10 calming places in London to visit after work

Sometimes you just need to hit pause and slow down. London offers an abundance of leafy green parks but sometimes you need something a little quieter to properly unwind. We’ve discovered the cities best spots to chill out in after work.

  1. Bushy Park, Hampton

Often overlooked by the likes of Richmond Park, Bushy Park boosts idyllic views of the tree-lined avenue and a water garden filled with wildlife, making it the perfect spot to de-stress and take in the scenery.

  1. Phytology Medicinal Garden, Bethnal Green

Access to nature in a growing urban population is essential for wellbeing and this garden provides a space of remedy away from London’s stresses. It even allows you the opportunity to get involved and help harvest the plants they grow to use in traditional and conventional medicine.

  1. Phoenix Garden, Covent Garden

Situated just behind Charring Cross station, this is an ideal spot for a quiet lunch break away from your desk. Look out for the West-End’s only frogs that live here amongst the blooming garden.

  1. Skip Garden, Kings Cross

Not only does Skip Garden offer a charming oasis of wild flowers, vegetables and beehives, you can also sample some of the delicious food that’s grown and prepared onsite. Enjoy the quirky features throughout the urban garden that have all been built out of recycled materials.

  1. Kyoto Garden, Holland Park

Experience a piece of Japanese Zen and surround yourself with tranquil waterfalls and roaming peacocks situated in Holland Park. Filled with Japanese inspired features you’ll soon forget that you’re still in London in this authentic garden.

  1. St Dunstan-in-the East, Aldgate

The ruins of St Dunstan in the East church provide a beautifully tranquil spot to explore in the centre of London. Unruly trees grow through the ruin windows and up the walls, with the surprising addition of exotic palm trees dotted throughout the grounds.

  1. Hampstead Hill Garden & Pergola, Hampstead

A place for all seasons, the overgrown vines and autumnal leaves create a magical feel, enough to make you forget about the stresses of busy London life. It also offers great views over the Heath and a fantastic spot to explore.

  1. Isabella Plantation, Richmond

If you’re looking for something greener than your local park, Isabella Plantation is a 40 acre woodland garden filled with unusual trees, exotic plants and wildlife. With various refreshment points nearby, it’s an idyllic spot for those wanting to wander aimlessly and unwind.

  1. Lavender Garden, Vauxhall Park

Feeling stressed? Take a trip to this lavender filled field to help reduce anxieties. Located between the rose pergola and model village in Vauxhall Park, this garden is surrounded by benches making it the perfect spot to eat your lunch whilst taking in the calming aroma.

  1. St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hoxton

Situated close to Hoxton Overground, the garden is looked after by individuals suffering with long-term health issues and so focuses on being a place to promote wellbeing. Although it is smaller than other urban gardens, it comprises of beehives, woodland area, wildflower meadow and a pond so you won’t run out of spaces to relax by.