London is a great place for tourists as they have such a lot on their hands for sightseeing and experiencing, that they hardly have anything to worry as most of them set up their itineraries beforehand and move according to that. It does happen at times that some disruption in their plans takes place due to several factors, but they take them as part of their experiences to remember. However, for the residents of London, these obstructions and disruptions happen frequently hampering their daily routine and making them bitter. These could be a tube strike or extreme difficulty in finding a new place to live as the lease of the previous one is expiring and the landlord does not want to extend it. People living here have to grapple with different types of problems day in and day out and also, they have to contend with high prices as compared to other cities in the country and thus making it difficult for them to manage within their budget. Moreover it is becoming more and more competitive on the employment front and they have to constantly keep striving hard to survive.
All these problems lead to building up of stress levels and as such it becomes essential for them to just getaway for a couple of days from their stressful life and relax in the lap of nature so that they can get rejuvenated to be able to face their challenges of life again. The best places in London where you can getaway are being categorised on the basis of the season when you wish to go.
Escaping to Richmond Park during the spring is a great way to forget about your problems for some time as you will be in the midst of 630 Red and Fallow deer in this national nature reserve. You can relax in the lap of a natural grassland habitat of these animals. It is best to go there in the early morning when the mist is rising and there is hardly any traffic to disturb your peace. The park is spread over 2500 acres of land and you will simply enjoy getting lost in the wilderness where deer keep on grazing and the parkland trees get a distinctive â€˜browse line' as the leaves and twigs growing below about 1.5 metres are all eaten up by the deer.
If you wish to get the feel of royalty in order to relax and give vent to your wild imagination transforming you into a prince or a princess staying at a palace with attendants all around, you can visit this palace which is luckily located at a convenient place in SW London in the heart of the city. This is where Queen Victoria and Princess Diana had stayed during their lifetimes. If you go there early in the morning, you can have a wonderful feeling of retreat and after getting rejuvenated throughout the day, you can return back well in time for a restful night.
If you have had a stressful day, you can head straightaway after work to Primrose Hill and carry some sandwiches, a blanket and some wine with you for a wonderful time staring at the stars and enjoying the views of the city. The place may be crowded during the weekdays but you can still squeeze in somewhere for having a good time. It will be a much better option than going home and brooding.
It is an ideal place to have a picnic, though it does tend to get crowded. Although it remains busy, you can still find a place in the sun for having a wonderful time. Adjacent to the palace, you can find the Home Park, which is a huge playground and is also full of wildlife.
Kew Palace and its gardens are both very beautiful and are just a short distance away in Richmond. If you are interested in botanicals, this is the place where you should go as you can get lost in the midst of its various offerings. With its heritage dating back to 1631, the Kew Palace also has an interesting history. The existing palace is the fourth one to have been built on this site.
The fun of going on a river down the Thames is simply unbeatable and as such spending a day at Greenwich can be an exhilarating experience that will surely lift you out of your stressful mood. In autumn, after the summer rush the observatory and the buildings are mostly quiet. The outside space is ideal for relaxing.
You can find a quiet retreat in Tate Modern if you go there on an early weekend morning in the winter. It will be easy to get lost in the midst of fantastic exhibits in the galleries and you may start pondering about how an artist could dedicate 50 years of his life on just one painting. The place seems to offer something new each time you go there.
A great way to relax is to indulge in having afternoon tea at the Montcalm, which is one of the best places for such indulgence. If you love your cup of tea, this is the place to go to have a refreshing hot drink to soothe your disturbed nerves.
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