Where to unwind in London

In a city known for its unrelenting fast pace, there is still a surprisingly large number of places to indulge in a bit of well-deserved downtime. Whether you’re drawn to the river, serene parks or calming cafés, you’re never too far from a relaxing haven in the Big Smoke. The Telegraph‘s In the Know feature, inspired by its partnership with American Express UK, shares insider knowledge on how to find London’s hidden gems.

Regent’s Canal stretches from Little Venice to Limehouse Basin, passing through Primrose Hill, Camden, Angel and Hackney en route. The towpath makes a pleasant and often shaded walk lined with gorgeously decorated narrow boats, passing Victorian factories, leafy parks and even London Zoo. Safe, secluded and popular with families, cyclists, joggers and dog walkers, you’ll find yourself exchanging nods and smiles with passers-by – a far cry from the bustling inner-city streets. There are plenty of spots along the towpath that are perfect for a picnic, a drink in one of the many waterside pubs and cafés or even a bite to eat when the canal reaches the eclectic bustle of Camden Market.


The Trafalgar Square in London. © http://www.countrysidetrip.com

Elsewhere, sunny days were made for climbing the slopes of Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory for a stunning view across the city. Take in the glittering skyscrapers, the Millennium Dome, the iconic skyline and the beautiful curve of the river. On a hot day, kick back with a book or hide behind your sunglasses and grab a sneaky snooze.

Soho, meanwhile, is a great spot to take some time out for a laid-back afternoon of people-watching. From business tycoons to out-of-their-depth tourists, all and sundry walk the streets of Soho throughout the day and a pleasant hour can be spent sampling smoothies, nibbling paninis and sipping espresso in the area’s glut of quirky coffeehouses. Soho Square or Golden Square are perfect grassy spots for kicking back with a take-out coffee and cooling off for a while as the bustle of Soho continues around you.

Once you’ve recharged your batteries, you’ll be ready to make the most of London’s amazing cultural opportunities. American Express UK customers can use a credit card to book tickets in advance and avoid missing out on the many great shows, concerts and films on offer in the capital.


One Response to “Where to unwind in London”

  1. digital flower Says:

    sounds good. i so want to visit england.


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