London remains an undeniable tourist destination. Indeed, the British capital, for five years, is at the top of the ranking of the most visited cities in the world with more than 18 million visitors, according to the index Global Destinations Cities developed by MasterCard. Its history, its “so British” culture and its many attractions attract more and more visitors every year.
The Royal Parks
The Royal Parks are the most famous and probably the most beautiful natural places in London. Around Greater London, the Royal Parks offer accessible gardens to relax in peace. In these large open spaces, you can observe wild deer, swim in a lido, go boating, attend outdoor concerts or theater and film screenings, ride horses, admire statues and fountains or simply picnic in the old fashioned way. Even in winter, I am attracted to the Royal Parks. They are filled with athletes of all ages working to achieve their goals. Whether it’s someone who’s competing in his first 5km Parkrun or a seasoned triathlete who enjoys cycling, swimming and racing to his next Ironman, there’s a real camaraderie between motorcyclists and runners. who continue their physical efforts, often with canine friends as a bonus.
The Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew
They are the mecca of nature in London! This vibrant expanse is home to more wildlife than you can imagine. When I feel a little depressed and need to take care of myself, Kew Gardens is my favorite destination all year round. My favorite place is the Palm House, a warm, humid greenhouse with vegetation that is more reminiscent of the Sumatran jungle than Zone 3 in London.
One of Kew’s must-see attractions is the tree-lined footpath, a wooden platform that cuts through the canopy of the trees so you can admire the gardens from a bird’s point of view.
The gardens are home to a variety of plants and trees among the various greenhouses and allotments and you can even learn a little more about the importance of bees in the structure of the seventeen foot hive.
This wild forest is in fact a quick and easy journey thanks to the Central Line. The region is particularly rich. Discover its history, its culture, its royal powder mills and its Iron Age adventures. Take the opportunity to test white water rafting.
For me, calm and tranquility in the middle of 2,400 hectares of Epping Forest is a real treasure. The forest is perfect for a long hike and although it is certainly not deserted, it is not particularly crowded either. You will surely come across some dog walkers, maybe a strange mountain biker exploring the trails and kids climbing trees. This merry refuge is the only outdoor space in London where I feel truly at home. (Although it is not technically permissible, wild camping is generally accepted as long as you respect the site and make yourself discreet, clean up after you and leave if you are asked).