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Published October 19th 2012
Picnic with a view
If you are looking to go exploring somewhere new this sunny weekend, read on.
The Honor Oak, located on One Tree Hill, is as historic as the name suggests. Only a ten minute walk from the Honor Oak Park tube station, this is a designated nature reserve. The tree cover extends over two acres in length and is surrounded by a perimeter path, where you can walk amongst the birds and the bees, literally.
On top of the hill is an oak tree planted to replace the original one, which was known as the Honor Oak, ever since Queen Elizabeth I picnicked with Sir Richard Bulkeley in 1602. Close by the tree is a beacon which was erected to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George VI in 1935, and later on used for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
The hill top has one of the best views overlooking London and serves as an ideal spot to unpack your picnic baskets.
There are quite a few good pubs and restaurants around the place. The Babur Restaurant, which is rated as one of the best Indian restaurants in London by The Independent newspaper, and the Italian restaurant Le Querce are good options, otherwise you can just walk down to the high street for some fresh pub food.
We would recommend this to all nature lovers and cultural explorers who want to look beyond museums and libraries.