United Kingdom Travel: Lazing and lounging around London

There’s Bond Street, Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden, the high streets of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Soho, Tower Bridge and the South Bank and my gosh, the sights of London are amazing and vibrant, but they can be exhausting.

Take a day out of your busy scheduled in London to just ‘hang.’  It can be the best way to observe people going about their daily lives and get a real feel for London life.

Take a blanket, and a picnic, to St. James Park.  It’s the oldest royal park in London, includes the Mall and Horse Guard’s Palace and while lazing on the cool green grass you can also get a sense of Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guards.  There are ducks, swans and pelicans, squirrels, people, and in summer, jugglers and brass bands too.  It’s a real sanctuary amongst the city.

Hyde Park is glorious.  The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain is in the park and you can take off your shoes and splash in the water, then laze in the park and watch the joggers, cyclists and yogis all working out.  Afterwards, if you have the energy, wander across the road for a coffee and pastry at Hyde Park Corner or in nearby Knightsbridge.  If you have the energy, you may even want to go into Harrod’s, but don’t exert yourself shopping!

Hampstead is one of my favourite areas and the Hampstead Heath is fabulous.  The heath has fantastic views of London and is one of London’s largest green spaces.  There’s a zoo and a butterfly house, swimming pools and splash ponds, as well as an athletic track.  Don’t be tempted to used the track though, rather lie back, enjoy your picnic and the views.

Find some daytime jazz, hang out on a rooftop bar or enjoy the open air cinema.  Some of my favourites are The Boundary Rooftop in Shoreditch and the Culpeper Rooftop Bar on Oxford Street.  Frank’s Cafe is in Peckham and loads of fun, and really, this is London we’re talking about, your choices are endless!


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