Secret spots in London

When people talk about London, they often describe it as a place that is busy and built up and crowded.  These are all true but there are also lots of quieter spots in central London.  Today we took the kids for a scooter ride round Highbury Fields and then to the playground there.  This is what my kids found, right next to the toddler playground.

Secret tree circle.
Secret tree circle.

To the left of this photo were a few older kids hiding in a den and pretending to make fires with sticks.

My friend Nicola often says (most sensibly):

To have an outdoors lifestyle, you just need to go outdoors.  There’s no need to move to some remote place.

On the way home, we went through Compton Terrace Gardens.  These are AWESOME for small children to ride scooters and bikes because (1) they are linear so you can keep an eye on them quite easily and (2) no cars!  They have a few days each year where volunteers can do some gardening there.  I’ve noticed sage and rosemary there and the more shady areas have some lovely tiarellas.  I also love this tree.

False acacia. Introduced into Britain in 1636 from the southeastern USA.
False acacia. Introduced into Britain in 1636 from the southeastern USA.

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