Gorgeous, well-maintained neighborhood park. I've spent many a sunny day here napping, reading, eating, and just passing the time.
Plenty of benches and bins so I can bring food and not worry about where to toss it; lots of trees to sit against and do some reading. In a great area, too, so I can always run out and grab food or buy a book or something to take back into the park with me.
A few weeks ago I joined my friends for a walk in Waterlow Park with their dalmatian whippet mix pup, MoMo. Fall was quickly turning to winter and autumn hued leaves were all around.
While it was too cold for a picnic on this visit, I definitely want to come back for one in the spring.
Located near on a hillside near the posh Highgate Village, views of London from this park are very pretty. An ideal place to bring a kid, a dog or a person you fancy.
As a passionate and dutiful dog owner, a trip to Waterlow Park is on my daily to-do list. It's such a lovely park, with loads of old trees, spacious meadows...and best of all, it's all so well-maintained. In fact, the other day we had visitors from South London and they were in awe by how luscious and well-kept this park was...apparently quite a difference to some of the more plain commons.
What's also nice about this park is the fact that you have amazing views over the City (on clear days, that is). A good time to come here is around lunch-time, sit on one if the many benches and soak in the beauties surrounding you...
The only thing that I would like to change, is the rubbish bins. The thing with them is...they don't have a lid or a cover, which invites the non-human inhabitants of this lovely park (aka squirrels, foxes & crows) to rummage through the bins in the search for edible left-overs. While doing that, they have no shame in littering the floor with tissues, coffee cups and wrapping paper. My concern is not so much the appeal of this, but I'm more concerned about my dog, who namely thinks that this rubbish is the most tasty thing in the world!
A hidden gem! Probably because it's so close to Highgate Cemetery nobody bothers to mention this great park right next to it. There are lots of benches, green space to spread out; a hilly terrain, lovely ponds and a poplar (right tree species?) define the landscape.
Everything you'd need on a day out is there, including clean, free toilets and a lovely tiny café in Lauderdale House serving cold and hot drinks and a small variety of cakes and ice cream. You can either grab a seat outside or in the neatly decorated room next to the reception.
Worth a visit especially if you're around the area or fancy a break after having visited Highgate Cemetery.
I was there with my girlfriend for about three hours during the weekend. The picturesque area is perfect for relaxation, photo sessions and picnics. We were holding hands and just enjoying the beautiful nature.
Loved the ambience of this park
reccomended for nature lovers like me :)
I couldnt be happier walking a little friend around this cosy lung. the views are spectacular and Marxs bones are just next door.
A really lovely, large, park, and very peaceful too - yet so close to the main road! I visited for the first time on Saturday and it was every bit as lovely as I'd been told. There are beautiful trees everywhere and well kept beds full of flowers. The lakes and wild fowl are so nice to see and there are plenty of places for childen to play too. Some great (though distant) views over London as well from the top. Lauderdale House was a good place to stop for coffee (latte in a mug was £2). There are picnic tables outside or you can sit inside. It's self service at a small counter just inside the door. The toilets are inside to the left, just two cubicles and a step into each (there's a step going into the building as well). Clean, with soap, hand driers, mirrors and hot water.
Five Star open space. Close to my heart in so many ways. My mother used to always take me here post piano lessons or something or just en route from a-b. Leg stretch the dogs twice round the ponds, peer through the bars of the now quiet aviaries (there are plans a foot to reintroduce a few feathered friends, fingers crossed)and up to Lauderdale House to sit with cup of tea and either depending on the appetite, baked potato with prawns or chocolate cake. Absolute bliss. I occasionally go back for a reminisce and much to my delight (always) they have the very same chocolate cake I always enjoyed so much (some twenty + years ago- not bad!) Recent face life to the beautiful landscaping, general scrub behind the ears and new playground at the bottom has given this park a new lease of life. All this and incredible views across London. Class act.
I always go to this park, as it not as overated as Hampsted Heath and is a little quieter. It is on the way up Highgate hill, and you can always get a parking space outside. Waterlow Park has ponds on three levels, tree lined walkways, mature shrub beds and herbaceous borders, ornamental bedding, expanses of lawn, six tennis courts and a small playground for younger children. It is the perfect place to go to if you want a picnic, to walk the dog, to go with your girlfriend, or even to write an essay on your laptop! Its beautiful, quite big but not so you can get lost, and relaxing. No cars, pollution (that you can see) and busy body people rushing around. It's good to escape the city life sometimes. Especially if it's nice whether!
Discovering this park was one of the reasons we decided to buy our house in Archway. It is so lovely, hidden back from the road with few signs from the outside that it's there at all.
It's made up from the gardens of three stately homes and as a result has the most beautiful trees planted thoughtfully around the park. It also offers stunning views across London, you can see St. Paul's on a good day.
I would say it is definitely one of London's hidden gems and the perfect place for a good walk before enjoying a hearty lunch in Highgate.
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