Friday, 20, October 2017
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Where to watch the leaves change in London
Our favourite places to watch Autumn spread its colour across the capital
With autumn firmly hitting its stride, London’s leaves are beginning to turn as the green of summer subsides to fill the pavements with a gorgeous array of golds, reds and browns
From Hyde Park to Brompton cemetery, we’ve put together our favourite places to see the beautiful bursts of autumn colour across London.
Just down the road from The Kensington, a cemetery might sound like a morbid place to visit, however, this is no normal graveyard. One of London’s Magnificent Seven garden cemeteries, which were built in a ring around London in the 1830s combines monuments, wildlife, catacombs, stoned arcades, a chapel (and of course 60 species of tree!) to provide the perfect backdrop to watch the autumn colours work their magic during a brisk weekend walk. The cemetery is the resting place of the likes of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, cricket champion John Wisden and boxer John Jackson and the garden inspired children’s writer Beatrix Potter with the names for some of her characters.
This Japanese garden at the centre of Holland Park, just a short walk from The Kensington is a year-round oasis of tranquillity, however it really comes into its own in Autumn as the garden matures into its element. There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll past the waterfall, which runs into a pond inhabited by the garden’s resident koi carp.
One of London’s most magnificent Royal Parks, Regent’s Park is just a stones throw away from The Marylebone. With its duck ponds, open fields and formal planted gardens the park is the perfect spot to watch the colours turn and leaves fall as the seasons change. The tree lined avenues are particularly beautiful this time of year.
At the edge of Kensington Gardens, just a 30-minute walk from either The Marylebone and the Kensington, The Italian Gardens sit at the head of The Long Water, which in turn becomes The Serpentine. With a formal grid of marble basins surrounded by intricate statues and urns, the garden is the perfect place to end a walk through the autumn leaves of Kensington Gardens and stop off for a healthy snack and a coffee from its Italian Café.
The leafy pathways of Russell Square, on The Bloomsbury’s doorstep, create the perfect backdrop for wandering through autumn’s changing colours. With the paths covered in leaves, and a lovely café on its eastern side, the square provides a great place to stop and take in the changing seasons in all their glory.
BONUS: Sky Garden
If you’re not quite ready to brave the fresh autumn cold, why not head just down the river for a a visit to The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street to wander around the exquisite landscaping of London’s highest public garden. The garden has been planted to complement the light from the famous enlarged glass dome roof.
All images from Flickr.