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Whilst London is famous for its busy streets and energetic buzz, hidden within the city are beautiful gardens and parks where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a breath of fresh air.

Whether you’re taking in the busy surroundings of Oxford Street or taking a quiet stroll through one of London’s parks, there is something for everyone. Here are 10 of the best places to walk in London.

1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Just 30 minutes away from Central London, walking around the Kew Botanical Gardens will have you convinced you’re in a fairy-tale. With several different gardens and over 50,000 types of plants there is plenty to explore, and it’s safe to say that the gardens are somewhat magical.

From a Japanese Landscape to an indoor Rainforest, you can travel the world in just one visit – perfect for families, couples and individuals.

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2. Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

This Japanese garden is a hidden gem situated within London’s Holland Park. Waterfalls and exotic plants contribute to the oriental theme of the garden which is perfect for finding some time to relax and reflect. Hard to believe this is less than two miles away from Shepherd’s Bush!

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3. The Jubilee Greenway

The canal route between Little Venice and Camden is a two mile stretch and whatever the weather this quiet walk will make you feel like you’re out in the countryside.

The walk is especially lovely during summer when colourful canal barges make their way along the canal, but it is just as picturesque during the winter season when snow sits on top of the trees and
boats.

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4. Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath nature reserve offers a natural and organic walk with great spots to view the city. It is one of the biggest green areas in London and is, therefore, home to plenty of wildlife, including the largest bat roost in London, muntjac deer, terrapins and grass snakes. This breathtaking the nature reserve is a must-visit when in London.

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5. London South Bank

One of London’s best walks is walking along with London South Bank. Starting at Westminster Bridge, walking along with the South Bank during the day you will walk alongside commuters, tourists and traders as you walk past famous landmarks Big Ben and the London Eye. Even at night, you won’t get peace and quiet on this walk though, as the riverside is lit up by neon lights – a great sight to see.

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6. Oxford Street

As the world’s biggest high street, there is never a dull moment on Oxford Street, and walking down it you will experience the energy of London life.

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7. Postman’s Park

Take a stroll through history at Postman’s Park. Just around the corner from St. Paul’s Cathedral, it was formerly the headquarters of the General Post Office, hence its name.

There is a memorial within the park that commemorates the deaths of 62 individuals (men, women, and children) who lost their lives while attempting to save another.

This is another peaceful place within inner-city London that is perfect to explore.

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8. Chinatown

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture by walking through Chinatown. The street is vividly decorated in authentic red and gold decorations, and Chinese lanterns light up the streets – not to mention there are plenty of places to get amazing Chinese food!

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9. Morden Hall Park

This park has it all – walk along the river, stroll through the rose garden or explore hidden views. Morden Park is home to cormorants and herons, as well as over 100 other species of birds, making it the perfect place to bird-watch.

The park is open all year round and entry is free, and although it is situated in a built-up area of London, the park transports you to a quiet
paradise.

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10. London’s Roman City Wall Walk

Beginning at the Tower of London and finishing at the Museum of London, the route educates you about the city wall which was built by the Romans. The route is 2.8km and only some parts of the wall remain, but each of the ruins have plaques on them to give information on the history of the wall. The walk takes you through central London, with many things to do and see along the way – and it’s free.

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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