London is one of the most visited cities in the world, and with so many famous and historic landmarks spread across the city, it’s easy to see why.

For some, however, the hustle and bustle of the capital is far too hectic.

But that needn’t mean abandoning that visit to the Big Smoke altogether, as Premier Inn has stepped off the beaten path to find five of the most relaxing spots the capital has to offer.

So escape the crowds, relax, and enjoy these must-visit spots for city-dwellers and day-trippers alike.

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1. Japanese Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

You don’t have to jet across the world to experience calming Japanese gardens.

At the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park, Kensington, visitors can enjoy the elaborate gardens, tiered waterfalls and beautiful koi carp.

2. Wild Swimming in Hampstead Heath

Wild swimming in the London sunshine is definitely an experience worth trying.

Hampstead Heath’s ponds are famed for their refreshing qualities and stunning scenery.

Taking a dip in one of London’s prettiest parks is the perfect way to unwind.

3. Rowing in Richmond

Take a gentle glide down the Thames by Richmond Bridge.

This relaxing pursuit has been a London tradition for over a hundred of years.

Head to Richmond Bridge Boathouses to rent a beautifully crafted row boat and enjoy a pleasant trip exploring pretty West London.

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4. Treetop Walking in Kew Gardens

Kew’s botanical gardens are beautiful and ripe for exploring.

Whether you’re cooling off in the shade amongst the impressive plants and flowers from around the world or looking to get away from it all with a stroll through the treetops with their Treetop Walkway, you’ll feel instantly revitalised at Kew. 

5. Canal Boating in Little Venice

The picturesque waterways of Little Venice, just north of Paddington, provide a perfect place to explore central London, avoiding the busy pavement.

Renting out a canal boat in this peaceful haven and watching the world go by on the water is a lovely way to while away the hours and enjoy London at a slower pace.

What are your favourite hidden spots in London? Let us know in the Comments section below.