London: City Of Lakes, Forests And Beaches

By M@
London: City Of Lakes, Forests And Beaches


Greater London is not entirely urban. In fact, only around 40% of the city is taken up with tarmac and concrete. The rest is green and blue, with over 1,500 species of flowering plant and great swathes of open space. Some have called for us to be designated a National Park City.

We put together the mock postcard above, to celebrate our city's environmental diversity. All the shots were taken within the capital — not a building in sight.

We're looking for other locations in Greater London where you can make believe you're not inside a major world city. Leave a comment below.

Images in postcard by M@. From top-left clockwise: Riddlesdown, Croydon; Southbank; Harefield, Hillingdon; Epping Forest

See also: parts of London named after trees.

Last Updated 07 December 2017

Bermondsey James

Stave Hill Ecological Park! Although not the view from the top of Stave Hill, obv

Peter Twist

Camley Street Natural Park in the heart of Kings Cross but feeling as if you're in the middle of the countryside.

Katie Penn

You spelt Harefield wrong. Its such a shame the place you have in your picture will soon not be eligible for your no building criteria - the government are building High Speed Rail (HS2) right through the middle of Harefield and plan an a viaduct to run right through the middle of your picture.

We also have Ruislip Lido in Hillingdon too!

Jennifer Frame

Richmond Park... especially if you get into the centre of the park and weave through some of the quieter trails.


Danson Park in Bexleyheath or Lesnes Abbey in Abbey Wood.