Syon Park Enchanted Woodland
Every woodland with a marketing department is putting some lights up and creating a winter trail, but Syon Park are the OGs in this seasonal game. Their 45-minute trail, only on for three weekends, finds the 600-year-old gardens transformed into a display of lights and music; winding through the arboretum, through the 16th century Syon House manor, and ending at the Great Conservatory. And it's got plenty of lights - from your standard candle to your high-tech laser. An atmospheric evening if ever we saw one - and, trust us, we have.
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As well as being one of the boroughs four Local Nature Reserves, Queen's Wood is one of four ancient woodlands in Haringey, occupying an impressive 52-acres. For an interesting fact: These woods are thought to be the direct descendants of the original ‘wildwood’, which covered most of Britain about five thousand years ago - pretty darn interesting.
Coppett's Wood and Glebelands
Just outside Barnet is Coppett's Wood - a forest towering with oak and hornbeams, and a number of rare insects. Glebelands is a remnant of Finchley Common and is decked out with acres of woodland and ponds.
So, this one might be a little of a trek from central London, but boy is it worth the extra effort. Stretching over 252 impressive acres, this country park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Most of it is secondary woodland, but it retains much of the original ground flora with some rare species.