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Sunday, 20 March 2016

City Spaces - London hideaways

As part of our 'City Living' month I thought it would be apt to share my top 5 places to go when I need a little space from the bustling streets of London.  There are of course the obvious places like Regents Park, Kensington Gardens and not forgetting that green oasis in the East, Victoria Park.  But what about those small hideaways where you can take an hour to sit back and people watch, or get lost in a good book?

1. Dalston Eastern Curve Garden 
This is definitely up there as one my favourite spots. Lovely and calm on a nice sunny day and a great vibe in the summer evenings if you fancy a tipple with your relaxation time.

2. St Dunstan in the East
An absolute gem right in the heart of the city, this is a Grade II listed site, consisting of ruins of a former church and churchyard.  The gothic arches and winding plants make this a nice spot when you just need to get back into your own head space!

(image: Visit London)

3. Hampstead Hill Garden and Pergola
Sometimes on a sunny weekend I really love taking a long walk through Golders Green Park through to Hampstead Heath.  I've done it countless times, but only a couple of years ago did I come by Hampstead Hill Garden and Pergola.  I'm not entirely sure how I had missed it before, but glad to have found it now!

(image: Adrian Chandler)

4.  Brown Hart Gardens
It doesn't matter what day of the week it is, Oxford Street is a seriously busy place, but just a hop away is the Brown Hart Gardens. Lovely big benches mean you can sit back and have a little nap after all that mooching around the shops!

5. Holland Park Kyoto Garden
OK, so this one isn't too hidden, but it's hands down the most beautiful and idyllic spot for when you just need some time out.

(image: Regis Lampert)

Did your favourite city space not make it on my list? Don't be shy, tell us your favourite sanctuary below and share the love.

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