If you’re looking to exchange the hustle and bustle of the city for some peace and quiet, there are some beautiful spots in London that can be found less than an hour away.
From beautiful forest land stretching over 6,000 acres, hidden historical ruins to the grounds of stately homes, there are plenty of places to go exploring with your four-legged friends.
With a bank holiday almost upon us, many London residents will be venturing around the region, looking for new and exciting spots to uncover. With this in mind, we asked the team at SlotsUp to share five remote outdoor spaces you can visit with your furry companion.*
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
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
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
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
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: London SW11 4NJ