Although the City of London is associated with a faster pace of life and the frenzy of the financial markets, the area is not without its peaceful spots. The skyscrapers and office blocks of the City are interspersed with garden squares, parks, and green refuges. Pay an early morning visit to these relaxing and famous spots in the City of London during your stay at hotels near Paddington.
- Postman’s Park
Postman’s Park is a tiny green space tucked away behind the skyscrapers. It was named due to its popularity as a lunchtime escape for workers of the General Post Office headquarters. There is a touching memorial in the park that honours the various men, women and children that sacrificed their lives to save others.
- St Katharine’s Docks
On the outskirts of the City of London, St Katharine’s Docks is a waterside development with a marina, waterside restaurants, and views of Tower Bridge and the Pool of London. Spared the crowds that form around its famous neighbour, the Tower of London, the docks are a pleasant area to digest a day of sightseeing in the City before heading back to the comfort of the Royal Eagle Hotel.
- St Dunstan in the East Church Garden
This serene garden is located among the ruins of a Grade I listed church, the tower and steeple of which were designed by the prominent architect Sir Christopher Wren. Although the church was partially destroyed during World War II, what remains is beautiful. The church and gardens are appealing to photographers or those seeking a peaceful moment away from the city streets.
- Barbican Centre
Not only is the Barbican Centre one of the best places to catch a music production, but it’s also a great spot to clear your lungs. The Barbican Conservatory is an oasis of tropical trees, plants, and flowers with exotic birds and fish pools. A walking route takes around 30 minutes to complete and is free of charge, although advance booking is recommended; you can do this online from hotels near Paddington. At the same time, take a stroll around the Barbican Water Gardens.
- The Garden at 120
London’s largest public rooftop space is located atop the Fen Court building at 120 Fenchurch Street. Containing over 85 Italian wisteria trees, over 30 fruit trees, and a 200 foot long water feature, the garden grants 360 degree views over the City of London and the surrounding boroughs. It’s free to visit and no booking is required. Although wonderful at any time of day, the Garden at 20 is revered for its sunset views.
- Trinity Square Gardens
Trinity Square Gardens overlook the Tower of London. The park contains a portion of the London Wall, dating back to the Roman era when the City of London was founded as Londinium. There is a sundial plus several war memorials and statues of historical figures relevant to London’s history, including Emperor Trajan. Besides observing the heritage of the park, there are benches and lawn spaces where you can picnic or sip a coffee.