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Parks & Nature in London

“Covering 350 acres, Hyde Park is London's largest open space and has been a destination for sightseers since 1635. One of the park's highlights is the Serpentine, an 18th-century man-made lake popular for boating and swimming. Hyde Park is also where you'll find Speakers' Corner, a traditional forum for free speech (and heckling). Another Hyde Park landmark is Apsley House, former home of the first Duke of Wellington and purchased after his famous victory at Waterloo. Now a museum, it houses Wellington's magnificent collections of paintings, including Velázquez's The Waterseller of Seville, along with gifts presented by grateful European kings and emperors. England's greatest hero is also commemorated at the Wellington Arch.”
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“Regent's Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. It lies within north-west London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden.”
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“Hampstead Heath is a wild park of woodland and meadows. There are few better ways to spend a Sunday in London than with a lazy ramble on the Heath, followed by a wonderful Sunday lunch at a local pub, like the Holly Bush. The swimming ponds are open for swimming for those brave enough to take a dip. ”
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“Great park with a lovely cafe Pavillion Cafe that does great brunch and Sri Lankan dishes as well as sourdough bread and pastries. The park has got two amazing playgrounds, a boating pond and a skate park so great for families. ”
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“Stop off in London’s oldest Royal Park, Greenwich Park, for breathtaking views over the river Thames and the City of London. The former hunting park is still home to a small herd of deer, as well as the Prime Meridian Line, Royal Observatory, and several cafes.”
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“Explore the park, walk along the Thames and view the Peace Pagoda. Pop into the Pear Tree Cafe by the lake for a coffee or lunch. Their Maple cured bacon is really good!!”
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Rock Climbing Spot
“You can get there easily walking along the canal and there are plenty of green spaces and playgrounds, swimming pool and next to shopping centre Westfield Stratford. ”
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Scenic Lookout
“The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is a 95-storey supertall skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, London, that forms part of the Shard Quarter development”
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“Peter's Pan statue is here! You can experience flying trapeze booking a class that is open to the public in this park (gorilla circus website).”
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“The perfect place to go when you want to escape the city, there are regular trains from Vauxhall. You can hire a rowing boat or go for a long walk and spot some of the many red and fallow deer that roam freely around the park. ”
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Botanical Garden
“Just half an hour away by train - a stunning day out for the botanists out there.”
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“Situated west of Kensington Gardens, this city park is particularly attractive in the spring when tulips are in full bloom, and in summer when performances are staged at the open-air theatre. W8 6LU”
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“If you feel sporty in winter or you are too hot in summer, in the park is the London Fields Lido, a heated outdoor swimming pool for winter and cooled for summer for only the cost of 5 pounds you can swim in the heart of East London. ”
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“For centuries the hub of Britain's naval power, Greenwich is best known to tourists as the home of Cutty Sark, the last of the 19th-century tea clippers that sailed between Britain and China. The ship is adjacent to the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, with its exhibits showcasing more than 500 years of maritime history, and the Palladian mansion known as Queen's House. The impressive collections of the National Maritime Museum, the largest of its kind in the world, illustrate the history of the Royal Navy. One of the most unusual things to do in London is standing with one foot in each hemisphere, astride the Meridian Line in the Meridian Building in the Royal Observatory. The revitalized Docklands across the river has been transformed into an international place of business and recreation, filled with some of London's smartest new restaurants. The excellent Museum of London Docklands, in the old Georgian warehouses, brings to life the river, port, and its people from Roman times to the present through hands-on displays that are especially interesting for children.”
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“This is a brilliant small ethnographic museum and gardens about 20 minutes away by bus. It has lovely gardens and a great playground over the road too. It has a small aquarium, a great collection of animals, a gallery of musical instruments, and fun temporary exhibitions. It is excellent for children up to around 10 years old I'd say.”
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“One of my favourite runs as there is very little traffic on the way there through DeBeauvoir and Stoke Newington ”
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