A FIRST TIME VISITOR’S GUIDE TO LONDON’S COMMONS AND HEATHS

If you’ve ever looked up the different parks and open spaces in London, you’re sure to have come across a number of commons and heaths, which exist alongside the city’s numerous famous parks and green spaces. If you haven’t been to London before or you haven’t had time on previous trips to explore the city’s open space, you may find yourself wondering where to go to enjoy some fresh air and peace and quiet close to nature.

At the Grand Royale London, we know that while our guests love exploring the city’s attractions, it’s also common to want to see what else London has to offer. We’re frequently asked about the best parks and green spaces. This is when we recommend our visitors check out one of the following locations. Not only are they some of London’s most popular heaths and commons, but they are also some of the best.

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is one of the most popular open spaces in London, thanks to its close proximity to the centre of the city. In fact, it’s only a few kilometres from Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and the Grand Royale London front door! Hampstead Heath feels as though it is a long way from city life, but the beautiful views of London’s skyline will remind visitors otherwise. There are swimming pools, playgrounds, an athletics track and zoo all waiting to be discovered as well as lots of open space for walking, picnics and simply breathing in the slower pace of life.

Wimbledon Common

Wimbledon Common is a large open space in Southwest London and will be a familiar name to many. It is often referred to in conjunction with Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common, which are both nearby. Wimbledon Common is home to a number of of London’s local birds and insects, making it a popular spot for fans of wildlife and those who want to take a few nature-themed pictures to round out their London photo album. There is also a pond, windmill and many nature trails.

Clapham Common

Clapham Common

Clapham Common is often referred to as being an urban park, as it is located in the very centre of Clapham. There are ponds, open spaces and a bandstand to explore. It is a popular place for Clapham locals to head for a picnic, an afternoon stroll or for ball games – all things our visitors can enjoy too.

Tooting Bec Common

Tooting Common is famed for the many large oak trees that reside in the area, and this combined with the vast amount of greenery makes it one of the busiest of London’s commons. Tooting Bec Common is where visitors will find Tooting Bec Lido, which is often credited as being the top outdoor swimming location in the city. It is around 30 minutes from the Grand Royale London.

London’s commons and heaths are great places to escape the city and get back to nature, with many people choosing to visit for a walk, picnic or to spot some native London wildlife.

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