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London is full of green, grassy squares and parks. If the sun's shining, get yourself out there!

Here's are our top 10

Berkeley Square

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Created in 1730, Berkeley Square is planted with some of London’s oldest plane trees. It’s also been home to some famous residents, including Winston Churchill. Crooner Nat King Cole even gave it a nod in his song A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square.

Best for: Taking a break from the West End

Where: Berkeley Square, W1

Tube: Green Park | Bond Street

Finsbury Circus

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More of an elliptical patch of grass than 
a square, Finsbury Circus (above), west of Liverpool Street station, is surrounded by 
grand buildings and busy urban life. But, 
it’s a quaint, peaceful spot, which includes 
a bowling green and old-fashioned bandstand.

Best for: A relaxing stroll

Where: Finsbury Circus, EC2

Tube: Liverpool Street | Moorgate

Russell Square

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With a fountain and a café, Russell Square in genteel Bloomsbury has everything necessary for a great time outdoors. Loll around the water feature, or stroll its pathways. It’s hugely popular with students and blinking tourists who have just emerged from spending hours 
in nearby British Museum.

Best for: A break from the mummies in the British Museum

Where: Russell Square, WC1

Tube: Russell Square

Victoria Embankment Gardens

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A small strip of a pretty park along the Thames, Victoria Embankment Gardens is a classic garden square with benches, flowers and pathways, and its proximity to other London landmarks, such 
as Somerset House, make it an ideal place 
to rest your weary feet.

Best for: Contemplating nature after hitting 
the sights

Where: Victoria Embankment Gardens, WC2

Tube: Embankment

Postman’s park

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This former burial ground earned its name because of its proximity to the site of the headquarters of the General Post Office. Its main attraction these days is the Memorial 
to Heroic Self Sacrifice, made up of a wall 
of ceramic memorial tablets to commemorate the ordinary people who died saving the lives of others.

Best for: Taking a break and pondering over acts of humanity

Where: Postman’s Park, EC1 

Tube: Barbican | St Paul's


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