The green green grass of London home
The urban sprawl is, fittingly, an urban myth as the Capital City is as verdant as it’s ever been. Here is Viewber’s guide to green locations in London...
Did you know that London became the world’s first National Park City in 2019 and as a result, there is a London National Park City Assembly with the sole purpose of making the capital greener, healthier and wilder? Did you also know that the Mayor of London has a target to make 50% of London physically green by 2050?
Don’t think you have to wait another 30 years to benefit from a more bucolic outlook though. Vast swathes of London are already covered in parks, fields, woods and wide open spaces – if you like stats, it’s reported that 40% of the city, or 35,000 acres, is given over to parks and green spaces already.
So where do city and country meet? In 2019, Life Residential conducted a survey among more than 700 Londoners from all 33 boroughs to find out where in the capital ranked best for a number of essential factors.
Taking the top four spots in the green space category were Richmond upon Thames (home to Bushy Park, Hampton Court, Kew Gardens and Richmond Park), with a 78% green space rating, followed by Wandsworth (75%), Ealing (72%) and Merton (72%). Home movers shouldn’t confine their search to only these areas as there’s a patch of grass with your name on it around every corner. Here’s a small sample of London locations to consider:-
By royal appointment
Some London parks have so much heritage and provenance that they are bestowed with a ‘Royal’ title. There are eight Royal parks in London: Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Greenwich Park, St James’s Park, The Green Park, Kensington Gardens, Bushy Park and Richmond Park. Each is known for first-class attractions that range from zoos, amphitheatres and boating lakes to observatories, sporting facilities and herds of wild deer.
A study by estate agent Savills found that Hackney in East London is the best place to raise a family, based on close proximity to green space. The borough’s Victoria Park and Olympic Park are prime examples, with over 213 acres and 560 acres, respectively. Although there are too many London parks to mention, Alexandra Park in North London is an award-winning open space with views to rival one of London’s other high points – Primrose Hill.
Clapham, Wandsworth, Plumstead, Wimbledon, Blackheath and Tooting are just some of London’s commons. They offer the perfect place to fly a kite, walk a dog, let children burn off excess energy or simply stroll in the fresh air.
If you like your open spaces untamed, head for the city’s heaths. The most famous has to be Hampstead Heath, known for its 790 acres of wild grass, meadows, woodlands and swimming ponds – elements reputed to have inspired C. S. Lewis to write The Chronicles of Narnia. Lesser known but just as enchanting is Putney Heath, which offers a tranquil respite from the A3.
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