Oxleas Wood is one of the last few remaining ancient woodlands in London. Situated just south of Shooters Hill across the borders of SE18 and SE9, it is South East London’s answer to Hampstead Heath.
Oxleas Wood covers over 77 hectares of woodland and meadows with incredible views across South East London all the way to the Kent countryside. It was opened as a public park in 1934 and parts of it date back to the last Ice Age 8000 years ago.
The park is popular with day trippers, picnickers, joggers and dog walkers but whereas many other London parks can get overcrowded, even on a sunny day Oxleas Wood has a chilled out vibe and it is easy to find your own space.
While kicking back on the grassy meadows soaking up the view and rambling through the woods are the main attractions here, the park also has a no-frills café and an outdoor gym.
If you have more time at your disposal, you should take a look at the nearby Severndroog Castle and round up the day at the cozy Red Lion pub (SE18 3RN).
How to get there:
Situated beside the A207, Oxleas Wood can easily be accessed by car. There is a bus stop near the main entrance (#244 from Woolwich town centre, #89 from Blackheath and Welling) and if you’re travelling from central London you can catch a train from Charing Cross to Falconwood (c. 30 mins), which is located on the south side of the park.