When you think of North London, you often think of beautiful leafy parks, nature reserves and a wide range of unique London Boroughs. From Hampstead to Heathrow, North London is often regarded as one of the most scenic parts of the city due to its history, culture and architecture. When all of these merge together you’re faced with a beautiful part of London often overlooked in favour of more central attractions. That isn’t to say that North London doesn’t bring in its own unique range of iconic spots, but when you really dig under the surface of this wonderful locale during your stay at our Park Grand Hotels,you’ll discover some true city gems. With summer just around the corner, there’s plenty of beautiful spots for you to enjoy, whether that be parkside rambles, canalside curiosities or niche North niceties.
Highgate Woods is a 70 acre natural park in the heart of this North London borough. Hemmed in by beautiful houses and a wide range of attractions, this pocket of idyllic woods is made up of oak and holly, and was originally part of a larger ancient forest named MIddlesex Forest. Now reduced to under 30 hectares, these woods are still a beautiful get away from the busy city hubbub, and promise a wide range of walks through and into Hampstead Heath, Bluebell Woods and Coldfall Wood.
Tucked away in the 320 hectares of Hampstead Heath nature reserve, the Hampstead Ponds are reservoir areas which have been cultivated for prime natural water swimming baths. These ponds were originally created for water reserves in the 17th and 18th century but have now been repurposed as swimming areas, bringing a men only, a women only and mixed gender pond for swimming. On a hot day in the London sunshine, this never fails to be the perfect antidote.
Cutting straight through the cultural heart of Camden, the Regents Canal system is one of the most idyllic spots for riverside walks in North London. With plenty of walking routes throughout the canal system, this houseboat littered waterway hosts many riverside cafes and bars, giving you the chance to sit and relax with great food and drink. If you are staying at the Park Grand Hounslow,you can even follow the canal route all the way into Camden from the North West of the city, and will be spoilt for choice when faced with the beautiful picnicking and eatery spots.
Based in the borough of Haringey, Bruce Castle is one of the oldest surviving examples of Brick made manor houses and dates back to the 16th century. With a museum exploring the history of the houses past residents as well as the history of the Royal Mail, Bruce Castle is well worth an outing, if not just for the exquisite Tudor tower lying adjacent to the many times remodelled manor.
Nestled near Chalk Farm tube station on the Northern Line, Primrose Hill offers up some of the best views in the city. If you’re on the lookout for beautiful cityscapes over the centre of the London, this hill on the edge of Regent’s Park promise to be the perfect picnic spot, then the popular Primrose Hill is the spot for you.
view from Alexandra Palace
From Royal Parks to the “palace of the people”, Alexandra Palace is one of the best entertainment venues in the city, and offers spectacular views from its balustrade. Originally built in the 19th century, this performance venue is surrounded by parkland and offers up weekly performances from some of the most internationally renowned musicians currently playing today.