Looking for Luscious Green Spaces in London? Here’s Your Guide – Including some of the Best London Lunch Spots!
It may be hard to believe, but the fact is there are plentiful green spaces in London. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to chill out and breathe in some fresh air during your lunch break, read on for our top picks of London lunch spots and leafy havens in and around the Capital.
Where Are The Best Green Spaces in London
From formal gardens to open grasslands and plenty more besides, there are literally acres of green spaces in London to be enjoyed during your lunchbreak, or any time you choose for that matter.
Formal gardens, mini golf and a charming children’s zoo are all part and parcel of Battersea Park
Enjoy a riverside walk, hire a bicycle or relax a while in the Pear Tree Café, where you can indulge in a delicious all-day menu, boasting delights such as house-made sourdough toast with strawberry, granola, coconut flakes and chia seeds, and a tarragon and lemon marinated chicken sandwich with avocado, jalapeño mayo, rocket and red cabbage slaw. For sure one of the most popular London lunch spots!
St James’s Park
A magnet for bird watchers, St James’s Park and its beautiful lake are home to an array of waterfowl and wild birds, including a fascinating family of resident pelicans.
Enjoy a walk alongside the brightly coloured flower beds, admire the view of Buckingham Palace and stop off for a bite to eat at the renowned St James’s Café, a lakeside retreat surrounded by an abundance of flora and fauna which you can enjoy either from the roof terrace, outside seating, or tucked away inside gazing through the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. A favourite amongst London lunch spots, award-winning coffees, loose leaf teas and a well-stocked bar await, as does a tempting lunchtime deli and hot counter menu
One of the most expansive green spaces in London, Hyde Park covers 350 acres, with the Serpentine at its heart and Kensington Palace and the Diana Memorial Playground two of its most famous landmarks.
As London lunch spots go, Hyde Park is up there with its ample array of cafés and kiosks, offering something for everyone. All serving sustainably prepared hot and cold food, each of the cafés has outdoor and indoor seating, so you can enjoy the views in comfort, whatever the weather.
Perhaps not one of the most obvious green spaces in London, but a contender nevertheless, Rathbone Square is a hidden West End haven.
Rathbone Square is where you can delight in a lush planted landscape, enjoy the pleasant soundtrack of the birds twittering in the trees, and kick back on a traditional deckchair whilst taking a breather from the hustle and bustle of city life. Even better, Rathbone Square has one of the biggest offerings of London lunch spots, from coffee shops and juice bars to cafés and restaurants.
London lunch spots at Rathbone Square
Whether you’re looking for a healthy bite or something a little more indulgent, Rathbone Square is sure to have just what you fancy amongst its many eateries.
At Joe and the Juice, you’ll find comfy, home-like surroundings, where you can enjoy a delicious menu of juices, shakes and iced smoothies, served from 7am to 8pm daily. There’s also a variety of salads, paninis and sweet treats to complement your drink.
Fresh vegetarian and vegan food from local suppliers are the signature dishes at Rathbone Square’s resident sustainable, cruelty-free boutique coffee and juice bar, White Pine. Open from 7.30am to 8pm, its natural surroundings are particularly enticing, as is its menu of fresh cold pressed juices, Icelandic style protein shakes, nourishing smoothies, speciality teas and organic coffees. As well as being one of the most enticing London lunch spots, White Pine also offers a range of beautiful Nordic homeware. So you can pick up a lunchtime treat for home too!
If nothing but a posh lunch will do, make it Circolo Popolare, Rathbone Square’s answer to a taste of Sicily. The ultimate lunchtime experience, this is a restaurant you’ll not forget in a hurry. Offering a tempting and seasonally varied chef’s menu of Mediterranean cuisine from 12pm to 10.30pm, Circolo Popolare caters well for vegetarians, vegans and celiacs and makes the perfect setting for special occasions.
If you’re looking for a lunchtime coffee, perhaps to take away and enjoy outside in one of your favourite green spaces in London, Omotesando Koffee has to be a must-visit venue. Renowned worldwide for its Japanese coffee, brewed to order right in front of your eyes by expert baristas in white lab coats, this is the place to go if you’re looking for an experience as well as a hot drink, and perhaps a traditional Japanese pastry to go with it.
Finally, well-known UK wide for its house-made mouth-watering doughnuts, handcrafted cookies and small batch ice cream, Crosstown Doughnuts is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a lunchtime treat to reward yourself for a morning’s hard work. Grab a takeaway or nestle inside if the weather’s not up to much, and enjoy yourself as you satisfy your sweet tooth.
Looking to enjoy a lunchtime treat amidst one of the best green spaces in London? Visit Rathbone Square!
Rathbone Square is a three minute walk from Tottenham Court Road tube and seven minutes from Oxford Circus.
If you’re looking to enjoy the best of the green spaces in London and take in a spot of lunch en route, why not stop by? We look forward to welcoming you.Back to Blog