The sun is out and according to the weatherman, it won’t be shying away any time soon. Here’s some top London spots favoured by our team to inspire you to live your best outdoor life.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
'One word - planting! It is incredibly rich and diverse, with the main focus being on self-sustaining perennial plants. It is abundant in colour, texture and fragrance throughout the year and always attracts a huge array of wildlife. We need to see more planting like this in our cities!'
- Sam - Designer/Account Manager
Born in 2012 to help accommodate London’s Olympic Events, the park continues to pay homage to those triumphant games. Home to ArcelorMittal Orbit and the wave inspired Aquatics centre designed by Zaha Hadid, the park is as much about structure as it is about escape. The combination of venues and outdoor space has proven to be both representative and transformative of its East London home.
Hackney Wick: White Post/Crate/Stour Space
'It’s authentic, and has exhibitions from independent artists, art studios and good vibes. There’s street art and the canal where you can walk for hours or cycle or just sunbathe with friends and wine!'
- Rita - F.A.B team member
Hackney Wick has long been the epitome of East London cool, with graffiti trails and independent breweries – it’s a hipster’s paradise. But behind the cool is a substance; a community of creative people continue to reside here making the place both interesting and accommodating. White post, Crate and Stour Space all boast different vantage points of the canal giving you plenty of options to sit and enjoy a summer tipple.
'It’s huge; you don't feel like you're in London and the coffee hut by Penn ponds sells the best bacon sandwiches!'
- Sarah - Sales Developer
Who knew you could see a herd of deer in the country's capital city? Well you can, and more than that, Richmond Park is a top site for ancient trees, rare species and wild flowers. So much so it has been protected as an important habitat for wildlife. And within it’s impressive 2500 acres, there’s power kiting, horse riding and golf among other activities. One of eight Royal Parks, Richmond Park is a popular destination, and rightfully so.
'This park feels more like a bit of countryside than most parks in the city as it is the southern end of Epping Forest. You can stand in the middle of it and not see the edges, it always feels quiet even when there are lots of people there.'
- Helen McGinley – Marketing Manager
Wanstead Flats is believed to have its characteristic openness from the days where local landowners were encouraged to turn out their cattle to graze. While this may not be an imperative need these days, the right to graze cattle is still fortuned upon a select group of local inhabitants. The Flats include several areas of open grassland, all adding to the diversity of the forest's habitat. It’s a perfect spot to meander through on sunny weekend afternoons.
'Walthamstow Wetlands is such a unique outdoor space, the large pools of water are still and calming while the old mill and tower give a real sense of heritage. It's recent refurbishment makes it visitor friendly, but it’s kept its sense of wild.'
- Kirsty – Social Media Manager
Sandwiched between the Marshes, Walthamstow Wetlands was opened to the public in October 2017 for the first time 150 years. Remarkably, this reservoir site is the main source of water for 3.5 million people and is home to a variety of wildlife including rare birds and roosting bats. The locally-listed Engine House includes the Visitor Centre and Café to grab a spot of lunch, and then head to the top of the Grade II-listed Coppermill Tower for breath-taking views of the city.
Love the feeling of being outdoors? Don't restrict it to the weekend; take a look at how we can transform your indoor and outdoor spaces to bring you your own slice of nature at work.
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