Think King’s Cross and what springs to mind is rush hour chaos, railway projects and, er, ladies of the night.

But scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find a place to escape the urban sprawl and commune with nature (but not necessarily the aforementioned ladies).

Camley Street Natural Park is a unique urban nature reserve situated just behind St Pancras International, and is a great place to beat a retreat if your train is delayed or if you fancy seeing something more interesting than the humble feral pigeon.

Wander at your leisure through magical habitats but keep your wits about you, and you may just spot Daubenton’s bats, reed buntings, holly blue butterflies or even snake’s head fritillaries.


» Camley St, NW1 0PW  King’s Cross St Pancras ( Free

Verdict: Twitcher’s paradise