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    17 Magical Spots To Escape To In London

    Off the beaten path.

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share their favourite secret spot in London. Here’s what they said:


    1. St James Park

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    Closest station: St James Park

    Budget: Free entry

    "There's this willow tree in St James's park near Buckingham Palace that has a hidden bench underneath it. It's so magical to find a hidden and quiet spot right in the middle of central (and very touristy) London." - cricketb

    More information here.

    2. Morden Hall Park

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    Closest station: Morden

    Budget: Free entry

    Once a deer park, the rural escape in Morden Hall Park is now a haven for nature and wildlife, and will give you a much-needed breath of fresh air. "So lovely, and feels like you’re not even in London anymore." - Ailbhe Malone

    More information here.

    3. Chelsea Physic Garden

    Closest station: Sloane Square

    Budget: £10 entry

    This preeminent centre for botany is peaceful and informative. "It's worth the trip and the entrance fee!" – Jennifer Domingo on Facebook

    More information here.

    4. The Parkland Walk

    Closest station: Finsbury Park

    Budget: Free entry

    "The Parkland Walk runs from Finsbury Park, through Crouch End and up to Highgate. It's an abandoned railway line that's become a forest. Look out for the adult sized playground apparatus too!" – lucyk6

    More information here.

    5. The Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill

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    Closest station: Forest Hill

    Budget: Free entry, £3.50 for aquarium access

    "Fantastic view across London which rivals that of Greenwich Park." – ashleyh434f1d695

    More information here.

    6. Nunhead Cemetery

    Closest station: Nunhead

    Budget: Free entry

    Don't miss the "the amazing burnt out church in the center of the cemetery and view of London from the top of the reservoir." – jodief4756613e2

    More information here.

    7. St Ethelburga's Peace Garden

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    Closest station: Bank

    Budget: Free entry

    BuzzFeed Life recommends escaping the City into tranquil secret garden at St Ethelburga's. With gorgeous flowers and a peaceful environment, the volunteer-tended garden offers a much needed escape from everyday business.

    More information here.

    8. Angel Canal

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    Closest station: Angel Canal

    Budget: Free entry

    If you're in the Islington area, escape the hustle and bustle of shops and bars with a stroll along the serene Angel Canal, which offers a unique and lovely view of the city, and hosts a lively annual festival. Recommended by maggiem428f32a00.

    More information here.

    9. Richmond Park

    Closest station: Richmond

    Budget: Free entry

    No doubt you'll find your own little corner of Richmond Park, the largest of London's Royal Parks. You'll find plenty of wildlife, seclusion, and peace. Recommended by emilyg47e5692de.

    More information here.


    10. Daunt Books

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    Closest station: Regent's Park

    Budget: Free entry

    Curling up with a good book in this Edwardian bookshop on Marylebone Road is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of central London. Recommended by heffalump246.

    More information here.

    11. St Christopher's Place

    Closest station: Bond Street

    Budget: Free entry, but put aside a few quid for a coffee at Workshop.

    "I love St Christopher's place, hidden through a tiny alley behind Oxford street… Really lovely restaurants and art shops." – Lakesx

    More information here.


    12. B.Y.O.C.

    Closest station: Covent Garden

    Budget: £25/person for a 2 hour slot

    "Hidden under the juice bar in Covent Garden… you bring your own bottle of booze and they turn it into fancy cocktails for you!" – emmac481cc4edc.

    Book here.

    13. Flat Iron Steakhouse

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    Closest station: Piccadilly Circus

    Budget: £5/drink, £10/steak

    "Flat Iron Steakhouse, get there early and get a bottle of wine with your mates, have a fresh stuffed donut and then make your way to your table for £10 steak at communal tables." – mollp

    More information here.

    14. Opium Parlour

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    Nearest station: Leicester Square

    Budget: £12/drink, £6-£20/plate

    "Cocktails and dimsum until 3am, yes please." – emmac481cc4edc

    Book here.

    15. The Cocktail Trading Company

    Closest station: Oxford Circus

    Budget: £8-£10/drink

    "Dive into this basement speakeasy for a private, jazzy atmosphere and incredibly original drinks. Be sure to order a "欢迎到肯塔基州 {WELCOME TO KENTUCKY, HAVE A NICE DAY}," a cocktail disguised a noodle takeaway." – Chelsey Pippin

    More information here.

    16. Mr Fogg's

    Facebook: mrfogglondon

    Closest station: Green Park

    Budget: £5-£10/drink, £38/person for Tipsy Tea

    The quirky Victorian-themed cocktail bar was inspired by the hero of Jules Vernes' classic novel Around The World In Eight Days and offers "Tipsy Tea" every Friday. Recommended by simis3.

    Book here.

    17. Espresso Bar Balcony, Tate Modern

    Closest station: Southwark

    Budget: £1-£5/drink

    "The exact spot where I fell in love with London is the balcony at Tate Modern, overlooking the Thames and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Not exactly hidden but it’s simply magical!" – lorenag40d26bd66

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