Several Peaceful Retreats around London

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: October 10th, 2023

When one thinks of London, one thinks about busy streets, constant hassle and stress, and flocks of tourists. Even if you have lived here for decades, you might be so fed up with all those things that you start considering calling your local man and van company, have all your stuff loaded on a van and moving to the countryside. While this may be a great way to escape the problems of the city, you should not be so quick to do it. Because, believe it or not, the capital has much more peaceful places hidden away from the noise and traffic of the main roads than you might have ever suspected. Apart from that if you wish you can get familiar with the safest boroughs in London.

The London Guide features a number of such places, some of the most appealingly looking among them being:

  • Located on the curve of the river from Hampton Court Bridge to Kingston is located the Barge Walk. It is a beautiful, tree lined area perfect for strolls after a hard day at work. You will have the chance to enjoy a cluster of swans, vine-covered walls and many more. The culmination of the walk is at Seething Wells with their water treatment works mounted over the river.
  • The Queen Charlotte’s Cottage in Kew is another great and very relaxing place. It is a true sanctuary in the middle of the city hassle, securely placed in the mids of the Kew Gardens. As you may very well known, the Gardens are among the most beautiful gardens in the world. The Cottage has one more advantage – it is not among the most popular attractions here, so if you are lucky enough, you will have the chance to spend some quality time by yourself here. Have in mind that it is opened to visitors only in the spring and summer.
  • Eel Pie Island in Twickenham is another great choice. The island is inhabited, but there are no cars or bikes there. The center for jazz music and the hippie movement in the 1960s and 1970s respectively, today Eel Pie Island is one of the most magnificently peaceful places in London.
  • The Wetlands Centre in Barnes is just off Hammersmith Bridge. Trees and marshlands, lakes, meadows and gardens – you will find everything here. The Wetlands are the perfect place to reconnect with nature, while still remaining near the center of one of the busiest cities in the world.
  • Daunts-BookstoreMarylebone contains a peaceful retreat of another kind – that’s the Daunts Bookstore. It is housed in an old Edwardian shop that retains the spirit of the age – there are oak-panelled galleries, balconies and long bookshelves. It is a true paradise for booklovers. The rich collection of books guarantees that you are going to find everything you have been looking for there – and much more. There is even a kids’ area where your little ones can sit around and read or play with each other while you calmly browse for the next treasure in your personal library.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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