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HCD picks: London’s best outside spaces

Now that the sun is finally showing its face, we thought we’d share some of our favourite outside spots in London. Places to walk, places to relax and places to feed some chickens. We’ve covered it all.

Read on to find out where to enjoy the great outdoors within the city this spring.


Somerset House Courtyard, Covent Garden

Benjamin Olafsson, Construction Manager

“The courtyard has so much going on all the time: gigs, movies and a whole host of cultural events. You can experience it all in the fresh air with no wind. When the sun goes down, the whole of Somerset House is lit up with wild colours that replicate the event. It really makes the place feel alive.”



Parkland Walk, Haringey

Ben Lampert, Development Director

“The Parkland Walk follows the course of an old railway line that ran between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. It’s essentially a kind of urban nature reserve where you can walk along the old bridges, an old railway platform and even some tunnels which have been turned into a bat sanctuary.”


Meanwhile Gardens, Ladbroke Grove

Natalie Smith, Brand Manager

“Meanwhile Community Gardens is nestled between the Grand Union Canal and the Brutalist icon, Trellick Tower. It’s incredibly peaceful. As you wander through each section from the Moroccan Garden, past the ponds and through to the skate park bowls, it’s easy to forget that you’re in London.”



Finsbury Park, Harringay

Michael Jonas, Accounts

“Finsbury Park is actually in the centre of Inner-City North London if you look at it from a geographical point of view. So, it can be dubbed the heart of the North side. Every year it hosts one of the UK’s largest festivals – Wireless Festival – as well as many other events and funfairs. It’s a great place to go whether you’re taking your dog for a walk, going for a run or just sitting and soaking up the sun (not that we get a lot of it!).”


Kew Gardens, Richmond

Dimitrios Dakos, Design & Technical Director

“Kew is the perfect place to go on a sunny day, you really can’t go wrong. There’s more flora and fauna than you can shake a stick at, including some very friendly birds. Just last weekend the Temperate House (the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse) was reopened after five years of renovations. And it’s a great experience at Christmas, too.”



Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets

Shirley Gentry, Procurement Manager

“Victoria Park is filled with beautiful scenery which makes it a lovely place to relax, walk and jog. In the summer months there are always fun things to do – festivals, the boating lake, outdoor gym, tennis/cricket courts and cafes.”


The Mall, Westminster

Austin Lipman, Land Buyer

“The Mall leads from Trafalgar Square through Admiralty Arch, all the way to Buckingham Palace. It’s a lovely walk down the wide, tree-lined pavement alongside St James’s Park. It’s especially nice when the sun is shining.”



Madison Rooftop Bar, St Paul’s

Lauren McCluskey, Head of Customer Experience

“From Madison you get a great view of London with the beautiful domes of St Paul’s in the foreground. I love going for drinks there in the summer because, unlike many other terraces, it’s nice and open and doesn’t feel packed.”


Hackney City Farm, Haggerston

Jonathan Ellis, Managing Director

“Our new neighbour on Hackney Road is a great place to visit on a summery day. Inner city farms are very rare and are a lovely way to give children (and parents alike) a taste of the countryside. Hackney City Farm is home to plenty of furry creatures and also hosts some great activities – pottery classes and mosaic making. As well as all this, it’s next door to Haggerston Park, another great outside space.”



Holland Park, Kensington

Jonni Mott, Commercial Director

“Holland Park is a little gem in Notting Hill away from the hustle and bustle of Portobello Road. I love the wild woodland and formal gardens where you’re able to see peacocks and tonnes of squirrels. The park has a cafe where you can grab a coffee and sit in the sunshine, as well as the Belvedere Restaurant. There are also two Japanese gardens where you can sit and feed the koi carp in the ponds.”



If you’ve visited any of these spots, or have somewhere you think we should know about, let us know via our social media channels.