With more people returning to work in London since the partial easing of lockdown, it can be difficult to know where to safely spend breaks and lunchtime outdoors. The major parks have become known for overcrowding, so are there any hidden gems around? At our London recruitment agency, we’ve been hearing about your favourite outdoor spaces in the capital.
The Phoenix Garden, Covent Garden
The Phoenix Garden is just around the corner from our PA recruitment agency and a perfect little corner of peace and tranquillity. Nestled between Tottenham Court Road and Covent Garden, it’s a wildlife haven where you might spot dragonflies, sparrows, and frogs. A leafy spot, it’s perfect for enjoying some shade and sunshine before heading back to the office.
The garden doesn’t receive any council funding, so donate to it if you can.
St Dunstan in the East
St Dunstan in the East can be found between Monument and the Tower of London. Now we’re allowed to sit on benches again, it’s a wonderful spot to spend your lunch break. Sitting in the interior of a bombed-out church, you’re transported to somewhere that feels more akin to a rural National Trust site. It’s in a great location for City workers wanting to get out of the office during their break.
Postman’s Park is, unsurprisingly, so-called because it’s a popular spot for posties. You’ll find it near St Paul’s Cathedral, meaning it’s very convenient for many office workers and perfect for temporary postal workers helping to keep deliveries going. Here, you’ll also find the moving Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice, featuring plaques commemorating individuals who died trying to save others. It’s a wonderful place to reflect on selflessness and the commitment of our NHS and key workers. You can find out more about the people on the plaques on the park’s website.
Abney Park Cemetery
Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington is an idyllic place for a socially distanced lunchtime stroll. The overgrown woods transport you from central London to an almost magical world. Walk past the old gravestones, and you’ll come out into a bright clearing surrounded by a chapel that was ruined by a fire in the 1970s. It’s a magical example of nature reclaiming a corner of a city.
Queen’s Wood is found across the road from the more popular Highgate Wood. Here, you’ll find mystical woodland full of dappled light bursting through the leaves. The hilly pathways meander past cherry trees, oaks, mountain ash, and beech trees – excellent for a wander and all just a short hop from Highgate underground station.
Take advantage of a quieter London during office hours and explore the capital’s lesser-known green spaces. But, if you’re heading out, make sure you stick to the 2-metre social distancing rule!
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