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Date updated: 5/27/2021

Although only 1.12 square miles in size, making it the smallest city in England, the City of London has an abundance of outdoor activities to offer. Explore art, history, architecture and nature, all while safely social distancing outside.

#PictureTheCity

While you're out and about in the City, don't forget to snap away on your camera or smartphone and submit your pics for the #PictureTheCity competition via Instagram!

City Gardens

Discover one of the many parks, gardens and churchyards to visit in the City of London. Including St Dunstan in the East Church Garden, a truly unique space set within the ruins of a Wren church. Finsbury Circus Gardens, the largest public garden in the City of London, or Beech Gardens, hidden within the Barbican estate.

Self-guided walks

Download online or pick up a free self-guided tour map from the City Information Centre and discover the City of London at your own pace. Including the Children's Trail, three different child friendly walks for a free family day out, or Lights, Camera, Action, discover the actual locations where films were shot including Harry Potter and James Bond.

If you prefer to go digital, check out our City Visitor Trail and Exploremore apps, available for iPhone and Android. These apps will take you on a tour of the Square Mile with added bonus audio from subject experts. 

City Guides tours

The City of London Guides are experts on the City. They run a regular programme of themed guided walks throughout the year covering the Square Mile's 2,000 year history. Some highlights are Discover Roman London, Charles Dickens' London and Walk the River.

Illuminated river

Illuminated River is a long-term art installation transforming the capital at night with an orchestrated series of light works that span along the Thames. Its subtly moving sequences of LED light symbolically unify central London’s bridges, drawing inspiration from the spirit and history of the river and from the architectural and engineering heritage of its bridges. London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges were illuminated in July 2019. Once complete, at 3.2 miles in length, Illuminated River will be the longest public art project in the world.

Sculpture in the City

See contemporary sculptures, hidden amongst the high-rise buildings to the east of the City by some of the world's most high-profile artists.

Talking statues

City of London statues have been brought to life. Voice-overs are provided by some of the nation's most cherished speakers, to animate much-loved street art.

Children's Play Areas

There are several play areas in the Square Mile for your little ones to let off steam. 

Smithfield Rotunda Garden

Smithfield Rotunda Garden has trees, lawns, seating and accessible children's play areas with jumping boards, balancing steps and playground spinners.

Fortune Street Park

Located next to Prior Weston Primary School, Fortune Street Park has lawns, trees, benches, picnic tables and children playgrounds with swings, sides, merry-go-round, jungle gyms, floor mats (for soft landings) and a coffee stall.

Portsoken Street Gardens

Set up by the Lord Mayor of London in 1936 to commemorate King George V, Portsoken Street Garden is a small green space with lawns, wildlife ponds, benches and accessible children's play areas with jumping discs, balancing steps and a sandpit.

Tower Hill Garden

Located opposite the Tower of London and next to a fragment of the Roman City Wall, Tower Hill Garden is an attractive green space with lawns, trees, seating and an accessible children's play area featuring a basket swing, slide, jumping boards and natural boulders.

Outdoor Dining

After a day exploring the City you'll have worked up an appetite. Trust us! Check out our top recommendations for outdoor dining in the Square Mile.