The inaugural National Park City Festival takes place across London from July 20-28. It’s an eclectic celebration of London’s great outdoors, with events ranging from musical installations in Epping Forest to walking tours of Kensington Gardens.
Almost half of London is green space, and its eight Royal Parks cover almost 2,000 hectares of land and attract millions of sunseekers, nature lovers and flâneurs. But there are many more overlooked options – sanctuaries from the bustle of city life but unencumbered by crowds. Here are 10 of our favourites.