Redbridge

It's city and country all at once in the London Borough of Redbridge. Central London is minutes away via rail or Tube and gorgeous countryside surrounds, so the borough is popular with London commuters. It's also popular for outdoorsy types as well. The borough's two large country parks offer an array of activities: golf, sailing, windsurfing, and angling at Fairlop Waters and hiking, bridleways, and a farm/mini-zoo at Hainault Forest Country Park. Both offer adventure play areas and plenty of fresh air and open space for children from toddlers to teens. The Redbridge Cycling Centre offers road and off-road tracks for cyclists of all abilities, including lessons and cycle hire. The more cosmopolitan-minded might enjoy Wanstead's high street, which boasts a bevy of independent retailers and eateries. The borough's gem, though, is the newly restored Valentine's Mansion, which is open to the public and decked in Georgian glory. Visitors can interact with the mansion as it was 200 years ago, enjoy the gardens and adjacent park, or check out one of its many year-round cultural and artistic events. Home to a diverse population of more than 250,000, the flavours, sights, and sounds of the world are on offer in Redbridge.

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