One of the best things about London is you can easily escape from it. That might sound like something very strange to say, but I assure you it is true. The fact is, if the noise, hustle and bustle all get a little too much for you, you can easily escape into one of the many parks and green spaces that London has to offer, like Clapham Common for example.
Clapham Common is one of the city's biggest green spaces - a huge triangular chunk of land situated in the heart of Clapham. The popularity of the Common is evident - this is a nice area surrounded by excellent transport links and just across the river from the very heart of the City, with a park boasting not one, but three ponds, as well as numerous sports areas including football pitches and tennis courts.
Things get pretty exciting (and crowded!) in the summer, when not only the locals come out to worship the sun, but many festivals set up camp to entertain the masses.
One thing that many find surprising is there is a rather excellent pub located in the outskirts of the common (The Windmill On The Common), which used to be a coaching inn. There is also a very large church situated next to the paddling pool (Holy Trinity Church).
So, onto the ponds. Of the three, two of them are rather large, and one rather small. It is possible to fish in two of them, while model boating is the common activity in the Long Pond. If you prefer something a bit more energetic, however, there is also the skate park to contend with.
All in all, a park for everyone, though you'll need to get up early if you want a good space in the summer months.