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space and great views........was pretty good for central London.
just go hang out with some deer
For the first, maybe Wapping - it has the river on one side and a busy road on the other, in between it's just flats and some parks and is always very quiet.
For the second, Stamford Bridge when Chelsea are 2-0 down.
GET DEM BANTS IN EARLY
(For the sake of accuracy I think that scenario has happened twice in the last 10 years)
very quiet + lovely views: https://twitter.com/Severed799/status/422042976228220929/photo/1
Do you live round there S799? Lovely walks, only occasionally interupted by dog walkers.
Alternatively Maryon Park, where the park scenes of Blow Up were filmed, has always been absolutely deserted everytime I've been there:
went last Saturday afternoon and happened to get there at the perfect time for a sun-set!
I've been to a few of the other grand Victorian cemetaries but I think that Nun head is my favourite.
Have you been up to Hilly Fields in Brockley? The stone circle on top of the hill is a good spot for a sunset...
will note that. Hung out at Brockley Park in Brixton in the summer though, which also has some pretty decent views (and airplanes every few seconds)
Burgess Park has had a ton of money spent on it recently too, although I don't know if that would count as 'peaceful' necessarily. Got some pretty good facilities now however...
Yeah I briefly lived right next to Burgess Park when I first moved down, was great
where you feel like you're in the middle of the country and not on the edge of zone 2.
anywhere in South East London. Weird place for weirdos.
Not pretty though.
It does not look quite that appealing, at least at the moment.
The Pumphouse Museum is worth a vist if you do return...
I missed the last one :(
I've played there a couple of times - bitch of a place to find...
...if I'd known I would have come down and cheered*
AND Wassailing events.
Greenwich Park, Blackheath, Telegraph Hill Park, Brockwell Park, etc.
Right next to the artery road for the main trauma centre in the UK, so ambulances skreeched past 24/7. And then on a sunday, petticoat lane market set up in my front yard. Fucking brutal, but good locaton otherwise.
Back to quiet- primrose hill is where I was going to move had I stayed in london.
There or St Johns Wood for a decent area of London that's fairly central and feels like a small town rather than a big city. Be prepared to pay for the luxury though.
...are the only parts of central-ish (ie zone 2) London that I find to genuinely have a villagey feel about them.
and this weird 'olde village' type place
It sets off car alarms.
The further east, the quieter and creepier it gets.
quiet but not peaceful. ballardian, if you will *strokes chin*
pick a place in SE London that isn't New Cross and you'll only ever be 5 minutes away from somewhere green and peaceful
No traffic, no lights on in any of the houses, because no-one who owns there lives there
...what's wrong with Telegraph Hill, The Cutting Nature Reserve or Nunhead Cemetary?
it's not *that* green, is it?
Spend long enough in Canning Town, everything looks like Hobbiton
Yeah, there are a fair few green spaces (Dulwich college grounds, Sydenham woods, Greenwich park, Ladywell park, Brockwell park) and it gets pretty 'leafy' out Chislehurst / Bromley way.
Have a look at a satellite view and see for yourself...
Can feel a bit 28 Days Later when you're wandering round Bank on a Saturday.
There are a lot more restaurants & cafés in the City open at the weekend compared to 10 years ago, especially near main tourist attractions like St Paul's and Monument. Plus the rather dreadful One New Change shopping centre attracts some crowds.
I used to work weekends in The City (underrated second album tbh tbf) in the late 90s and the only people you would see would be workmen. These days I find it freakishly busy in The City at weekends by comparison.
but you guys know about the viewing deck on the top of it right?
that my mate martin used to like going there, wed do our thing, get completely out of it, and then wonder around appreciating the weird ambiance and go on our own public art tours/architecture/vista tours
(Maybe that was one of the reasons)
Also if you go off piste maybe, into the undergrowth.....maybe its been madeover?
actually, if you dont have to be anywhere at anytime, many places in london can appear quite tranquil, if you are in the frame of mind that tourists are 'things', worker drones are 'things', shoppers are 'things' (just like buildings are 'things'
then the whole of London sort of seems far calmer and more peaceful and you can walk through it like the characters from the matrix do.
"a place in your mind".......druks could probably also have some effect
Considering its location, the gardens there are surprising quiet.
Having said that, there are far more 'quieter' areas in zone 1 these days compared to pre-Congestion Charge London. The place would basically be gridlocked between 7am and 7pm