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Discover four of the District line’s greatest green bits

Planning a spring outing? The Underground’s green line just turned 150 – so mark the occasion by taking a tour of its loveliest locales

By Time Out in association with Transport for London
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Is it a coincidence that the Tube’s most luscious-looking line is a portal to some of the greenest spots in London? Perhaps it’s down to the fact that the District line is the third oldest line on the network, and the biggest in terms of the number of stations, so the city has grown with it, and it calls at all manner of wild, wondrous places.

Lucky for you, these spots are all open during the wonderful world of off-peak – which means that your District line excursions will be super-affordable.

Did you know? In 1905, fishmongers were banned from transporting their stock on the Districtline’s trains. 

Explore these gems of the District line

Isabella Plantation
Isabella Plantation
Photograph: Andy Lane/Alamy Stock Photo

1. Richmond: Isabella Plantation

Attractions Parks and gardens Richmond Park

Never visited this wild, vibrant corner of Richmond Park? Good news – with spring around the corner, now is the perfect time to explore what is unquestionably one of London’s most beautiful green spaces. Its huge patches of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas will soon be in full bloom, with much more fantastic flora to be found within the 40 acres of woodland. Free

2. Elm Park: The Chase Nature Reserve

Attractions Dagenham

Kingfishers, skylarks and great snipe are among the 120-acre reserve’s feathery inhabitants, with more than 190 other species of animal spotted among the wetlands and woodlands over the years. Free

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St Dunstan in the East church
St Dunstan in the East church
Photograph: Nathaniel Noir/Alamy Stock Photo

3. Monument: St Dunstan in the East

Attractions Parks and gardens City of London

This twelfth-century church was badly damaged by the Great Fire of London and bombed to bits during World War II. The building remained in a derelict state over subsequent decades, with nature allowed to take over. These days, it's maintained by the City of London, with creeping plants weaving in and out of the hollow window frames. It's one of the most blissfully peaceful spots in the whole city. Free

Retromania
Retromania

4. Victoria Underground station: Vintage shops galore

Okay, so there’s no actual greenery to be found here (except the odd pair of emerald cords), but buying your togs second hand is undeniably a greener way to live. Check out Retromania for a well-curated selection of old-timey garms, Kookie for upcycled accessories, or Cave, with its on-site gallery, for a side of arty oddness.

Did you know? Renovations at Victoria are nearly complete. The station went step-free in October with the addition of seven new lifts!

Your guide to the wonderful world of off-peak

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Get there for less!

You can tap into the wonderful world of off-peak on weekdays before 6.30am, between 9.30am and 3.59pm, and after 7pm. Off-peak fares also apply all day at weekends and on public holidays. Always touch in and out with the same card or device to pay the right fare. Touch in only on buses and trams. To check your fare, visit TfL's single fare finder.

Travel in Zones 2-6 for £1.50
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey not going via Zone 1 on Tube, DLR and most London Overground services.

Travel into Zone 1 from £2.40
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey from Zone 2 into Zone 1.

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