Travel writer and editor Juilet Kinsman is our human TripAdvisor. A fountain of knowledge for all things travel-related, we never book a holiday without consulting her first. Here Juliet shares her favourite way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend in the capital.
I feel so privileged to live in London and always try and make the most of it. I would recommend planning to take a walk through a new neighbourhood.
Ever walked around Battersea Park? London got this 200-acre public park with boating lake in 1858 to replace a swamp best known as the place to go to settle a duel. Battersea Park Children's Zoo is ideal if you happen to have anyone small to entertain, thanks to its squirrel monkeys, meerkats, kune kune pigs and more.
The London Peace Pagoda here launched in 1985 by its Buddhist nun and monk benefactors. This is a good perspective from which to admire the 18th-century houses of Chelsea on the other bank. You’ll also find Henry Moore’s Three Standing Figures by the lake.
Dog lovers are sure to get a thrill from the pooches in every shape and size who seemingly gather near the bandstand to socialise. Football fans, you may want to have a kick about right here so you can then brag that you did so in the same location as where the first game was played under the rules of the Football Association. There’s also the Pump House Gallery.
Across the river is Chelsea Physic Garden which is a unique botanical enclave that invites you to explore plants originally cultivated here by the Society of Apothecaries in 1673.
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