Posted on 3 September 2020
After the Covid-19 epidemic imposed lockdown, we all have come to appreciate the open air and the greenery that surrounds us. And with summer here, it behoves us to spend some time in nature taking in the wonderful sights and sounds that bring joy to our hearts by simply strolling in a park/garden.
Here are a few parks & gardens in London that definitely deserve a visit this summer:
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew:
Travel the world at Kew! Delve into the jungle, meditate in a Japanese garden or meander amongst the Mediterranean olive groves not to mention the opportunity to experience the Himalayas with their incredible Rhododendron Dell. The Royal Botanical Garden is open till 16 October 2020 and requires advance booking to select a visiting slot as part of the social distancing safety measures taken by them.
Built in 1705, Buckingham House was acquired by George III in 1761 and Lancelot Brown laid out the grounds. The house was later on converted into the Palace by John Nash in the nineteenth century. An interesting fact about the palace's lake is that, it was man-made in 1828! Though these gardens are the Queen's private property, some parts are open to the public during August and September.
The Chiswick House itself is one of the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture. Inspired by classical Italian architecture which was completely different from the Baroque style fashionable during that era. These gardens are known as the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement. Explore 65 acres of classical landscapes, fragrant formal gardens, sweeping vistas and wonderful woodland wilderness. Please make sure to read their guidelines and terms before booking a ticket!
Kyoto Garden (Holland Park)
Considered as one of the more beautiful gardens within Holland park, the Kyoto garden offers a unique, Japanese-style landscape that is just perfect for some quite reflection. This traditional Japanese garden is filled with tranquil tiered waterfalls, stone lanterns and a serene pond filled with gorgeous Koi carp. You may even spot a peacock or two wandering around during your visit!
Set right in the heart of London covering 350 acres of land, Hyde park is internationally quite well known and has a lot to offer to both tourists and locals alike. The park is also host to world-class events and concerts that may have taken a step back due to Covid-19, but the park has plenty of quiet places to relax and unwind. You can take an open water swim in the Serpentine lake or dip your toes in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial fountain. Hyde park has something for everyone - for the activist, for the sports enthusiast, for the reader and for the wanderer!
The city of London also has many smaller gardens and parks that are just perfect for the impromptu walk after brunch in the city. But these marvels of gardening and planning are worth a weekend staycation to fully enjoy all that they have to offer!