Chances are if you visit London, you’re not put off by crowds and the hustle and bustle of big city life.
But even if you love adventure, noise, and lights, sometimes we could all do with a few calm places to chill out and recharge.
Luckily, we have scoured this amazing city from top to bottom and discovered the best peaceful places in London that you can visit right now.
Do Relaxing Places in London Even Exist?
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It might be hard to believe, but there are a plethora of chilled out spots in London that are perfect to visit if you need a bit of zen in your life. And, let’s face it, with the year we’ve had, who doesn’t need that?
From quiet museums and little-known walks to secret gardens, London has some of the most gorgeous and memorable peaceful places you can find. Here, we share with you some of our favourites!
(Just try and keep them a secret eh?)
1. St Dunstan in the East
Considered to be one of the most tranquil and serene places in London, St. Dunstan in the East is a must-visit for anyone needing a bit of peace.
You would not believe this hidden jewel can be found in the middle of the City of London. The bombed-out ruins of the church of St Dunstan in the East have been standing since the 12th century. And although only the tower, steeple, and some walls still remain intact, in 1967 it was turned into a public park.
It’s an absolutely magical spot that needs to be on your must-see list.
2. Kyoto Gardens
One of our favourite quiet gardens in London is the breathtaking Kyoto Gardens, nestled in London’s Holland Park.
This beautiful oasis was built in 1992 to celebrate the Japan Festival. And wow, are we glad it was. You’ll find authentic Japanese features and flora, roaming peacocks, peaceful koi fish and babbling brooks. All a few minutes walk from High Street Kensington!
This is a beautiful and peaceful place, which is especially lovely to focus on your well-being and do a spot of yoga in.
3. Richmond Park
If you need a dose of nature to break up your city adventure, then escape to historic Richmond Park.
This is no ordinary greenspace. It has been a Royal Park for more than 400 years and is spacious enough to find your own peaceful spot among the hills, woodlands, and ancient trees. And if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the herds of wild deer that roam freely.
4. Queen Charlotte’s Cottage
If you find yourself having a wander around Kew Gardens, then make sure you hunt out this secret spot!
Queen Charlotte’s Cottage can be found at the end of a paddock. Built in the 18th century as a country retreat for the royal family. The paddock surrounding the cottage originally housed exotic animals. These days, however, you can enjoy a gorgeous, flourishing flower garden.
5. St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum
For a change of pace from the busy museums and galleries London has to offer, pay a visit to this quiet gem. The church of St Bartholomew’s dates back 900 years, and the little-known Hospital Museum is a magical find.
One of the more unusual places to visit in London, inside, you can find 12th-century documents, surgical equipment, art, and letters from Henry VIII.
6. The Thames Path
This has got to be one of the prettiest and best river walks London has to offer. Beginning at the Thames Flood Barrier in Woolwich, this 180 mile National Trail path stretches all the way to Gloucestershire.
Our favourite section of the walk passes Hampton Court Palace. You can stare in amazement at the palace while taking in the sights of the reservoirs and pretty houseboats. Make sure you wear your walking shoes!
7. Barbican Conservatory
OK, so the Barbican is not the prettiest from the outside – but don’t let that put you off visiting. Inside, on the top floor is the Barbican Conservatory. This is the second-largest conservatory in London and houses more than 2,000 species of plants.
Within the glass walls, you’ll be transported out of London, into a tropical paradise. Complete with palm trees, cacti and banana plants, colourful koi and wooden bridges, this is a tranquil place you will love to explore.
Relax in the Big City
Now you know some of our favourite peaceful places in London, you will always have a gorgeous place to relax and revive. Even during a busy day of sightseeing or shopping!
Which of these secret spots will you be adding to your must-see list?
Main image by Phil Riggins.
Claire Belle Freed is a copywriter and content writer who just loves writing. Probably a bit more than she should! When she isn’t writing blog posts, articles, web copy, and emails, you can find her cuddled up on the couch, sipping on copious cups of tea (only Yorkshire of course) and rewatching The Office and Schitt’s Creek for the 27th time.