see the reproduction of our wildlife.
Location: Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY
Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm