Just a 20-minute train journey from London Waterloo lies Richmond Park, the largest of London’s Royal Parks. The green space is about as rural and rugged as they come, featuring various photo-worthy landscapes including mossy woodlands, duck-filled ponds, and overgrown grasslands.
Journey deep into the park to discover the bright and beautiful Isabella Plantation, a 40-acre woodland garden that comes alive with vivid hues of pink and purple in the spring and summer months.
The 180-year-old luscious garden is home to 100 different types of azaleas which prettily line the ponds and streams in the area. Explore this floral paradise, and you’ll feel worlds away from the sparkling lights of London’s city centre.
But the real stars of Richmond Park are the 630 red and fallow deer that roam the park’s craggy grounds. But beware – while the delicate deer may look approachable, they can become aggressive when approached.
After exploring the park, head to Pembroke Lodge, a grand Georgian mansion surrounded by pristinely cut gardens for a spot of lunch.