By Chloe Grayson
With Tier 2 restrictions being placed on us Londoners, catching up with friends and family members from different households has become tricky, so we thought we’d recommend some of our favourite spots for autumnal walks in the city so you can take in the beautiful scenery whilst chatting away to your loved ones.
There really is no other place quite like Kew Gardens. Located just 30 minutes away from central London and featuring 140,000 trees dating all the way back to the 18th century, visiting this beautiful location in the autumn really allows you to appreciate the changing seasons and the crisp golden leaves. Another thing we love about Kew Gardens is the fun family activities available. Why not take part in the Gruffalo Trail this season where you can unleash your inner detective to find out what creatures live in the woodland. Bookings must be made in advance. Subject to availability.
St James’s park
Located minutes away from the city centre, St James’s Park is another one of our top six spots to head to this autumn for its fiery foliage and incredible views of Buckingham Palace. Did you know that pelicans have lived in St James’s Park for over 400 years? They were presented as a gift from the Russian Ambassador to King Charles II. Make sure you pay them a visit over at Duck Island whilst taking in the stunning views of the lake before you leave.
For breathtaking river views and traditional streetlights, we’d recommend heading to Chelsea Embankment for a walk this season. Featuring leafy plane trees that will arch above you and benches along the riverside for when you want to sit back and take in the view, this spot is known to be the most beautiful in autumn compared to any other season.
Set right in the heart of London, Hyde Park offers plenty of quiet places to relax and unwind. Featuring over 4,000 trees and covering an area of 230 acres, this spot is one of the greatest city parks in the world and is definitely one to visit this autumn. Why not enjoy a hot drink and a bite to eat at either Serpentine Bar and Kitchen or The Serpentine Lido Café. Both restaurants offer al fresco dining so you don’t have to worry about not being from the same household.
With Richmond Park being the largest of London’s Royal Parks, we just had to feature it as one of our top six. This spot is a top UK site for its ancient trees and supports a range of rare species including fungi, birds, beetles, bats, grasses and wildflowers. We’d recommend heading to Isabella Plantation, which is a beautiful 40-acre woodland garden to explore. Richmond Park is also a fantastic dog walking location but just be sure to keep your furry friend on a lead at all times and walk at a good distance away from the wild deer.
Last but definitely not least, this beautiful courtyard makes you feel like you’re walking through a fairy tale village rather than Kensington. Adorned with beautiful hanging vines, Kynance Mews is a lovely spot to head to for an autumn walk and is also an ideal location to capture some stunning shots for the gram.