Victoria Embankment Gardens, Charing Cross

Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon Roger Cracknell 01/Classic / Alamy Stock Photo

There are places you can live in London your whole life and never take notice of. This stretch of garden bordering the Thames at Charing Cross is one such location, but it's a fantastic spot to know in central London. Looking out onto Cleopatra's Needle on the embankment, it has grassy slopes, beautiful planting and a marvellous statue of Robert Burns. It's a wonderful stop off on a city bike ride.