Global Business School for Health


Best outdoor activities in London

4 August 2023

Explore London's outdoor beauty with GBSH's student ambassador Ran. From parks to gardens, he guides you through the city's vibrant destinations, blending academics and adventure.

Best outdoor activities in London

Calling all UCL GBSH students! Prepare to be enchanted by the seamless blend of academic excellence and outdoor adventure that London offers. As you navigate your academic journey at UCL, take a moment to explore the vibrant city and discover its breathtaking outdoor destinations. From tranquil parks to captivating gardens, London is a playground for both the mind and the soul.

1   Explore the Royal Parks

Step into the tranquillity and natural beauty that the Royal Parks of London provide. These green oases offer respite from the demands of university life and provide endless opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Richmond Park: Richmond Park is a must-visit destination for UCL students seeking a delightful escape from the bustling city. As you step into this expansive park, you'll be greeted by ancient woodlands, serene gardens, and, most notably, the majestic deer that roam freely within its boundaries. Take a leisurely stroll along the winding paths, breathe in the fresh air, and let the serene atmosphere inspire your thoughts. With an easy Overground train journey from Stratford to Richmond Station, this idyllic retreat is within effortless reach.

Greenwich Park: Just a stone's throw away from UCL East, Greenwich Park beckons with its captivating allure. This historic park, with its rolling hills and commanding views of the London skyline, offers an ideal setting for study breaks and outdoor relaxation. Grab a cosy blanket, pack a picnic, and find a spot on the grassy knolls to immerse yourself in your studies or engage in lively conversations with fellow UCL students. As the sun begins its descent, witness a magical sunset that paints the sky in hues of gold and pink. The easy DLR access from Stratford ensures that you can indulge in this breathtaking experience with utmost convenience.

Hyde Park and Regent's Park: Nestled in the heart of London, Hyde Park and Regent's Park provide abundant opportunities for UCL students to reconnect with nature and find inspiration amidst the urban sprawl. Hyde Park, with its iconic Serpentine Lake and sprawling meadows, invites you to take a leisurely stroll, find solace under the shade of ancient trees, or even indulge in a leisurely boat ride. Meanwhile, Regent's Park entices with its picturesque gardens, including the world-renowned Queen Mary's Rose Garden, where you can immerse yourself in a symphony of colours and fragrances. The Central Line and Jubilee Line from Stratford effortlessly transport you to these green havens, where you can find solace and balance in the heart of the city.

2    Walking in Epping Forest

When the need for solitude and a deeper connection with nature arises, a tranquil walk in Epping Forest is the perfect antidote. As one of the largest ancient woodlands in the Greater London area, this enchanting forest is a sanctuary for UCL students seeking respite from the pressures of academia. Jump on the Central line from Stratford, and within a short journey, you'll find yourself amidst towering trees, dappled sunlight, and a symphony of birdsong. Embark on a soul-soothing hike along the well-marked trails, letting the rhythmic crunch of leaves beneath your feet guide you deeper into this woodland paradise. As you explore the forest's hidden corners, allow your mind to wander and find inspiration in its serene embrace.

3   Explore Kew Gardens

For UCL students with a passion for botany, horticulture, or simply a love for the natural world, a visit to Kew Gardens is an absolute must. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a treasure trove of biodiversity, featuring stunning landscapes, awe-inspiring glasshouses, and an extraordinary collection of plants from every corner of the globe. The Overground train from Stratford takes you to Kew Gardens Station, where you can step into a world of botanical wonder. Lose yourself in the Palm House, a Victorian glasshouse that houses an array of tropical plants, or wander through the Princess of Wales Conservatory, where you'll encounter diverse ecosystems and fascinating plant adaptations. As a UCL student, this immersive experience will not only enrich your botanical knowledge but also ignite your curiosity about the wonders of the natural world.

4   Rent a bike and cycle along the canals

Beyond the academic realm, UCL students can discover the vibrant pulse of London by embarking on a two-wheeled adventure along the city's scenic canals. The enchanting Lee Navigation Canal is just right next to the UCL East Campus in Olympic Park, which meanders through fascinating neighbourhoods, art-filled enclaves, and lively markets. Rent a bike, embrace the freedom of the open road, and let the canal guide you on an unforgettable journey. You can go all the way west to the literary district of Hackney to absorb the nutrition of art, or you can go all the way north to the large wetlands. As you pedal along, you'll encounter vibrant street art adorning canal-side walls, stumble upon quaint cafes and eateries, and even have the chance to explore bustling markets teeming with local delicacies. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture that surrounds UCL, and experience the perfect blend of outdoor exploration and convenient city life.

London beckons UCL students with its captivating blend of academic excellence and abundant outdoor wonders. So, take a break from the lecture halls, dive into the natural splendours that surround you, and let the city inspire and invigorate you on your remarkable journey of study and self-discovery.