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19 Hideaways Where You Can Clear Your Head In London

For when you need to recharge.

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London is a busy place, full of busy people, and sometimes it can be hard to get out of the city's gray haze and find some fresh air and peace of mind.

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When you've had a bad day at work, are having problems with a loved one, or struggling with depression or anxiety, London may not feel like the most forgiving or comforting place.


6. The Parkland Walk, N4

There's nothing like a long walk to recentre, and the Parkland Walking trail in starts off in Finsbury Park and offers the chance to leave the city behind, just for a little bit, so you can reconnect with nature and yourself.

More info here.


12. Kew Gardens, TW9

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If you're looking for a little slice of heaven to take your mind off the stress of the day, look no further than Kew, which is full of formal and wild gardens to explore. You can buy day tickets or pay £62 per year for unlimited entry for you and a friend.

More info here.

13. Geffrye Museum, E2

This charming getaway in Hoxton is perfect for transporting you away from the humdrum grayness of London. The museum itself guides you through historical interiors, but the real stunner is the museum's formal courtyard.

More info here.


14. Little Venice, W2

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Wash off your troubles with a walk along the riverside in the quiet canal streets. Follow Regent's Canal far enough and you'll hit the incredible Regent's Park, another great place to escape from Central London.

More info here.

17. Queen's Wood, N10

This delightfully secret spot in Highgate is perfect for those times when you really want to get away from it all but can't get too far from London. The little ancient wood has a gorgeous organic garden and lovely footpaths to explore.

More info here.


18. Hammersmith Circle Walk, SW13

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Follow the western bank of the Thames through Hammersmith, past the historical Griffin Brewery and across the lovely Hammersmith Bridge, and take your time exploring the tree tunnels of the Leg of Mutton nature reserve.

More info here.

19. Phoenix Garden, WC2H

This delightful community garden is tucked into one of London's busiest and most stressful areas – the West End. Once you enter, you can forget about the buzz outside and collect your thoughts among the flowers.

The Phoenix Garden is currently closed but set to reopen in early 2016.

More info here.


Morden Hall Park is at the end of the Northern Line. A previous version of this article misstated that you could reach it on the Metropolitan Line.