Best forests in London

Check out the top forests in London, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. Hampstead Heath

1. Hampstead Heath

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225 local reviews
Hampstead, London
+44 20 7332 3322
Park
cathy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Swim in the natural ponds in the summer or go for a coffee in the gardens of …
Jennifer
Wander and 'get lost' in the forest in the middle of London! Enjoy stunning views of London from Parliament Hi…
Joseph
Stunning parkland and forests suitable for walking, picnicking and relaxing. There are also some fantastic vie…
1. Hampstead Heath

1. Hampstead Heath

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225 local reviews
Hampstead, London
+44 20 7332 3322
cathy
cathy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Swim in the natural ponds in the summer or go for a coffee in the gardens of Kenwood house. Lovely winter w…
Jennifer
Jennifer
Wander and 'get lost' in the forest in the middle of London! Enjoy stunning views of London from Parliament Hill or wander through the tree-…
Joseph
Joseph
Stunning parkland and forests suitable for walking, picnicking and relaxing. There are also some fantastic views across London. Don't miss i…
2. The Horniman Museum and Gardens

2. The Horniman Museum and Gardens

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71 local reviews
100 London Rd, London
Closed now
+44 20 8699 1872
Museum
Margarete
Natural history museum, massive instruments collection and aquarium. Lovely garden and museums cafe. No entran…
Emily
Lovely place to take children. A small natural history museum with beautiful grounds and gardens and a small a…
Sebastian
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a British Museum in Forest Hill, and offers lots of outside space in a park…
2. The Horniman Museum and Gardens

2. The Horniman Museum and Gardens

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71 local reviews
100 London Rd, London
Closed now
+44 20 8699 1872
Margarete
Margarete
Natural history museum, massive instruments collection and aquarium. Lovely garden and museums cafe. No entrance fee. Just take the bus 180 …
Emily
Emily
Lovely place to take children. A small natural history museum with beautiful grounds and gardens and a small aquarium. It is a short walk fr…
Sebastian
Sebastian
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a British Museum in Forest Hill, and offers lots of outside space in a park for kids and adults alike - t…
3. Epping Forest Visitors Centre

3. Epping Forest Visitors Centre

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4 local reviews
Establishment
Kay
High Beach Forest Centre, situated at a traditional Epping Forest beauty spot, is a great place to picnic and …
Susy
This is a great place to drive and start a walk in the forest. The visitor centre has lots of interesting loca…
Michelle
Epping Forest is an area of ancient woodland straddling the border between north-east London and Essex. It is …
3. Epping Forest Visitors Centre

3. Epping Forest Visitors Centre

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4 local reviews
Kay
Kay
High Beach Forest Centre, situated at a traditional Epping Forest beauty spot, is a great place to picnic and an ideal stop on your way thro…
Susy
Susy
This is a great place to drive and start a walk in the forest. The visitor centre has lots of interesting local and nature information. Ther…
Michelle
Michelle
Epping Forest is an area of ancient woodland straddling the border between north-east London and Essex. It is a former royal forest. It cov…
4. Epping Forest

4. Epping Forest

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23 local reviews
Epping Forest, London
Park
Kay
An area of ancient woodland approximately 12 miles long and 2.5 miles wide - a former royal forest managed by …
Hannah
Get the train to Chingford from Walthamstow and head right out of the station, ten minute walk and you're in t…
Phaedra
Toms personal favourite to escape the city. An ancient forest to get lost in and there's always something new …
4. Epping Forest

4. Epping Forest

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23 local reviews
Epping Forest, London
Kay
Kay
An area of ancient woodland approximately 12 miles long and 2.5 miles wide - a former royal forest managed by the city of London Corporation…
Hannah
Hannah
Get the train to Chingford from Walthamstow and head right out of the station, ten minute walk and you're in the forest with miles of trails…
Phaedra
Phaedra
Toms personal favourite to escape the city. An ancient forest to get lost in and there's always something new to discover. A 15 minute walk …
5. Wimbledon Common

5. Wimbledon Common

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29 local reviews
Windmill Rd, London
Closed now
+44 20 8788 7655
Park
Katarina
We probably spend more time here than we do at home! Beautiful space for walks, runs or picnics on the grassy…
Curt
Next to wimbledon village which is cute with shops, pubs and the common is quite big, open and next to the for…
Rosi
Feel you are in the country ,just 5 minutes walking from here,with nice lakes and wildlife
5. Wimbledon Common

5. Wimbledon Common

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29 local reviews
Windmill Rd, London
Closed now
+44 20 8788 7655
Katarina
Katarina
We probably spend more time here than we do at home! Beautiful space for walks, runs or picnics on the grassy expanses. If you are a keen …
Curt
Curt
Next to wimbledon village which is cute with shops, pubs and the common is quite big, open and next to the forest which you can walk around …
Rosi
Rosi
Feel you are in the country ,just 5 minutes walking from here,with nice lakes and wildlife
6. Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

6. Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

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4 local reviews
MuseumEstablishment
Kay
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, right next to The View, is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunt…
Kathy & Sharon
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunt standing still surrounde…
Raimonda & Paulius
King HenryVIII commissioned this Hunting Lodge in 1542-3.It was called the Great Standynge. It was a platform …
6. Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

6. Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

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4 local reviews
Kay
Kay
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, right next to The View, is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunt standing still surrounded by …
Kathy & Sharon
Kathy & Sharon
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunt standing still surrounded by its medieval royal huntin…
Raimonda & Paulius
Raimonda & Paulius
King HenryVIII commissioned this Hunting Lodge in 1542-3.It was called the Great Standynge. It was a platform from which spectators could vi…
7. St James Street (Walthamstow)

7. St James Street (Walthamstow)

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2 local reviews
St James Street (Walthamstow)
Train stationBus stationTransit station
Niko and Racheli
Overground train to Liverpool Street, in East London (15 minutes, 4 trains/hour) on one side, and to Epping Fo…
Alexander
Train towards liverpool street (City Center). I you are up for a day in the forest, take this train in the oth…
Niko And Racheli
Overground train to Liverpool Street, in East London (15 minutes, 4 trains/hour) on one side, and to Epping Fo…
7. St James Street (Walthamstow)

7. St James Street (Walthamstow)

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2 local reviews
St James Street (Walthamstow)
Niko and Racheli
Niko and Racheli
Overground train to Liverpool Street, in East London (15 minutes, 4 trains/hour) on one side, and to Epping Forest (Chingford) on the other…
Alexander
Alexander
Train towards liverpool street (City Center). I you are up for a day in the forest, take this train in the other direction towards Chingford…
Niko And Racheli
Niko And Racheli
Overground train to Liverpool Street, in East London (15 minutes, 4 trains/hour) on one side, and to Epping Forest (Chingford) on the other…
8. Hollow Pond

8. Hollow Pond

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8 local reviews
Hollow Pond, London
Natural featureEstablishment
Phaedra
Good local spot for a jog and entrance into Epping Forest.
Angelina
This is a scenic part of Epping Forest if you fancy a countryside walk in London! As well only a quick bus rid…
Shahid
Big massive park - you can also hire a boat to explore the woodland and surrounding area. It is also good spot…
8. Hollow Pond

8. Hollow Pond

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8 local reviews
Hollow Pond, London
Phaedra
Phaedra
Good local spot for a jog and entrance into Epping Forest.
Angelina
Angelina
This is a scenic part of Epping Forest if you fancy a countryside walk in London! As well only a quick bus ride away (route W12).
Shahid
Shahid
Big massive park - you can also hire a boat to explore the woodland and surrounding area. It is also good spot for cycling.
9. Westfield Stratford City

9. Westfield Stratford City

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207 local reviews
Westfield Stratford City, Stratford
Closed now
020 8221 7300
Shopping mallEstablishment
Eddy
HUGE shopping mall in 30 mins from our flat in Stratford. All the big high street shops, restaurants are here …
Judy
If you want to visit a mall while in London this is one of the largest and is easy to get to from Forest Hill.
Morgan
If you want to spend one day shopping during your trip Westfield is the place to go and find all biggest brand…
9. Westfield Stratford City

9. Westfield Stratford City

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207 local reviews
Westfield Stratford City, Stratford
Closed now
020 8221 7300
Eddy
Eddy
HUGE shopping mall in 30 mins from our flat in Stratford. All the big high street shops, restaurants are here and there's a big cinema too. …
Judy
Judy
If you want to visit a mall while in London this is one of the largest and is easy to get to from Forest Hill.
Morgan
Morgan
If you want to spend one day shopping during your trip Westfield is the place to go and find all biggest brands: escape Oxford street crowds…
10. Go Ape

10. Go Ape

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7 local reviews
Go Ape
Closed now
0845 519 1672
Point of interestEstablishment
Michelle
Adventure-activity chain venue where groups explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course.
Jo
Adventure-activity chain venue where groups explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course.
Paul
Adventure-activity chain venue where groups explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course.
10. Go Ape

10. Go Ape

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7 local reviews
Go Ape
Closed now
0845 519 1672
Michelle
Michelle
Adventure-activity chain venue where groups explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course.
Jo
Jo
Adventure-activity chain venue where groups explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course.
Paul
Paul
Adventure-activity chain venue where groups explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course.
11. Forest Hill Station London Rd (Stop A)

11. Forest Hill Station London Rd (Stop A)

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2 local reviews
Forest Hill Station London Rd (Stop A), London
Bus stationTransit stationPoint of interest
Andrea
Forest Hill rail station has very regular trains to London Bridge and underground trains on the '0verground' l…
Laura
This train is on the East London Line & a 25 minute walk away. Alternatively, take the 185 bus (to Victoria) f…
Andrea
Forest Hill rail station has very regular trains to London Bridge and underground trains on the '0verground' l…
11. Forest Hill Station London Rd (Stop A)

11. Forest Hill Station London Rd (Stop A)

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2 local reviews
Forest Hill Station London Rd (Stop A), London
Andrea
Andrea
Forest Hill rail station has very regular trains to London Bridge and underground trains on the '0verground' line to Highbury and Islington,…
Laura
Laura
This train is on the East London Line & a 25 minute walk away. Alternatively, take the 185 bus (to Victoria) from Stop K on South Circular R…
Andrea
Andrea
Forest Hill rail station has very regular trains to London Bridge and underground trains on the '0verground' line to Highbury and Islington,…