Bond Street is the home of some of the word’s most revered fashion houses, fine jewellery brands and art galleries, but did you know it is also close to many of London’s famous parks, squares and secluded green spaces? Once you’ve completed your shopping, take some time out in one of these nearby spots to enjoy nature. After all, spending just 20 minutes a day in nature has been shown to lower stress levels and help you feel more connected with your environment.
The closest green space to Bond Street has been under development for the past few years as the new Bond Street Crossrail station opens up on its corner. This has meant the garden has been revived to include public artwork, new trees and seating to rest and relax in.
Hanover Square, W1S 1HD
A circular garden with clusters of tall trees providing shade and shelter, the square provides a calm oasis just behind the bustle of Oxford Street. It will also soon be home to a subterranean wellness and leisure centre.
Cavendish Square, W1G 0PR
Grosvenor Square is the second largest square in London and the perfect place to escape the West End crowds. At the heart of Mayfair, it has a rich history that can be traced back to 1726 when Sir Richard Grosvenor commissioned a green space for the estate and residents of the Square. Now its lawns and statues are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Grosvenor Square, W1K 4BN
Although a square, the gardens are oval in shape with gravel paths through and around the edge to make a circuit of the gardens. In the centre is a pump house with a Chinese style roof erected in 1800. Surrounded by luxury car show rooms top restaurants and members clubs it’s great spot to sit and watch the world go by.
Berkeley Square, W1J 5AS
Brown Hart Gardens
Brown Hart Gardens is a raised terraced garden in Mayfair, just a seven-minute walk from New Bond Street. It was built in 1906 above the old Duke Street electricity substation when architect Sir Stanley Peach covered the substation with a roof, domed gazebo and steps at either end. Complete with café, seats and a water feature, it’s one of London’s best kept secrets.
Brown Hart Gardens, W1K 6TD
At the end of Old Bond Street Green Park is a peaceful triangle of mature trees and grasslands. Its position next to Buckingham Palace as well as its many memorials, fountains and statues puts it on the list for many a tourist, but you’ll also spot some Londoners enjoying the sunshine on a deck chair.
Green Park, SW1A 1AA
Next to Green Park, Hyde Park offers plenty of quiet places to relax and unwind as well as a host of outdoor activities. Dip your toes in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, brave an open water swim in the Serpentine, or have a go at tennis and horse riding. Or if that all sounds far too exciting, grab a spot near Speakers’ Corner on a Sunday morning to hear people from all walks of life share their views.
Hyde Park, W2 2UH