London's peaceful bank holiday alternatives

If you want a more relaxing bank holiday weekend in London, follow our guide to the best green spaces, wildlife, historic places to visit and more. Check individual opening hours as some venues only open one or two days over the weekend

  • London's peaceful bank holiday alternatives

    Kyoto Gardens at Holland Park © Andrew Brackenbury

  • Wildlife watch

    • Photo for “London Wetland Centre”

      London Wetland Centre

      Queen Elizabeth's Walk, London, SW13 9WT

      A 105-acre city wildlife area landscaped into lagoons, islets and pastures. Along the serene walkways are hides where you can perch on a bench, push open a small window and gaze at all manner of birds through your binoculars. There are also lots of places to picnic. Read more

  • Mudchute Park and Farm

    Pier St, E14 3HP

    London's largest city farm is set in parkland and houses 200 animals including llamas, calves, pigs, turkeys and a Pets' Corner housing rabbits, ferrets and a whole lot more. There's plenty of space for kids to run about in the adjoining park if they tire of the animal enclosures. Read more

  • Camley Street Natural Park

    12 Camley St, London, NW1 0PW

    A small but thriving green space on the site of a former coal yard, Camley Street is a lovely oasis at the heart of the renovated King's Cross. It hosts pond-dipping and nature-watching sessons for children and its wood-cabin visitor centre is used by the Wldlife Watch Club. Read more