Whilst you may initially associate London with tourist attractions such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Covent Garden, the English capital has so much more to offer, all of which can be enjoyed in the great outdoors. Read on to discover three great activities that you might not necessarily immediately think of when considering a trip to London, but ones which will certainly make your time in the city incredibly enjoyable.
Although you may see numerous cyclists around the capital as they take advantage of the many bikes introduced by the Mayor of London to get more people active, you may be surprised to know that the city has a number of stunning cycle routes on offer.
Enabling you to enjoy a spot of exercise at the same time as seeing some of the lesser viewed areas of the capital, an afternoon of cycling could be a great way to spend some of your leisure time. A ride along a stretch of the Regents Canal or through a leafy path alongside an unused railway line starting off at Finsbury Park can be an enjoyable activity for all the family!
With an array of cycle routes available, you can choose the type of route you would like to tackle, whether you fancy a nice easy route or something a little more advanced.
It is often said that the best way to see London is on foot, and from the major attractions through to specialist walking tours, this point is certainly emphasised. You can benefit from some great views when walking in and around London, particularly stunning on a stroll from the Tate Modern to the London Eye perhaps or alternatively on an afternoon jaunt from Blackheath to Greenwich Park.
Specialist walking tours also help you see the finer details of the streets you walk on, so whether you want to discover more on the mystery surrounding the Jack the Ripper murders or want to see the locations from one of your favourite films, a knowledgeable guide will be able to pass on all the information you could possibly want at the same time as ensuring you get plenty of exercise around the streets of the capital!
London is renowned for its beautiful parks so if you are looking to enjoy some time outdoors without having to splash the cash, taking a leisurely stroll around one of the many parks or enjoying a family picnic on a warm summer’s afternoon could be right up your street. The well known Hyde Park, Regents Park where you will also find London Zoo and St James’s Park can all be found within walking distance of Central London and will quickly transport you away to a seemingly other world with their sheer beauty and lack of hustle and bustle found just a few miles away.
Away from the city’s major parks, you will also find a number of local yet no less beautiful parks in the suburbs where you can while away the day. From Battersea Park through to Gladstone Park and Victoria Park, you can be blessed with beautiful views of the city coupled with gorgeous flower gardens and luscious green grass to spend time with your loved ones.
If you are heading to London and want to try something outdoors and a little off the beaten track, you will be on to a winner with any one of the three activities detailed above. Enjoy!
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This post was written by Oliver Kyle on behalf of Jack the Ripper Tours; a walking tour that transports you back in time to discover the facts on the infamous Jack the Ripper and the terrible crimes he committed back in 1888.