London is known as a thriving metropolitan city, but it’s also filled with unexpectedly calm and relaxing green spaces. Some of the larger parks and greeneries in the city are well documented, but this is a quick compilation of the most significant smaller green spaces which you may not have heard about – perfect for relaxing when you need to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Working as a touching monument to self-sacrifice as well as an active green space, Postman’s Park is situated just a short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral. It contains George Frederick Watt’s artwork of 50 ceramic plaques, each one dedicated to someone who gave their life to save others. As a poignant way to spend some time in nature, it’s unbeatable – and certainly a memorable addition to any trip to the Montcalm Hotel London.
The Phoenix Garden
This delightful green space is maintained through donations from the public and is much cherished by fans and followers who regard it as a true oasis from city life. As a community space, the Phoenix Garden relies on volunteers and uses only sustainable techniques and an innovative, forward-thinking approach to city gardening. Wildlife is cultivated and there are a range of events throughout the year designed to encourage future involvement by the community.
This is great space to relax over lunch and there are plentiful sparrows and frogs as a result of the successful initiatives put in place for a more sustainable and ecologically friendly future. There’s a lovely coffee stall nearby for those who want to relax with a cuppa and watch the world go by during their stay at the Montcalm Hotel London.
Red Cross Garden
When you’re making the most of our London city hotel deals, be sure to head over to this delightful greenery, originally designed to give underprivileged Victorian children a space in nature to play. Now restored to its former glory, there’s a relaxed bandstand and a wonderfully convivial atmosphere, which makes it hard to picture the garden against its original backdrop of workhouses and slums back at its inception in 1887. This too though paints a vivid picture of the social reforms put in place over the intervening years.
This community regeneration project has grown incredibly quickly since its initial launch, supported by enthusiastic locals who have discovered the jobs of gardening and sustainability. Described as an urban garden, the project transforms waste products from the nearby building works and makes them into planters. Food is grown here, including beans, chillies and pumpkins – and there’s plenty of chickens soaking up the atmosphere alongside the human visitors. The venue regularly hosts seasonal feasts of the product cultivated, to help spread the word about the garden’s work. If you’re staying in the local area, this is a great way to get involved with an important community project and find out more about endeavours in city gardening.