Despite being one of the largest urban areas on the planet, London also enjoys a reputation as one of the greenest, with a huge number of parks and other natural spaces dotted around the city.
In fact, London has more green space than any other capital city in the world, with the likes of Hyde Park, Regent’s Parks and Hampstead Heath just a few of the wonderfully peaceful and seemingly rural places where locals and tourists can chill out when the hustle and bustle of the city gets too much for them.
As if that wasn’t enough, plans are now in place for a brand new Garden Bridge to built over the River Thames.
The idea was first thought up by actress Joanna Lumley – star of hit TV show Absolutely Fabulous – and with the government having recently pledged £30 million to support its construction, hopes are now high that the project can be completed by 2017.
According to Lumley’s vision, the new bridge will be a “floating paradise garden”, comprised of peaceful walkways lined with all manner of trees, wildlfowers and benches, where “the only sounds will be birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the threes”.
The bridge itself will connect the South Bank to Temple Station on the northern side of the river, so anyone on a sightseeing tour of the city centre will be able to cross the bridge as they make their way between London’s major landmarks.
Thomas Heatherwick, who designed the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic cauldron, will take charge of the project by coming up with a blueprint for the bridge, with the idea having initially occurred to Lumley around 15 years ago as a tribute to Lady Diana.
The bridge itself will also provide excellent views of some of London’s top sites, with Westminster and other major attractions visible from the walkways.