Gardens & Walks
Royal Botanic Gardens – Most commonly referred to as Kew Gardens, this destination also contains the simple and small Kew Palace, home of George III, his wife and their brood. Stroll the landscape marveling at the flowering plants, rock gardens, arboretum and other themed areas of this vast property. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting fifty thousand plants. Admission to the gardens also includes the palace (not open in winter).
Hyde Park† – Go for a stroll in this famous park, feed the swans, or take a paddleboat out for a spin on the Serpentine, one of its two lakes. People watch. See Speakers Corner (see below).
Thames Path†– This is not for the faint of heart or sore of feet. The walk stretches nearly eighty miles encompassing such attractions as The Royal Docks, Hampton Court Palace, South Bank, Canary Wharf and more. If you are not up for such strenuous activity, the walk is broken up into more manageable sections. Read more about it in detail here.
Regents Park & Primrose Hill† – This is a large open-space area of London with outdoor sports areas, four children’s playgrounds, a wildlife wetland sanctuary, and of course pathways through greenery, and lakes to row. Depending on the time of year one visits, there are approximately twelve thousand roses in bloom in Queen Mary’s Gardens. Climb Primrose Hill for the view.
The Play’s the Thing
West End Theatre – Enjoy live performances in the West End. For the nostalgic, there’s always Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap which has seemingly played for ever, and for the Disney enthusiast, catch the musicals The Lion King or more apropos for London, Mary Poppins. Have your travel professional arrange for your tickets before you go so you won’t be disappointed. There are so many shows to choose from in London, but they are all very popular!