10 Fairytale Places in and Around London

By: From London with Teddy

Walking around London is a wonderful experience, filled with constant twists and turns, people are always different, unique angles and details, scenes that are constantly changing.
I sometimes feel like Alice in Wonderland and the city takes a fantastic connotation.
So I picked up 10 of the places that will give you the idea of ​​being in another dimension, in a different era, travelling not only with distances but also over time, cultures, customs, literature .. . It will give you the idea of ​​being in a fairy tale.

Peter Pan Statue, Kensington Gardens

Walking through the park you'll meet a few lost tourists asking you where the statue of Peter Pan is. It seems like a hunt treasure, in its discretion, so tiny, seems to have placed there from Neverland, ready to leave soon. In the end, Peter Pan  can not stay among adults too long. Perhaps this is why people look for it with a bit of concern, there, along the water course, with a little shortness of breath, as if hiding the fear not to locate it at all and loose a touch of fresh childish spirit, as if Peter had gone too soon from the life of all of us.

Paddington Bear Statue, Paddington Station

A bear, a giant of English literature for children, but also adults who admire with immense tenderness that little bear from Peru, collected at the station with a suitcase and nothing more , and his adventures to settle into a new family , a new country, an expatriate for excellence that best expresses the disorientation of those who daily faces many adventures without knowing how it will turn out. Paddington Bear is waiting to welcome or greet you knowing that there will be nothing but a "goodbye and see you soon".

Tudor Court Feltham

A corner of paradise, a court of another era where every corner has a detail that sets it apart, and it seems that the characters of Shakespeare or Jane Austen can get out of those doors at any moment to get involved in some comedy or tragedy or simply to offer a cup of tea, peering what happens  from the windows of the houses at a lower level.

Duck island Cottage St James

St James Park is all a fairy tale, but there is a corner at Duck Island Cottage, where they seem to be suddenly transferred in the heart of the Black Forest and some strange character that may surprise you. If you are lucky enough you'll get the black swan, regal and lonely, to soak in this atmosphere by the Brothers Grimm.

A corner of Kensington Palace Gardens

There is a hedge maze in front of Kensington Palace, which leads to the cafe and takes you straight into Alice's Wonderland, an enchanted place but with the certainty that the Queen in this case won't cut off the head , but rather invites you to try one of the noblest scones of London.

Queen Mary 's Garden bed of roses

From summer to winter, following the path that starts from the park you come to this expanse of roses of all types and colors (at least 12 thousand are arranged in 85 different beds) , and circularly arranged by type and name. The benches that surround them are among the best places in London where you can read and relax.

Battersea Park

In Battersea Park there is a wilder area in contact with water, the Ducks Pond, where it almost seems to see families of aquatic birds living their family life among the reeds, while the opposite side to the Ladies Pond has a ordered swarm of plants and colorful flower beds. The only one missing is the ugly duckling , but perhaps it has already become a beautiful swan.

The Walled Garden, Sunbury-on-Thames

Again, this is a real surprise : the garden opens at the end of a tunnel surrounded by a vineyard over the fencing wall , perfect rectangle with English flower beds and statues beautifully graded and sorted. The cafe has an open veranda on it, to savor a cup of tea and a slice of cake dipped in this enchanted place.


The time goes mad and returns to his seat at the observatory at Greenwich, where the meridian leads the time in the world, the hours are calculated with the hands, the shadows, the play of light, where you see the time flying with the desire to fantasizing that you just need to change the meridian and see what happens then or go back to correct something.

Twickenham, York House Garden

At York House Garden, Inside the park a point opens, where Oceanides, Statue of Italian import, in its immensity urges the viewer to go higher, to reach something far, to enjoy the freedom that challenges the sky, walking on the clouds, beyond the limits of the land, while among the flower beds and benches chase squirrels.

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Expat Blog ListingFrom London with Teddy is an Italian expat living in England. Blog description: News and tours in London and UK with a special guide, friend and brother: a little bear called Teddy
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Ilaria wrote 10 years ago:

You will have to take me to discover these beautiful London corners next time I come to visit you! Just from your captions they all sound amazing :-)

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