Escape the city: Six hidden spots in London to visit this weekend


Whether it’s an undiscovered quiet space to enjoy some post-lockdown reading, or a new jogging route to let off some steam; taking the time to get outdoors can bring a whole host of health benefits.

But as lockdown restrictions begin to ease and the London parks begin to fill, we’ve all had to get a little creative when it comes to making the most of our recreational time. Luckily for us, London has a plethora of hidden corners and stunning beauty spots to explore.

As part of the Sin Cities report from SlotsUp, the research team have revealed six remote outdoor spaces that can help city dwellers escape the hustle and bustle of London life.

Epping Forest

Epping Forest is a beautiful area stretching over 6,000 acres, from Manor Park in East London to the north of Epping in Essex. If you want to escape the city for the day, then Epping Forest is one of the best places in London to head to with your nearest and dearest.

The picturesque forest and areas of grassland and wetland offer a wonderful range of walking trails for individuals and families. Epping Forest is a Special Area of Conservation and is home to a variety of plants and species.

Keep your eyes peeled for the forest’s resident tawny owls or bats, or head on an adventure to discover the 1600 species of weird and wonderful fungi the forest has.

Location: The Warren, Loughton, Essex IG10 4RW

Syon Park

Bring the world of the Bridgertons and Featheringtons to life by heading to Syon Park, one of the most notorious filming locations of the hit Netflix series Bridgerton. Steeped in history, the building holds a wealth of art for visitors to admire within its grand interior decor display.

Syon Park’s gardens are renowned for their extensive collection of rare trees and plants, stretching over 40 acres of green land. One of the many highlights of the location is the jawdropping view across the water meadows towards the River Thames.

Location: Brent Lea, Brentford TW8 8JF

St Dunstan in the East

A place of enormous character, charm, and history, St Dunstan in the East is a fantastic escape from London’s busy streets. Renowned for its historical interest, the peaceful park is a unique space set within the Wren church’s bombed-out ruins.

St Dunstan in the East is one of London’s most enchanting parks, with benches for relaxing and a fountain to admire as you kick back and enjoying the tranquillity.

Don’t forget to bring your camera, as the church ruins draped in greenery, while the sun shines down between the tower and steeple is the person shot to capture.

Location: St Dunstan’s Hill, London EC3R 5DD

Mile End Park

Escape the urban sprawl and get a taste of countryside life in one of London’s most peaceful locations, Mile End Park. Stretched over 32 hectares, the park follows the Regent’s Canal from Victoria Park to Limehouse Basin.

See London’s wildlife right at home in this spacious, picturesque park. The greenery and forest areas throughout the park are home to a rich array of wildlife, from birds to butterflies and even bees.

Bring the whole family along to discover the 400 species of beetles, including the rare Streaked Bombardier, and the 170 spider species.

Location: Clinton Rd, London E3 4QY

Postman’s Park

Find peace in the City of London at the secluded Postman’s Park, just north of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The quaint spot is packed with history. Within the park you can find the memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice. The 54 ceramic plaques pay tribute to the deeds of bravery by ordinary people who died, saving the lives of others.

Grab a coffee from the local cafe and take in the history and tranquillity of Postman’s park.

Location: King Edward St, London EC1A 7BT

Battersea Park

If you are looking for a leisurely walk with lots of places to sit and take in London’s epic views, then Battersea Park is the ideal place to visit. The park is a great place to kick back and relax with friends and family, so don’t forget to bring a picnic along.

Located around three kilometres south of Hyde Park, Battersea Park is a breath of fresh air from the chaotic streets of central London. Boosting 200 acres of green space, the park has a lot to offer for the whole family. It has a riverside promenade, a lake, notable trees and ecological areas to discover, children’s play areas and sports facilities.

Location: Battersea, London SW11 4NJ