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Places to Go in South East London Explore the greener side of London further with our guide to some of the most enduring beauty spots close by.

Happy Valley Park, Old Coulsdon, Croydon [map].
Set in 252 acres of woodland, meadows, nature trails and activities, Happy Valley Park, is an excellent place to enjoy the open air and get away from the busy hustle and bustle of London. Proving an excellent day out for the whole family, visitors can choose from a range of activities including horse riding, a children’s playground, bird-spotting and the opportunity to catch sight of some impressive wildlife.
With good access for wheelchair users, onsite toilets and a café for refreshments, Happy Valley is a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike.

South Norwood Country Park, South Norwood [map]
If you’re looking for a scenic and tranquil place to enjoy a leisurely bike-ride, the South Norwood Country Park really does tick all the boxes. Enjoy wildflower meadows, a large lake, a pitch and putt course, a children’s playground and viewing mound, as well as an informative visitor information centre that will tell you everything you need to know about the surrounding wildlife.

Surrey Docks Farm, Rotherhithe Street [map]
Surrey Docks Farm is a small working commercial farm right in the heart of London. Situated in part of the 18th century Wellses’ shipyard, this farm has a variety of animals, a dairy, herb gardens and a working blacksmiths. Facilities include a café, shop and children’s workshops running throughout the year.

London Wildlife Garden Centre, Marsden Road [map]
Pay a visit to this award-winning park and enjoy some unusual features including a sustainable exterior, which has a living roof made from stone-crop and herbs. Walk through the demonstration garden and savour the sights and sounds of the organically grown plants, which are also available to purchase in the centre’s shop.

Cutty Sark Gardens, King William Walk, Greenwich [map]
Enjoy some excellent views across the River Thames at this relaxing green space close to the tea clipper: The Cutty Sark. Take advantage of some of the boat trips that are available from the banks of the river.

Twinkle Park, Borthwick Street, Greenwich [map]

Young children will take great delight in a visit to this park that appears to have been designed with them specifically in mind. From the bright mosaic floor to the great selection of play activities on offer, pre-schoolers will be in seventh heaven. There’s a special gazebo, a large water feature and plenty of benches around for parents to take a breather.

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