When you hear the word London, it’s quite unlikely that an image of countryside or village life pops up in your head. So, here’s changing your perspective a little! London is full of beautiful neighbourhoods with the calmness and tranquillity of a village, that often goes unexplored by people. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and explore the quaintest spots in London for the most rejuvenating holiday ever!
Located high on a hill in northwest London, get the best views of the city below from this posh neighbourhood, also known for its thriving art and culture scene. Plan your day as you start your journey from the luxurious Cumberland Hotel Marble Arch. The perfect abode to explore the most peaceful parts of the city, head to Hampstead Heath first, a sprawling 800-acre wild park with scenic woodland walks, meadows, and swimming ponds at the centre of all the beauty. Soak in the countryside vibes as you enjoy a pint or a roast here and see some of the most incredibly made houses and streets lined with warm-hued autumn leaves.
Be it any day of the week, the iconic Portobello area in London is always a sight for sore eyes. Wander around the colourful and vibrant streets and take endless photos to fill your feed on Instagram! For most tourists and locals, the major draw is the legendary Portobello Market here, which remains open seven days a week and attracts people from all walks of life. One of the best places to acquaint yourself with the countryside vibe in London, explore a great selection of shops selling vintage collectables antique jewellery, and stalls selling freshly baked goods with the most tantalising aroma. Also, if you’re looking for something more adventurous, grab your place on a comfortable sofa at the popular Electric Cinema here, and spend a memorable movie night with your loved ones.
Little Venice in Maida Vale is a vibrant enclave of fancy houses in the West End that are set around the serene canals next to central Paddington station. Take in the views of the colourfully hued boats by the waters (we officially envy the people who get to call these boats home) and don’t forget to take a picturesque canal trip ride in the water all the way from Little Venice, down to Camden for the best countryside-like experience. Conclude your day as you catch a popular Puppet Theatre Barge show and dine in at one of the charming waterside cafes for a delightful experience.
Tucked behind Islington’s busy Upper Street and located only moments away from your boutique hotel in London, you’ll find the car-free Camden Passage, one of the most scenic streets in London. A perfect spot with countryside feels and a hint of vintage touch to it, Camden Street is also known to be a hub for eclectic contemporary and antique shops that you can explore. In fact, you’ll also find an amazing collection of aesthetic outdoor cafes around the corner to stop for a quick bite.
Don’t wait for that dream London trip that you’ve been planning forever, keep an eye out for the best deals on London hotels and see the city from a refreshing perspective with these spots that give you a countryside feel while being in the capital city!