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City tree trail - great London walks

City tree trail - great London walks

On a lazy Sunday afternoon with the crisp, hazy sunshine of early Spring, this is a great route for taking in city views and tiny tranquil parks and gardens - many of which seem to be little hidden gems.

Bare winter trees in a square surrounded by old London buildings.

We came across this walk through Buzzfeed, more or less combining two City of London / Trees for Cities suggested walks, around 5-6 miles in total.

Looking up at St Paul's Cathedral with bare winter tree branches coming in to view.

The City of London tends to be deserted on a Sunday afternoon, making it perfect for this kind of walk. With very little traffic, the City has a relaxed, almost eerie feel. We started along Victoria Embankment Gardens, and headed all the way down to St Dunstan-in-the-East, which was quite possibly my favourite discovery. A church originally built around 1100, it was damaged during the Great Fire of London and again during the Blitz in 1941. What remains creates a truly peaceful oasis, making you forget you're in the City.

St Dunstan in the East London

Our route took us past Carter Lane Gardens, the West Smithfield Rotunda Garden and St Bartholomew's Church, Postman's Park and the London Wall, through St Mary's Aldermanbury's Gardens, Guildhall, St Paul's Churchyard, Festival Gardens and along the river to St Dunstan's. Postman's Park was another highlight with its incredible plaques honouring those who gave up their lives to save others.

Sunlight streaming through trees in Postman's Park, London. Benches and white flowers fill the view.

This is a great way to discover some really beautiful gardens, all with amazing stories.

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