One of the things I love most about London is her green spaces. Roughly 47% of London is green! And definitely one of the cheapest things to do is to go for a walk in the parks. I decided to take a trip (it really was a trip – a 1.5h Tube and bus journey to be precise) out to West London for some fresh air and also to get up close (but not too close!) to the wild deers that call the park their home.
Since I was there mostly to see the deers, I decided to start from South of the park. I got off the bus at Warren Road Coombe and entered the park via Broomfield Hill. That’s when all the planning went haywire because Google Maps started pointing towards some impossible route and there were also more paths than on the maps and I started “heading in the general direction of North” using the Carmen Compass. All I knew was that I had to somehow get to Sawyer’s Hill because that will bring me to Petersham Nurseries where I can enjoy afternoon tea.
Word of warning about the deers – they are free to roam the park and aren’t kept behind nay fences. They are generally quite blasé about us humans; the younger Bambi-type deers were actually really shy and ran off as soon as they saw me walking towards them. However, there have been cases of deer attacks especially during rutting (breeding) season in Autumn so best to be cautious and bring a zoom lens instead of risking your life!
I love nurseries/ greenhouses/ conservatories and Petersham is one of the most beautiful nurseries I’ve been to.