Get more out of London with TfL
Taste new flavours, go wild outside and explore the world – all without leaving London
This summer it couldn't be easier to be a tourist in your own town. After work and all day at weekends, some of the most exciting experiences you could enjoy anywhere in the world are waiting for you.Enjoy cuisines from around the world, take to the air, see exotic animals, relax in beautiful countryside, or even board a UFO – all without leaving London. Most of them are FREE to enjoy and – even better – they’re easy to get to, with Transport for London.
London is one of the greenest cities on the planet. In fact it’s possible to walk from the Houses of Parliament to Notting Hill from one leafy square or park to another. From wildlife watching to cultural pleasures, the parks offer a perfect countryside escape.
Sitting elegantly at the top of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House and the pretty landscaped woods and lake in its grounds are a country escape just a couple of miles from central London. Remodelled in the 1700s by the most fashionable architect of the Georgian period, Robert Adam, it’s still a place building to visit, inside and out. Stroll along the avenue in front of the house, overlooking the lawns and lake, and imagine you’re promenading in your Sunday best in centuries gone by.
Archway tube then 210 bus - plan your journey now
- Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR
Without leaving central London you can get a feel for lake swimming at Serpentine Lido. There is a pretty paddling area for little ones, but the open water swimming is the real draw. Yes, people do row boats in the lake too, but there is a marked off area so you can splash freely about in the great outdoors before rewarding yourself with a coffee and a fabulous cake from the Lido Café Bar.
Lancaster Gate tube - plan your journey now
- W2 4RU
- £4.50, £3.50 concs, £1.50 child.
At London’s biggest royal park, the deer roam free, there are charming cafes for a break from your walk, and lots of trees for playing hide and seek, but the real star has to be the explosion of colour and the gorgeous floral scents of the Isabella Plantation. This ornamental woodland was originally planted in Victorian times and designed to be a place where Londoners could see exotic plants all year round. It continues to dazzle to this day.
Norbiton rail - plan your journey now
- Kings Rd, Surrey, TW10 5HS