Greenwich Park panoramic views

Greenwich, SE10 Park Office: 020 8858 2608 www.royalparks.gov.uk/parks/greenwich_park A walk around this breezy, partly formal, partly wild park, which stretches from the historic dockyards at Greenwich up the hill to Blackheath, offers fine views of London. From the top of the park, you can see the Thames wend through the metropolis, its banks giving rise to some of the densest clusters of development at Docklands, The City and Westminster. Between the moored Cutty Sark at Greenwich Pier and Wren’s Old Observatory at the top of the hill, the park’s main paths are usually thronged with visitors, but stray from them and you can soon lose the crowds. Beyond the Observatory, heading south, you’ll find a cricket green, the wilds of a deer park, formal gardens and even Roman earthworks to explore. But if you don’t want to lose sight of the river, head east to another promontory, One Tree Hill, on the Maze Hill side of the park. From here, there are views across to the Observatory and down to the Old Royal Naval College the Queens House, see pii2, is mostly obscured by a clump of trees at the foot of the hill. Beyond this looms Canary Wharf, the brown, silty Thames looping at its feet. Walk down one of the meandering pathways, past the children’s playground and then towards a gate that brings you out onto Park Row. You can either head to the Thames end of the road for a drink and a plate of whitebait at the Trafalgar Tavern 155 or take an immediate right for a quieter drink at The Plume of Feathers. Either way, it’s good to finish off a walk in Greenwich with a riverside stroll back to the pier. Kew Gardens World Heritage beauty spot Kew 020 8332 5655 ©@ Kew Gardens www.kew.org Open from 9:30am closing times vary The extensive, astonishingly lovely Royal Botanical Gardens are stocked with mature specimens of rare and ordinary trees, plants and flowers collected over hundreds of years from the remotest corners of the world. From the Tube and train station it’s a well-signed 5-minute walk along leafy residential streets to the main, Victoria Park entrance. Maps, supplied with your tickets, place everything clearly. The scale of Kew means that it is not difficult to find private space. The gardens comprise both wild and formal areas – gentle woodlands; pristine formal lawns and beds overflowing with ever-changing floral displays; ornamental lakes stocked with wildfowl; elegant glass-houses; and an eclectic collection of buildings including the landmark Pagoda. Near the entrance, the beautiful, steamy Palm House 1848 is popular, but you can ascend a spiral staircase to the quieter elevated walkway. The Princess of Wales Conservatory, a mix of dry and moist habitats, also draws a crowd, but is worth a saunter in May during the orchid festival. Queen Charlotte’s Cottage dates from the 18th century and was a favourite spot of this queen. She and husband King George III would picnic here. It remains a perfect idyll for a lazy afternoon munching sandwiches. If you are lucky, you may be serenaded by a blackbird from the branches of a silver birch. If you’ve neglected to bring a picnic, the Orangery is the best of several eating options, serving simple meals and cakes. Between the Orangery and the river is the formal Queen’s Garden – a place where statues punctuate walls of manicured hedges, laburnum drips from covered walkways and small fountains bubble. Adm

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