Top 10 Green Spaces

Top 10 things to do in Camden

We all crave the quiet from time to time. Especially in a metropolis like London, it can sometimes seem like the world is made entirely of grey concrete and black asphalt. But did you know Camden is one of London’s greenest boroughs? For those of us who like to escape the city from time to time, LoveCamden has put together a Top 10 Green Spaces!

 

1.    Hampstead Heath & Golders Hill Park

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Hampstead Heath (c) londoncyclist.co.uk

 

One of London’s most popular green spaces, Hampstead Heath boasts 790 acres and is an oasis of greenery and wildlife. Located only six kilometres from the hustle and bustle of Trafalgar Square, the Heath introduces sloping hills, secret ponds, woodlands, a lido and children’s playgrounds into the city. On the southeast side of the Heath you can find Parliament Hill, which will give you the most stunning views of London.

 

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2.    Regent’s Park

 

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Regent's Park (c) flickr.com

 

Originally designed by John Nash, the Grade 1 listed Regent’s Park is one the Royal Parks in London and covers 395 acres – including the famous Queen Mary's Gardens, featuring more than 12,000 roses. The park also houses Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre, an amazing, fully uncovered theatre that has a reputation for putting on great productions like the Sound of Music and To Kill a Mockingbird during the summer months. And as if that isn’t enough, this is also where you’ll find the famous London Zoo and Primrose Hill.

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3.    Camley Street Natural Park

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Camley Street Park (c) kingscross.co.uk

 

Once a coal drop for the King’s Cross Railways, Camley Park was turned into a nature reserve in 1985. These days it is a refugee for frogs, butterflies, birds and plant life – and thousands of visitors looking for a little peace and quiet. Tucked away between King’s Cross and St. Pancras Station, Camley Park is a real urban nature gem sporting woodland, grassland and wetland habitats including ponds, reed beds and marshy areas.  

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4.    Waterlow Park & Highgate cemetery

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Waterlow Park (c) youramazingplaces.com

 

Given to the public by Sir Sidney Waterlow as a “garden for the gardenless” in 1889, Waterlow Park is a 26-acre park on the south side of Highgate Village. On the edge of the park you will find Lauderdale House, where you can relax with a cuppa or attend art events. Waterlow Park also has a tennis court and an area for kids to play around.

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5.    Primrose Hill

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Primrose Hill is one of those places you will never forget: there is always something romantic in the air. Once a place where duals were fought and prize-fights took place, the park is now an oasis of tranquillity. Located on the northern side of Regent’s Park, the hill offers great views of London but also has an outdoor gym and a children’s playground. Have a look out for the English Heritage Blue Plaques in the area; they tell a great story of the famous residents that once lived here, such as Sylvia Plath and Friedrich Engels.  

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6.    Talacre Gardens

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This large open space, located between Chalk Farm and Kentish Town, is a great, family friendly destination if you’re in the area. Sporting a children’s playground, a planted seating area, grassy fields, pathways and benches, you can’t really go wrong here. There is even area for dog exercising! Grab a snack from the deli opposite the south entrance and don’t forget to check out the architecture of the “Solar House,” located on the north end.

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7.    Russell Square

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Russel Square (c) attractionsinlondon.com

 

Built by Humphrey Repton in 1806 and often featured in literature, Russell Square in Bloomsbury is somewhat of a celebrity in its own right. Named after the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, this green haven has a distinct upper-middle class, 19th century feel to it. Surrounded by the University of London campus and the British Museum, the square finds itself literally on the threshold of academia, history and art. There is a café in the heart of the square, which is a popular lunchtime spot for students and professionals alike.

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8.    Coram Fields

 

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Coram Fields (c) wavetomummy.com

For the youngest amongst us there is Coram Fields: a seven acre playground, especially designed for kids, that includes a Youth Centre, Children's Centre, Community Nursery, Sports Programme, a city farm and a café that is open from March until October. It hosts several great events all year long, like Family Fireworks and The Bloomsbury Festival. The park is open to kids up until 16 years old and can be found between King’s Cross and Holborn.

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9.    Tavistock Square

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Tavistock Square (c) londoniscool.com

 

Regarded by some as a “peace garden”, Tavistock Square is home to three remarkable public works of remembrance: a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, a cherry tree dedicated to the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Conscientious Objectors Commemorative Stone. With its fine trees, shrubs and flowerbeds, Tavistock Square is calm and beautiful. Don’t forget to check out the bust of Virginia Woolf on the southwest corner of the square. The famous writer used to live on number 52, Tavistock Square, before the building was demolished during WW2.  

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10. Swiss Cottage Open Space

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Swiss Cottage (c) landscapeiskim.wordpress.com

 

A popular spot for families, Swiss Cottage Open Space features a large fountain, an outdoor gym, and a playground. Located next to Swiss Cottage Library, the space is designed for people to relax and enjoy themselves. Have a scramble in the gym or try your luck at the fountains on a sunny day!

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Worthy mentions:

Want to visit more green spaces in Camden? Wander around these green destinations: Regents Canal, Brunswick Square, Bedford Square and Bloomsbury Square Gardens are all worth your time!

 

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