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Like New York, London is a huge city full of endless things to do and see. And with that comes lots and lots (and lots) of people.

The city can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, especially for first-time visitors with its fast-paced hustle and bustle. Also, like New York, it’s wonderful to “escape” the city by chilling out in a beautiful park or green space.

New York has its famous Central Park — an enormous oasis of calm and tranquillity. London, on the other hand, doesn’t have one single “green space” — it has 3,000.

Did you know that while your London hotel room may not be large enough to swing a cat in, a whopping 40% of London is well-maintained green space for you to enjoy?



a bridge over a body of water: St James Park in London during the daytime. (Photo by watcharit praihirun/Getty Images)


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St James Park in London during the daytime. (Photo by watcharit praihirun/Getty Images)

These range from those barely larger than a standard house block, through to vast Richmond Park, made up of almost 2,500 acres.

There’s no one official “best”

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Eight of the UK’s best wildlife reserves: readers’ travel tips | Parks and green spaces

Winning tip: Soup of biodiversity, Gwent

Occupying the last remaining piece of fenland on the Gwent Levels is Magor Marsh nature reserve. This is low-lying land, bordering the urban spread of Chepstow and Newport, and is a special place for wildlife, with big skies overhead and miles of waterways that are not only a soup of biodiversity but protect the area from Severn estuary floods. At Magor Marsh you can walk along boardwalks near where monks once worked to reclaim the land from the sea, through reed beds with Cetti’s warblers singing wildly, water voles dashing off, the sound of distant cuckoos floating on the air and plenty of waterfowl. If you are really lucky you may catch the splash of an otter or, by peering into the ancient reeds, spot a magnificent diving beetle glistening in the water.
Free to enter, no dogs permitted, gwentwildlife.org
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Croydon butterflies

A newly emerged Glanville Fritillary butterfly at Hutchinson’s Bank, Surrey.
A newly emerged Glanville fritillary butterfly at Hutchinson’s Bank, Surrey. Photograph: Stephan Morris Photography/Alamy

Croydon may be the last place you’d expect to find a wildlife paradise but if you head south-east of the town into the North Downs and Hutchinson’s Bank, you won’t be disappointed. Off Featherbed Lane in New Addington, the reserve is home to 40 of the UK’s 59 butterfly species, several varieties of orchid and a host of other invertebrates and wildflowers. It is a true green-space gem. Paths (some quite steep) crisscross the dry valley over the chalk grassland meadows and along woodland

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Kwik Trip lands frozen pizza on Green Bay Packers game day menu

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Meat Sweats Pothole Pizza is a combination pepperoni and sausage frozen pizza from Kwik Trip. (Photo: Daniel Higgins/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Culinary team members Kevin Buttner and Ray Monroe engineered Pothole Pizza to fill the brewpub niche of Kwik Trip’s pizza lineup.

Going on to be the official pizza of Lambeau Field was an act of marketing.

Buttner and Monroe started kicking around the idea of a premium frozen pizza last summer, and after taste-testing 15 pizzas, they dove into development.

Using taste-test notes and noting which Kwik Trip Cheese Mountain pizzas were top sellers, the team worked with suppliers to assemble the Pothole pizzas.

Monroe said they spent two months to find the right blend of cheeses. They settled on a five-cheese blend that includes a sprinkle of cheddar and a larger shred of cheese to make the pies more eye-catching.

Cheese meltability was another point of emphasis, Buttner said, as they tested the transformation from large shreds to golden brown in a time it took the crust to cook. 

Further differentiating this pizza from its existing options, the team went with a spicier sauce and a sausage that comes in big hunks that can’t be missed.

“We just didn’t want it to blend in,” said Monroe.

Initial Pothole Pizza topping options are sausage, pepperoni and a pepperoni-sausage combination. Released in July, customers have already inquired about additional options. Those may come, but not any time soon. With limited freezer space compared to grocery stores and just

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Meet The Black Woman Revisioning The Historic Green Book Travel Guide

The Negro Motorist Green Book was first published in 1936 as a guide for Black people traveling through hostile, racist towns in the Jim Crow South. The legacy of the publication helped hundreds of Black travelers to safely explore the country and encourage other generations of explorers. One Black woman wants to preserve its legacy with a new travel guide to open travelers to the African diaspora around the globe.

Martinique Lewis is a travel consultant and owner of the ABC Travel Green Book series, a new collection of travel guide books highlighting Black-owned tours, restaurants, and places of interest-based on the local Black population. Lewis was inspired by her own travel experiences meeting Black people from other countries.

“After traveling the world and being blown away by the people who look like me in places I’d never think Black people were, I knew I had to somehow create a resource that helped others have these experiences,” says Lewis in an email interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE.

“Not only did I want to connect the African diaspora globally, I wanted to celebrate Black businesses around the world to help keep the Black dollar circulating.  There is not one resource that compacts all this information and no search engine or travel site can tell you where in Israel you can get your hair braided. But we seek that info and now it’s available through the book!”

“In addition to running her own business, Lewis also works to advocate for diversity within the

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