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6 Impromptu Picnic Spots You Must Visit Near Your London Hotel

Updated on August 8, 2013
St Dunstan in the East
St Dunstan in the East

London is a spectacular city that welcomes both travel enthusiasts and tourists alike. Much like its usual tourist attractions such as Big Ben, London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral, there are few secret picnic spots, which travellers are unaware about. The fabulous weather and weekends in the city provide you perfect set up to laze around at these spots.

Search a nearby accommodation in London through so that you can simply walk down to these picnic spots to relax and enjoy an adult affair with your dear one:

St Dunstan-in-the-East

St Dunstan-in-the-East is a medieval church that was destroyed during the Blitz in the capital. Instead of rebuilding the church, the site was turned into a beautiful public garden. If you come here with your friends, you will find an oasis of serenity and peace from the bustle of the city. The majestic windows and walls have been decorated with ornamental vine, Virginia creeper, and Vitis coignetiae that turns into crimson during autumn. Rare exotic plants such as Phormium, New Zealand flax, Cytisus battandieri, and Moroccan broom thrive here in sheltered conditions too.

Address: St Dunstan’s Hill, London EC4

Nearest Tube: Tower Hill

Kyoto Gardens
Kyoto Gardens

Kyoto Gardens

Located within the beautiful Holland Park, Kyoto Gardens is an ideal site to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of Central London. The serenity and peaceful atmosphere here will wash away your worries, giving you an opportunity to explore the nature. Kyoto is a formal Japanese water garden, constructed in 1991 to celebrate London Japan festival. If you are staying at romantic hotels in Kensington, make sure you take your loved one to Kyoto Gardens to explore the wonderful stone temple, fountain, bridge, waterfall, and a koi carp pond.

Address: Abbotsbury Road, West Kensington, London W11 4UA

Nearest tube: Holland Park

Fulham Palace Gardens
Fulham Palace Gardens

Fulham Palace Gardens

Known as the home of Bishops of London, Fulham Palace features a charming botanical garden with plenty of rare trees. The historic evergreen oak stands tall here from more than 450 years as the Great Tree of London. It is a peaceful picnic spot where you can relax and enjoy various recreation activities. Other important things to see here are an orchard, wisteria pergola, an 18th century walled garden featuring lot of herbs, and some beautiful meadows. For your caffeine addiction, head to the famous Drawing Room Café within the garden, giving you splendid botanic views.

Address: Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham, London, SW6 6EA

Nearest Tube: Putney Bridge

Horiman's Gardens
Horiman's Gardens

Horniman Museum & Gardens

Horniman’s Gardens are perfect links between medicine, plants, food, dyes, and materials. They have incredible displays created by curators and gardeners, using both indoor and outdoor collections. You can relax here and see stunning views of gardens dedicated to wildlife, sound, food, and many more. Band Stand in the garden is the focal point for various summer events and films screenings. In addition, a pavilion plays host to number of public and educational events. To see beautiful floral displays during spring and summer, do visit the spectacular Sunken Garden.

Address: 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ

Nearest Station: Forrest Hill

Waterlow Park
Waterlow Park

Waterlow Park

Located to the south of Highgate Village, Waterlow Park provides panoramic views over London. It was donated by Sir Sidney Waterlow to Londoners in 1889 as a ‘garden for the gardenless’. This park features tree lined walkways, ornamental bedding, three ponds, a play area and infants playground. It includes mature shrub beds, expanses of lawn, 6 tennis courts, and herbaceous borders too. Within the park, you can explore the historic Lauderdale House, featuring formal terraced gardens, arts and exhibition centre, and a café.

Address: 130 Highgate Hill, Highgate, London N6

Nearest tube: Archway

St. Johns Lodge Gardens

Away from most of London tourists, St. Johns Lodge Gardens remains one of the most charming picnic spots for family outings. It is located within the Inner Circle of famous Regent’s Park, making it a fantastic destination to spend some peaceful time in the capital. It is beautiful landscaped garden with plenty of shaped spaces on the villa axis. There is also a sunken lawn extending from the forecourt of the villa to a circular garden. You can see a statue of St John the Baptist and an oval tennis lawn in the garden.

Address: Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NX

Nearest Tube: Regent’s Park

Pick any of these serene spots and enjoy a fabulous picnic in London. Book an early stay at top London hotels and simply relax in the tranquil atmosphere of these gardens.


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    • ameliam.michelle1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ameliam Michelle 

      6 years ago from London, England

      Thank you!

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      Ameliam Michelle 

      6 years ago from London, England

      Thank you!

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      Beth Perry 

      6 years ago from Tennesee

      Oh, what heavenly vines growing there, absolutely beautiful! And I enjoyed reading the informative Hub!


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