London Escapes – Peaceful Spots for the Stressed Traveler

If you have a friend or relative who pays you a visit to London in order to avoid all the hustle and bustle of their city, what can you do to help? Or what if you are an unfortunate traveler who is stuck in between the London buzz? The best solution in either case; is to plan a London escape, in which you pay a visit to some of the peaceful sites in the city, and enjoy yourself to the fullest.

There are many ways in which you can plan an escape within London. All you have to do is to plan out your next adventure and then get started.

Abney Park Cemetery

While it might sound strange but a walk or some quite time in the Abney Park Cemetery is maybe what you need to relax from the stressful daily life you want to escape. After planning your travel to London and getting there, find out the easiest way to reach Abney Park Cemetery.

This cemetery is one of the “Magnificent Seven”, of the private cemeteries in the city. The cemetery is now maintained as a nature reserve and a woodland memorial park. It is also considered to be one of the most peaceful spots you will find in the city. Make sure that you visit the chapel which has a dissenting Gothic style design, and a magnificent entrance built in the Egyptian Revival style.

Epping Forest

From Loughton, you are within a 10 minutes drive from an ancient forest which is spread over an area of 6,000 acres. The forest is a mixture of grassy slopes, woodland, ponds and heathlands. This area has been used by the locals as a peaceful spot ever since Neolithic times.

Wallbrook Gardens

It was formerly known as St. Swithin’s Church Garden, and is a tiny space, among all the other monoliths in the city. It is quite hard to find and you would probably be lucky enough to have it all to yourself, when you want some peaceful time with yourself.

Pay a visit to the memorial of Catrin Glyndwr, who was the daughter of the freedom fighter named Owain. She died in the Tower of London, and is buried in the garden.

Grand Union Canal

If you want to plan a peace escape, then start off your journey from Sycon Park, which is present in Brentford, and then walk or cycle northwards all along the Grand Union Canal. By walking beside the peaceful canal, you will be able to flee the hustle and bustle of London.

If you want, you can take a right turn near Southall. Walk along the Paddington branch of the canal, and casually stroll back into the town, after a peaceful walk all along the canal road.

Escaping the hustle and bustle of London is not an impossible task, all it takes is the need to seek out the peaceful spots and then pay them a visit. Each spot is charming and has a unique history linked to it, which is sure to arouse your interest in the different sites of the city as well.

Photo by John Donges under the Creative Commons License

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day.

“It’s never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams.” -Christa Thompson

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