Green walks around London

Craving a little greenery in this big city? Find your way to these parks, woods and heaths for some fresh air.

  • Richmond Park This park has deer in it, just roaming around. I don't think I need to say any more than that!
  • Eltham Walk around various woods and parks in Eltham and take in ruined gardens and a gothic castle along the way. Train station: Falcon Wood, Eltham
  • Morden Hall park Morden Hall Park is green oasis in the city, giving you a taste of a country estate with a glimpse of its agricultural and industrial history. This tranquil former deer park is one of the few remaining estates that used to line the River Wandle during its industrial heyday. The river meanders through the park creating a haven for wildlife. The snuff mills, which generated the park's income in the past, survive to this day. Nearest tube: Morden
  • Epping Forest Epping Forest is London’s largest open space, at approximately 6,000 acres. The forest stretches 12 miles from Manor Park in east London to just north of Epping in Essex. Nearest Tube: Epping, Theydon Bois, Snaresbrook
  • Hampstead Heath Hampstead Heath (locally known as "the Heath") is a large, ancient London park, covering 320 hectares (790 acres). This grassy public space sits astride a sandy ridge, one of the highest points in London, running from Hampstead to Highgate. The Heath is rambling and hilly, embracing ponds, recent and ancient woodlands, a lido, playgrounds, and a training track, and it adjoins the stately home of Kenwood House and its grounds. The south-east part of the Heath is Parliament Hill, whose view over London is protected by law. Tube stations: Hampstead, Highgate Overground stations: Gospel park, Hampstead Heath
  • Burgess Park At 56 hectares, Burgess Park is Southwark's largest park stretching from Camberwell and Walworth in the west to Peckham and the Old Kent Road in the east. It has a cafe, sports ground and Glengal Wharf Garden where there is a food growing project. Nearest tube: Elephant and Castle