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