Looking to visit London, but not really interested in the hustle and bustle?
We understand. Holidays are about leaving behind the rush and exhaustion of the 9 to 5 – not flying all the way around the world just to get caught up in busyness somewhere else. After you’ve seen the Shard, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, check out these spots for a little bit of peace and quiet:
This tranquil park belongs to Eton College, but is open to the public. The lake is also where the 2012 Olympic kayaking and rowing events took place. It’s a relaxing day trip away from London, and can be combined with a quick trip to Windsor Castle since it’s neighbouring.
It’s a three-hour drive from London, but if you love gardens, Sheringham is not to be missed. Ancient oaks and beautifully large Rhododendrons fill the garden, which also has Japanese maples, flowering Eucryphia trees and Azalea blooms.
St. Paul’s Cathedral Whispering Gallery
You don’t even have to leave the city centre for this one. Climb the cathedral’s 259 steps to the gallery, and then say something – very quietly – to your travel companion on the other side of it. You’ll be 30 metres apart, but because sound waves hug the gallery’s circular walls, you’ll hear each other loud and clear.
Liberty is a classic department store filled with character – and designed to make shoppers feel like they are walking around someone’s home. It’s a central London legend, with its 1920s architecture and eccentric fittings. While you’re there, check out the Assouline Literary Lounge on the ground floor for coffee-table books on fashion, art and photography.
Words: Modupe Oloruntoba
Image: Sheringham Park National Trust