London is on course to becoming one of the greenest cities in the world, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is campaigning to make London the first ever 'National Park City'. To celebrate, the first annual National Park City Week Week (21st-29th July) is currently being held in London. This week, over 270 events and activities are taking place across London to celebrate the city's green spaces, including family activities, urban wildlife exploration, boat trips, bike rides, walks and much more!
In the spirit of celebrating London's first National Park City Week, we have rounded up some of our favourite green spaces below.
This vast 200-acre green space is located on the south bank of the River Thames and opened in 1858, the area is now home to a small children's zoo, a boating lake and a band stand. There is also the Pump House Gallery located in a Grade 1 listed Victorian tower in the park. Another point of interest is the 9/11 memorial statue made from girders from the World Trade Centre, a moving commemorative piece.
Battersea Park is perfect place to relax and our Vista, Chelsea Bridge development has stunning views of the park
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Blackheath boasts a stunning 200 acres of protected lowland heathland within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The heath is home to the idyllic All Saints Church and is a site of special scientific interest, due to the rare soil and plants that can be found here. The views from the heath are second to none and it is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with family or friends. Nearby is the famous Greenwich Park with the Royal Observatory, a deer park and the National Maritime Museum amongst its many attractions.
Our Forbury Blackheath development in Blackheath is only a stone's throw away from this beautiful green space.
Victoria Embankment Gardens
Located on the north bank of the River Thames and opened in 1865, the embankment gardens are popular with local office workers who can be found relaxing here. The gardens are home to statues of poet Robert Burns and political economist John Stuart Mill. You can also grab a coffee from the lovely café and don't miss the magnificent tulips in late spring! The gardens are located by our stunning 190 Strand development, providing the perfect location for a few moments of tranquillity.
The gardens of St-Dunstan-In-The-East offer something slightly different 'hidden gem' in London. Located in the ruins of a church damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and ruined in the Blitz of 1941, this public garden opened to the public in 1970 and is of Grade 2 listed status. Vines, lawns and flowerbeds in the gardens create a tranquil and 'at one with nature' feel. The church is the perfect place for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and can also be rented out for private events. Located less than a mile away you can find our One Tower Bridge and Goodman's Fields developments.
As one of the first 'Great London Parks' created in the Victorian era, Finsbury Park boasts a great view of the city and 110 acres of rich, green space. The park was used as a place for pacifist meetings in the First World War and as an army training ground in the Second World War, so the area is rich with history. In the summer, the park becomes home to a range of music festivals and concerts, hosting the likes of Liam Gallagher and Queens of the Stone Age, with crowds of up to 45,000 people. Make sure not to miss the Mackenzie gardens, the perfect place for a calming walk with friends or family. Our Woodberry Down development, set in a natural waterside environment, is less than a mile away from the park.
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Over 50 acres of green space located on the grounds of a Jacobean house that was destroyed by bombings in the Second World War, the ruin now provides the backdrop for the open-air theatre in the park. The Japanese themed Kyoto and Fukushima memorial gardens are the perfect place for an afternoon stroll or for a moment of peace. For a spot of history, check out the restaurant located in Karl Marx's former residence.
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