Best parks for… a quiet escape

Purple flowers, grass and trees in green leaf in Canonbury Square

You’ve probably visited the beautiful spaces of Highbury Fields, Gillespie and Caledonian Parkvs, but what about the lesser-known green spaces? Here’s our pick of some of Islington’s best hidden gems for escaping the sights and sounds of the city

Canonbury Square

Recently given a Green Flag Award, the gorgeous Canonbury Square is home to the Canonbury Tower. Built in the 16th century, it’s one of the oldest buildings in Islington and the former home of Francis Bacon and Thomas Cromwell, among others.

Duncan Terrace Garden

Another 2023 Green Flag Award-winner is Duncan Terrace Garden, a long strip of wooded greenery just off St John’s Street. But don’t let its proximity to Angel fool you – it’s a real oasis, with interesting plants and beautifully-designed bird boxes. It’s the perfect spot to relax and listen to the birds sing.

Sunnyside Gardens

Sunnyside Gardens are a haven for the local community, who work hard every day of the week to keep them looking luscious. Opposite is Elthorne Peace Gardens, which provide a wonderful space to sit and reflect – just one reason why parks are so good for our mental health.

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To find out more about Islington parks, visit the Islington Council website

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