Alongside the great bars, curry houses, markets and art galleries that surround Qbic, there’s also a number of parks and gardens. For those who really want to get away from it all, here’s a selection of green and quiet outdoor spots conveniently located just minutes from the action.
Pagoda in Victoria Park
The expansive Victoria Park is no secret, but after taking a row boat around West Lake, be sure to check out the oriental pagoda, and stop for some food and coffee at the Pavilion Cafe. Built in 2010, the pagoda is a replica of one first made in 1842.
Victoria Park, Grove Road, E9 7DE More info.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
Take the short overground ride to Dalston from Qbic to experience this tranquil garden built over the old Eastern Curve railway line. It hosts a variety of events including pizza Sundays and live music all in the wooden pavilion created by architecture collective Exyzt.
St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney
A community gardening and growing project, this small garden covering just 0.7 of an acre is crammed with flowers, herbs and woodland. A great place to get some respite from the Hoxton madness.
Geffrye Museum Garden, Shoreditch
Also in Hoxton is the Geffrye museum, a permanent exhibition exploring the lives of the British middle class over the last 400 years. It features a series of period gardens aimed at illustrating the importance of outdoor space to urban living through the centuries.
Venture out of East London to Highgate Cemetery in the north of the city, and by the famously steep Highgate Hill. The spooky burial ground filled with grand Victorian tombs, mausoleums and the grave of Karl Marx draw large numbers of visitors. Certainly for a cemetery.