Many successful people will tell you: the most important part of your work day often takes place away from your desk space. Why? Because we derive motivation and energy from features of the outside world that we cannot get in our usual working environments. Breathe in fresh air, soak up plant life, listen closely to birds, revel in the peace and quiet. This will not only see improvements in the quality of your work due to increased focus, creativity, and productivity. Your general sense of wellbeing will also benefit: fresh air and greenery makes us happier, healthier, and more aware of ourselves. And nothing is more important than that.
If you work in Borough or London Bridge (you may even work in our Uncommon workspace in Borough) there are plenty of vibrant gardens and parks near Borough market and the surrounding area. We love the city, but it’s imperative that we also get a taste of natural life. Take your lunch break to a nearby park bench. Take a brisk walk through some city gardens. However you choose to spend your time outdoors, the important thing is that you are not trapped inside your office all day – even if your office is beautiful and calm in itself!
Here are some of the best parks near Borough market to help you foster a healthier office lifestyle. Let’s take a look at some of our favourites…
St George’s Churchyard Gardens
Positioned back-to-back with our Uncommon site, St George’s Churchyard Gardens are a favourite of our members who want to nip out for a quick break. Ample benches for thinking, neat footpaths for strolling, grassy areas populated with fresh herbs and towering oak trees. There’s even a traditional rock garden. Designed as a peaceful retreat with a historical feel, these gardens have all the ingredients of a calming lunchtime hangout. The park closes at dusk, so make sure you visit in the afternoon during those winter months.
Long Lane, London SE1 4PG
Leather Market Gardens
Perhaps one of the largest parks near Borough market, the vibrant expanses of Leather Market Gardens present the perfect spot to take your lunch on a work break. Perch on a park bench and take in the colourful surroundings. The park is replete with beautiful flower beds, surrounded by charming period flats, and features an impressive circular rose garden to boot. Dating back to the 1930s, the traditional elegance of this expansive green space is bound to provide the perfect break from screens and phone calls.
Weston Street, London SE1 3RG
Red Cross Garden
The Red Cross Garden has a real village feel to it. If you miss the serenity of country spaces, bask in the colourful flora and refreshing water features throughout this small green enclosure. This is an award-winning park which was beautifully renovated by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) in 2005. The organisation and its volunteers have maintained the garden ever since, also running after-school clubs, poetry readings, and even tours of the garden. Spots like these are not only quiet retreats from city life, but integral parts of the surrounding community. Remember that as you enjoy a lunchtime salad by the pond!
Red Cross Garden, 50 Redcross Way, London, SE1 1HA
Potters Fields Park
Located right on the riverfront, Potters Fields Park is more than just a regular city green space. Its an oasis in the heart of the capital, with hundreds of people passing through on a daily basis. The park is home to over 50 species of plant and a luscious herb garden created by Piet Oudolf, an influential Dutch garden designer. With marvellous views of Tower Bridge, the HMS Belfast, and various city landmarks, there will be no shortage of relief in this contemporary city park. Grab a bite to eat in the café or bring your own picnic for a relaxing break away from your desk.
Tooley Street, London, SE1 2RL
The expansive Tabard Gardens is around the corner from our Uncommon space in Borough, and it might be one of our favourite parks near Borough market for sports and activities. Whether you want a game of football or you just want to squeeze some exercise into your day, Tabard Gardens is the space for you. The park also offers an outdoor gym and table tennis for those looking for a dose of activity during their lunch breaks, and it’s located away from traffic so you will be free from interruption.
Tabard Street, London, SE1 4BU
Here at Uncommon, we care about how you feel at work. Our coworking spaces are designed with your wellbeing in mind. Every single detail helps create an environment in which you can feel good about your work. Visit Uncommon in Fulham, Liverpool Street, Highbury & Islington, and Borough to experience our unique vision of working life.