London is a city of contrasts, from its towering skyscrapers to its hidden green spaces there is so much to discover and delight in. What comes as a surprise is that over a third of London is made up of green spaces be it royal parks and ancient woodlands for leisurely strolls or challenging routes for memorable hikes. All you need to do is book yourself a luxe stay at the ideally located Park Grand London Lancaster Gate and read our guide to some amazing walks in the city.
Royal Parks-Trafalgar Square to Lancaster Gate
Spanning 4.5 km, this historically rich tour starts in the very lively Trafalgar Square. After a short walk-through Admiralty Arch, you’ll find yourself in St James Park, known for the rare white pelicans that inhabit the lake. In fact, the very famous Buckingham Palace is located at the end of the mall that runs adjacent to the park. From here, head to Green Park’s Broad Walk, which is lined with plane trees that ensure a tranquil walk in nature. Now an elegantly manicured triangle of grassland, Green Park had a less than salubrious history in the Middle Ages, as it was used as a burial ground for lepers.
Next, in Hyde Park, you can find Rotten Row, a former horse-racing track that is now a popular spot to indulge in walking, horse riding and cycling. There is also a formal rose garden, and the secluded Dell, which is a beautiful spot with overhanging maple and plane trees where the fresh air is sure to revitalise you. In fact, there are several restaurants in Lancaster, only moments away from Hyde Park where you can enjoy delectable meals along the way. The very popular and serene Serpentine Lake, Diana Memorial Fountain, and the contemporary Serpentine art gallery are all on the way, leading to the final and most beautiful spot on the route- the Kensington Gardens, home to the famous Peter Pan statue, for the kids to explore and enjoy.
Camden to Little Venice along the Regent’s Canal
This easy breezy 5-kilometre walk along the Regent’s Canal is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and see some of London’s most interesting sights, all near to your central London accommodation. The route begins in Camden, a vibrant and eclectic neighbourhood known for of course, the Camden market where you are sure to find some great stuff to buy on the way. Head north up towards the High Street to reach the canal path that’ll ultimately lead you to Primrose Hill, a leafy and affluent area with stunning views of the city. Along the way, you’ll pass by slick apartment buildings, Victorian bridges, and the gardens of Georgian houses that are sure to leave you mesmerised. You’ll also get to see London Zoo and Regent’s Park, marking its spot as one of the most popular parks in town.
To continue the route beyond Regent’s Park, take the signposted crossing point and go through Maida Hill Tunnel. This will lead you to Blomfield Road Moorings, where you will see bright houseboats with blooming flowers. A bit further ahead is Little Venice, a charming canal basin that was once known as Browning’s Pool. Today, Little Venice is home to floating cafés with the best variety of coffees and teas including the London chocolate afternoon tea and the Puppet Theatre Barge offering amazing, one-of-a-kind entertainment for people of all ages.