Us Londoners love to make the most of the good weather whenever it decides to show! Now that summer is here, we hope for even more sunshine than usual, and a walk in the summer heat makes for the perfect date. Not only is it healthy and fun, it’s also a great chance to chat so why not begin with our top summer walks in London?
This leafy trail runs along the former railway track from Muswell Hill to Finsbury Park, taking in Highgate and Crouch End along the way. Start your afternoon in Alexandra Park, taking in the views of the London skyline, before heading along the trail and rewarding yourselves with a lie-down in Finsbury Park when you arrive. Along the way, you’ll see the abandoned platforms of the old railway along with the old railway arches.
A Sunday stroll around Richmond Park can really make you forget that you’re still in the city of London. With wild deer roaming the park, and a seemingly endless expanse of greenery, it can feel like you’re right out in the countryside. Getting to the park from Richmond station also allows you to take in the town of Richmond, which is nice in itself, before you begin to explore the park. Spend the afternoon walking, lazing around and eating a picnic, and then on the way back to the station stop off at the Roebuck pub on Richmond Hill to enjoy a drink whilst looking ahead at the stunning scenery.
Regent’s Canal to Broadway Market
One for a Saturday, when the market is open. Start off at Angel, meandering your way along Regent’s Canal all the way to Broadway Market. Enjoy the stroll along the towpath, admiring an array of cute canal boats while you chat with your date. As you pass under De Beauvoir Road, look out for the Towpath café on your left, which is a great place to relax at on a hot summer’s day. When you reach Broadway Market, you’ll be rewarded with a number of excellent stalls serving food and drink from all over the world. London Fields is just at the end of the road, where you’ll be able to play the world’s easiest game of “spot the hipster”!
A large area of heathland in North London, Hampstead Heath has a number of highlights that make it deserving for this list. The best-known part is Parliament Hill, standing almost 100m high, which offers excellent views over the city. See if you can spot a number of landmarks such as the Shard, St. Pauls Cathedral, and the London Eye.
Start at Gospel Oak station, and Parliament Hill will be your first stop. Then head along the eastern edge of the Heath to see some of the bathing and boating ponds. By heading north from here, you’ll see Kenwood House – a former stately home which has just undergone refurbishment and contains a luxury interior along with fine works of art. Entry is free!
Next, make your way westwards onto Hampstead Lane until you reach The Spaniard’s Inn – an historic pub built in 1585, originally as a tollhouse, with a quaint interior and superb garden.
Your following stop is the Hampstead Pergola, an almost-hidden oasis situated on the West Heath. The pergola is a large garden with a set of raised walkways, which is perfect to explore with your date.
Finally, head into Golders Hill Park to stop by the deer enclosure and to relax some more in the park, before heading to your nearest tube stop – Golders Green. This route covers around 4 miles in total so wear comfortable shoes!
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