Make the most of London now that restrictions are easing. As we have now moved into Step 2 of the UK Lockdown Roadmap where most outdoor attractions have re-opened and some indoor public buildings. To celebrate, we’ve made a list of some of our favourite things to do and places to visit.
These spots are within easy access of our North London properties:
1. Alexandra Palace
Affectionately known as 'Ally Pally', Alexandra Palace was opened in 1875 and covers 196 acres. It's a great place to get away from busy city life. Pack a picnic and take in the extraordinary views of London or take a relaxing walk.
2. London Zoo
Found in the North East corner of Regent's Park, London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo (opened in 1828). Set aside a full day, as there's so much to see; as even if you arrive as soon as the zoo opens you may struggle to fit everything in. It's recommended to buy tickets ahead of time as they currently have a limited number available daily.
3. Primrose hill
Primrose Hill is 63 metres above sea level and trees are kept low as it is one of 6 protected views in London. On the slope, you can find Shakespeare's Tree which was planted in 1864 for the 300th anniversary of his birth. You'll want to bring your camera to capture the ideal view of London when visiting the area.
4. The hampstead pergola
Hampstead has some wonderful views of the Heath and Hampstead Hill Gardens, although nothing is quite as interesting as the Pergola. Created in 1904 by Lord Leverhulme to host Summer garden parties; wander around the terrace overgrown with vines and flowers and don't forget to bring your camera. It's the perfect place to take a break from studying.
5. Camden TOwn
Camden Town home to the famous Camden Market which is actually made up of a series of markets including Camden Lock Village, Camden Lock Market, the Stables Market, and Buck Street Village. Camden has everything you could want in a day out - from shopping to fun bars and great food. Wander through the streets enjoying interesting street art or walk along the Regent's Canal also known as 'Little Venice'.
These spots are within easy access of our South London properties:
1. Cutty Sark
In Greenwich, you will find the sole surviving tea clipper. Built in 1869 in Scotland, it's one of the fastest clipper ships of it's time. It became the dominant ship for transporting wool from Australia to England under it's Master Richard Woodget.
2. Clapham Common
The Common is Clapham's largest park at 220 acres and here you will find a green, grassy park with 3 ponds and a Victorian bandstand. It's the ideal place to set up a picnic or join an outdoor social sport.
3. Greenwich markets
The markets are a perfect place to fill an afternoon and find unique handmade items for gifts or to make your room a little more like home. There are also many different street food cuisines to try with gluten free and vegan options available.
4. Tate Modern
The Tate Modern has an international focus on modern artworks. It hosts the work of many famous contemporary artists such as Picasso, Pollock, Warhol and Matisse to name a few. Entry is free, and at the top boasts a 360 degree panoramic view of London that is worth the trip even if you aren't an avid art fan.
5. Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, a Victorian playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays. Situated in Southwark on the South Bank of the River Thames, you can currently find tickets for a number of plays after May 17th.
These spots are within easy access ofour East London properties:
1. Columbia road flower market
Columbia Road Flower Market is an open air market only open on Sundays. You'll find a wide range of flowers and plants to buy, or could pop into one of the independent stores along the road to find unique gifts and items to make your room more like home.
2. Victoria Park
Unofficially opened in 1845, Victoria Park stretches over 213 acres. It was created to provide recreational space and improve public health and over the years it has hosted many political gatherings. Take a relaxing walk through the gardens, or grab something to eat and relax in the sun.
3. Bethnal Green
Old meets new in Bethnal Green. Here you can find old school pubs and cafes along with hip bars and indie shops. If you're a fan of street art, you won't have to look too hard to find some amazing pieces of work.
4. London eye
Also known as the Millennial Wheel, the London Eye is one of the most popular paid tourist attractions in London. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames and sitting at over 135 metres tall, it's Europe's tallest cantilevered observation wheel offering an experience that lasts 30 minutes.
5. emirates air line cable car
Opened in 2012, the Emirates Air Line Cable Car offers a unique view of London. The cable car goes over the River Thames and takes approximately 10 minutes end to end. Some of the landmarks that can be seen include Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral, The O2, the Thames Barrier, Maritime Greenwich, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
These spots are within easy access of our West London properties:
1. Richmond Park
Created in the 17th century as a deer park, Richmond Park has a protected status as an important habitat for wildlife. At 2500 acres, it is the largest of London's Royal Parks as well as London's largest site for scientific interest. Take some time walking through the reserve to catch a glimpse of one of the many deer that reside there.
2. Portobello Road
Situated in Notting Hill, the Portobello Road is lined with trendy cafes, eateries, vintage clothing units, and antique stores. Remember to take your camera, the colourful houses make a perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post. If you're living at Chapter Portobello, it's the perfect place to grab some food and fresh air for a break from your studies.
3. Kew gardens
Kew Gardens is a botanical research and education institution. It's London's largest UNESCO world heritage site at almost 300 acres and home to the most diverse collection of living plants. As Kew Gardens is a charity, there is a ticket price to enter, although it's cheaper for students and people aged 16-25. Enjoy your day taking a walk through the greenhouse, or just wander around the grounds.
4. Fortnum and Mason
Fortnum and Mason first opened in 1707. It's an upmarket department store known for it's gourmet groceries. The Piccadilly store has been standing for 300 years although you can find additional stores around London. Their afternoon tea is award winning and the perfect way to spend an afternoon if you have a sweet tooth.
5. Exhibition road
Exhibition Road is home to 3 major museums, all which look to open on the 17th of May. The Natural History Museum was opened in 1881 and exhibits a vast range of specimens from important various segments of natural history. It even has specimens taken by Charles Darwin. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), opened in 1852 and is London's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design. The Science Museum was opened in 1857 and has 3.3 million visitors annually for their award winning exhibitions. Any of the three museums are a great to visit if you find yourself with a free day.