Explore the beautiful, lush, green open spaces of South West London and experience the delights of nature. Exhilarating, healthy and uplifting for all the family. A visit to these wonderful and special places is accessible, simple to get to and every effort is made to make your visit enjoyable and rewarding. Whatever the weather the beauty of nature takes your breath away.
The Common is simply a delight. Hills, woodlands, plains, pastures, heathland, bog-land make the Common one of the most interesting places in London.
In Spring and Summer, the sounds of nature, blackbirds and skylarks, complement the calming and reassuring sound of water from the stream crossing the ravine.
Wimbledon Village sits on the southern end of the Common and has a delightful High Street,with a varied and interesting selection of boutique shops and eating and drinking houses.
The All England Tennis Club is situated about a half a mile from Wimbledon Village, near Southfields.
There are two excellent golf clubs on the common, Wimbledon Common and London Scottish Golf Clubs who share an excellent golf course which is in superb condition sporting some of the finest greens in Surrey.
No. 93 bus service is a regular bus service and runs through Wimbledon Village starting at Putney Bridge and ending at North Cheam to the South.
Nearest underground is Wimbledon Town which is a short bus ride from the Common.
www.wpcc.org Ranger’s Office 020 8788 7655
Morden Hall Park
A little known gem. The main house sits in 125 acres of pastures and meadows with the River Wandle meandering through the most attractive landscape of river banks, bridges and even a water mill. There is also a canal, wetland and play area exclusively for children and accompanying adults. Morden Hall offers the visitor excellent amenities for all the family including a Coffee Shop and gallery.
Morden Hall Park is owned by the National Trust. South of Wimbledon it’s situated right on the No.93 bus route. Nearest underground station is Morden which is on the Northern Line. Tramlink stops directly outside the east side of the park.
Morden Rd, Morden, London, Surrey SM4 5JD
020 8545 6850 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Beautiful pastures and an outstanding garden within the grounds of Henry VIII’s Tudor palace. The park adjoins Warren Farm which is an area of outstanding beauty and managed by the Woodlands Trust.
Sadly the palace has long gone, demolished long ago. However the remains of the Banqueting House are clearly visible and it is now a tumulus with a clump of attractive trees sitting on top of a hill.
Situated between North Cheam and Ewell directly on the No. 293 bus route which runs between Morden and Epsom.
Ewell Rd, Sutton SM3 8AB 020 8393 2676
The largest of the Royal parks and not only any area of immense beauty but also of great importance as a designated place of scientific interest.
Richmond Park is home to both red and fallow deer which roam freely around the park. In Spring, the Isabella Plantation Azaleas are ablaze with all the colours of a kaleidoscope.
Almost right in the middle of the park, is the magnificent White Lodge, which overlooks the Pen ponds and is the home of the Royal Ballet School.
Family amenities in Richmond Park are good. At Pembroke Lodge, which is on the north west side of the park, there is a coffee shop with a delightful hill side garden which overlooks a mass of the green reminiscent of a snooker table with Ham and Petersham and the Thames towpath beyond.
There is a play area for kids near Petersham Gate opposite the Dysart restaurant.
Richmond Park may be reached on the south side or west side by a No.85, which runs between Putney Bridge and Kingston or by either a No. 65 or 371 both of which run also between Richmond and Kingston but along the northern side of the park.
The Thames Arcadia is the exquisitely beautiful area along the banks of the Thames between Richmond and Twickenham. The Arcadia is quite the greenest place one could wish to stumble across. Petersham Meadow, which is protected, is situated by the Thames, nestling below Richmond Hill and is the home of a herd of cows which graze there during the summer months. The tow path here is quite spectacular with Petersham Woods and the views of the town of Richmond on the one hand and the elegant country houses which sit quietly by the Thames such as Ham House and Marble Hill House (on the others side of the river).
Petersham Nurseries, which is near the meadow, is a delightful place to have a coffee or meal especially for those who enjoy all things horticultural.
Petersham Church, is also well worth exploring, it is an intimate eighteenth century church and has a well kept and very green churchyard.
Petersham and Ham also has some of the finest Georgian property in the country and indeed was home to some of the most influential members of the Georgian aristocracy, wishing to be close to the Royal family, who lived nearby at Kew palace.
The views of the Thames are absolutely spectacular here.
Either a No. 65 or 371 from Richmond will take you to the Petersham Gate of Richmond Park and the Arcadia is nearby.
Twickenham Riverside is green, picturesque and lies on the north side of the river. There is a ferry that crosses the Thames between Ham House and Orleans House which is a pound for adults and 50p for children and bicycles. Rowing boats are available to hire as well.
The quiet amble along the tow patch is crammed with history and full of the most delightful views of Petersham meadow and Richmond Hill beyond. The parish church in Twickenham where Alexander Pope is buried, Eel Pie Island which became famous in the sixties for its studio that hosted the Rolling Stones, and the extraordinary flamboyant statues of nymphs in York House Gardens are all unique.
Walking towards Richmond and past the White Swan Tavern there are a number of architectural gems emphasising that this was one of the favoured places of the Georgians and leads to Orleans House, which is almost next door to Montpelier Row and elegant Marble Hill House.
Orleans House has recently had an extensive restoration and is a gallery and arts centre with excellent amenities for all the family.
There is currently an excellent and incredibly creative exhibition called ‘The New Georgians’ (ends 27th July) which emphasises the strong Georgian connection with Richmond and Twickenham running until 27 July.
020 8831 6000
Marble Hill House
Marble Hill Park, Twickenham TW1 2NL
0870 333 1181
During Summer it is advisable to avoid boggy areas because of mosquitoes and it’s wise to wear trousers when walking in long grass.