Urban Oases London

Neil Barton, Business Development Manager, London

I have lived and worked in London for over 10 years now, after spending my childhood in Kent (otherwise known as ‘The Garden of England’).  Having spent so much time surrounded by rolling hills and orchards I have naturally been drawn to the more tranquil parts of London, hidden amongst the hustle and bustle.  Here are my top 6:

The Old English Garden in Battersea Park

This recently refurbished (with the help of London Perfumer Jo Malone), fragrant floral retreat can be found hidden at the end of a small, discreet lane just off the Thames Pathway. The garden features brook thistle (Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’) and baltic parsley (Cenolophium denudatum) and lots of salvias, plus various scented herbs. Low-growing thyme creeps out of the beds and on to the hard landscaping. The garden is free to enter, and is frequented by only the few ‘in the know’.


The Churchill Arms – Notting Hill Gate

The Churchill Arms was built back in 1750, making it one of the older and more historic pubs in London. In the 1800s, Winston Churchill’s Grandparents were regular visitors – which eventually led to the naming of the pub after World War 2. Step inside today and you’ll find plenty of Churchill memorabilia hanging from the walls.

The pub has other claims to fame too, and is known as the first pub in London to serve Thai food. It also gained recognition through its beautiful flower displays, and are one of very few pubs that can claim to be a Chelsea Flower Show winner.


Dalloway Terrace – The Bloomsbury Hotel

Though only a stone’s throw from the hurly-burly of London’s Oxford Street, Dalloway Terrace is stylish oasis of peace and calm nestled inside The Bloomsbury Hotel. Covered with lush greenery and lined with romantic lanterns, the outdoor terrace has a retractable roof to make the most of those highly treasured – and rare – sunny summer days, plus heaters and cozy blankets on each chair so customers can dine comfortably and protected from London’s unpredictable weather.


Regents Canal

In my opinion, there aren’t many better ways to spend a balmy summer’s day in London than walking alongside Regent’s Canal. My route of choice is to start off at Kings Cross, stop off in eclectic Camden (to stock up on refreshments) and ending in Little Venice. You will pass by the colourful barges and long boats (the pilots of which are always jovial and friendly), London Zoo – where the bird enclosure reaches out across the canal, and Regents Park – including Primrose Hill, which at its summit has some spectacular views across London.

Regents Canal

ESPA life at Corinthia

Not half as green as the previous four but certainly as much of an oasis, ESPA life in the bowels of Corinthia Hotel is an idyllic and rejuvenating place to spend time unwinding. Spread over four floors the spa features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, nail studio, indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble heated loungers and private sleep pods.


Highgate  Cemetery

One of England’s “great treasures“, entering Highgate Cemetery, the burial site of Karl Marx, is like stepping in to a film set; the Gothic architecture contrasts perfectly with the romantic atmosphere. Opening in 1839, time has stood still inside the cemetery ever since and I highly recommend a visit in Autumn.


If you would like any further information on the above or indeed anywhere else in London then please contact myself directly via neil@littles.co.uk.