Thursday, 5 June 2014

Best Places in London to Unwind This Summer

This post was written by E. Cole who is a freelance writer and blogger.

London is not a place which everyone would associate with unwinding and relaxing. One of the busiest cities in Europe, many people who live there simply want to get out if they are in the mood for relaxation. Nevertheless, the capital has some excellent spots to chill out in. Londoners and those from further afield should not be put off the idea of unwinding in the city, simply because of London’s reputation for busy – not to say – hectic lifestyles. If you want some ‘me time’ then London can offer it.

If you are looking to unwind in the capital, then taking the train rather than driving often seems like the best move. However, public transport can have complications and it does get exceptionally busy at times. Consider driving to London instead, especially if you live less than an hour or so away by road. Some of the city’s best chilled out spaces are easy to navigate to by car. However, always make sure your vehicle is in good condition for the city’s streets before coming in. If in doubt, have your car inspected by a professional, such as
Point S, before making the trip.

Hampstead Heath
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Unlike many of the public parks in central London, Hampstead Heath has its own laid back quality. Set on a hill, you feel as though you are looking down over the busy city, rather than being trapped in it – which is something that you can feel when in Hyde Park or Regent’s Park, for instance. There are plenty of places to roam around and unwind in. At Hampstead Heath you feel altogether freer than in other open parts of the city.

Eel Pie Island

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Situated in Twickenham, Eel Pie Island is in the middle of the river Thames. What makes it so special - in terms of relaxing - is that no vehicles are allowed on it. That means no lorries, no cars and not even a bicycle. As such, you can roam around the island in perfect peace. It makes for a great place to chill out during the day and then maybe catch some jazz at one of the local music venues later in the evening.

Kyoto Garden

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This Japanese style garden is a place of meditative relaxation. It is also not very well known about so you tend to not get overcrowded here. Situated in West London, the gardens were first opened in 1991. Since then, they have been providing eastern tranquility for locals and out-of-town visitors every year. As you might expect of an Asian-inspired garden, water features heavily and you may even spot a peacock or two.

Brockwell Lido

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Outdoor swimming is one of the best ways of unwinding in the summer. If you feel like you are overheating in the capital, then what could be better than capturing a few rays and then cooling off in an outdoor pool? In London, you can do this and even feel as though you are on a Mediterranean holiday. Try the lido at Brockwell, which is one of London’s best outdoor pools and the perfect place to relax on a hot day.

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