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Relax outdoors in London

Published: Monday 2nd of August 2010

There are so many things to see and do in London that a trip to the British capital can sometimes be quite exhausting.

So it is a pleasant relief to find a nice spot where you can relax and sit down. London is blessed with many suitable places to go, as it hosts a number of delightful public spaces where you can take the weight off your feet and have a break.

Hampstead Heath, for instance, is one such location. Situated just four miles away from Trafalgar Square, its grassy hills, ponds and woodlands are an oasis of calm in a city that never sleeps.

Even the kids will find plenty to enjoy at Hampstead Heath, as it has recreational facilities such as playgrounds, while the trees will seem like a magical forest to little ones.

Adults, meanwhile, can relax with a book in idyllic surroundings or perhaps marvel at the stunning array of flora and fauna that populates this area.

You might find it hard to believe that you are actually in London when you come here.

Another outdoor space you might enjoy during your visit to London is St James's Park, which stands near Buckingham Palace and the Mall.

Again, it is another location in central London that somehow becomes a quiet and pleasant environment, even though it is surrounded by the heavy traffic and activity you would expect in a global city like this.

The park is populated by a stunning collection of bird life, including ducks, gulls, geese and pelicans, as well as swans and even the relatively rare carrion crows and grey wagtails.

Ornithologists could easily lose themselves in this delightful location and be charmed by the remarkable selection of birds that flock in and out every single day.

And it is an ideal base if you plan to see some of the pomp at Buckingham Palace, such as the Changing of the Guards.

Alternatively, you might want to head to St James's Park if you plan to take in some of the free outdoor concerts that are regularly staged here throughout the summer months.

London is not exactly known as a place where you can enjoy green spaces and wildlife, but the sheer number of stunning parks around the city suggests it is being underrated by many people.

Richmond Park is yet another example of how this may be the case, as it features hills and woodland gardens that again make you forget you are in the UK's capital city.

Crowds, traffic jams and the hustle and bustle of life in London are the last things on your mind in this spot, which is actually a National Nature Reserve.

The accolade has been handed to this historic location as it contains a remarkable variety of wildlife, ranging from grebe, mallards, pike and some truly beautiful deer.

Since they are located at various points around central London, all these green spaces are very easy to reach by bus, by Tube or on foot.

And of course, it costs absolutely nothing to investigate these locations and enjoy all that they have to offer.

Chances are you will have decided which museums, galleries and other tourist attractions you want to take in during your visit to London.

So when you have planned all this, see which public spaces are located nearby.

It's a great way to recharge your batteries on a busy day of sightseeing while taking in some locations that can be regarded as stunning in their own right.

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