Things to do in London

Best London places to enjoy some peace and quiet

21:49 31 March 2012

The Kyoto Japan Garden in Holland Park

The Kyoto Japan Garden in Holland Park

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With London being a city that never sleeps, you might think it would be hard to escape all the hustle and bustle.

But actually the city has a surprisingly high number of peaceful green spots which are perfect for getting away from it all for a quick relaxing breather or for a longer soothing afternoon out of the stresses of London life.

London24 has found four of the best places to find some peace, quiet and tranquillity.

Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea, SW3

Founded in 1673 for the study of plants medicinal qualities, this beautiful site is Londons oldest botanic garden and one of the most serene places anywhere in the capital. Located near many attractions so its perfect for some brief respite during a busy day out.

Station: Sloane Square

chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Kensington Roof Gardens, Kensington, W8

Part of Sir Richard Bransons Virgin Limited Edition collection of unique retreats, the roof gardens 100ft above Kensington High Street are an oasis of tranquillity which is home to more than 70 trees, a flowing stream and wildlife including pink flamingos.

Station: High St Kensington

www.roofgardens.virgin.com

Kyoto Garden, West Kensington, W11

Located within Holland Park, this Japanese-themed garden with its cascading waterfall offers exotic surroundings in which to enjoy a few moments of calm in the capital for gathering your thoughts. Also makes a great spot to take a book and unwind for longer.

Station: Holland Park

www.rbkc.gov.uk

Bunhill Fields Cemetery, Islington, EC1Y

This former burial site for Nonconformists is home to the graves of many notable people including Daniel Defoe and William Blake. These days it is an atmospheric haven for stressed workers seeking sanctuary from their busy lives in the City.

Station: Old Street

www.english-heritage.org.uk

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