Here at Spotless, we’re fond of all things green. It’s the season for being out and about in London, so we present our pick of the best things to do outside over the next few weeks.
Hang on a second – London has a Tree Week? Yes, indeed it does. In fact, you’ve already missed the first half of it. But fret not! There’s still plenty more to do, including a guided walk through Kensington Gardens (May 27), an evening stroll through Sydenham Hill Wood (May 29), a guided tour of Bankside Urban Forest (May 30) and an exhibition in the City Hall’s café entitled Rooting for Trees (until May 30). Here’s all you need to know about London Tree Week.
There are some exciting developments at Kew Gardens right now. For one thing, they’ve opened up the famous pagoda to the public for the first time in eight years. The views from up there are said to be stunning. Then there’s the launch of Kew’s latest exhibition – Plantasia – which invites you to “a fantastical world of botanical wonders and sensory experiences to excite your eyes, enchant your ears, make your toes tingle and your spirits soar.” It’s on from now until September 7, and you can buy tickets here.
London wouldn’t be London without its incredible Royal Parks. Now that the sun is out (at least some of the time), there’s a wonderful schedule of events on in many of the city’s regal green spaces. On June 7, there’s an Introduction to Wild Flowers in Bushy Park. On June 14 in Greenwich Park, there’s a 10k Run for Diabetes. And on June 27, Hyde Park is hosting a Water Lilies and Wine event.
There’s loads more going on the Royal Parks throughout summer including Butterflies and Moths courses, pond dipping, and plenty of guided walks. Here’s some detailed information.
Some of London’s finest green spaces are shut off to the public for most of the year. Open Garden Squares Weekend (June 14-15) does a great job in opening them up – if only for a couple of days. Ballots for some of the more high profile gardens (10 Downing Street for instance) are now closed, but there are still plenty of places with tickets available. Try Queen’s Wood Lodge Organic Garden in Highgate, Clissold Community Garden in Stoke Newington, The Secret Orchard in Lewisham, or Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments. A full list of participating spaces can be found here.