Holidays: Northern Ireland is ‘amazing for camping’ says expert
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There is a place in Central London where tourists can rent a camping space, right there in someone’s garden. How many Britons know that they can go to “the middle of Clapham, put up [their] tent and have a campfire and enjoy all the outdoor cooking and be free with that”?
This is the experience that Pamela Price offers to campers who book a campsite in her garden.
Pamela decided to start renting her garden in 2012, “because it was there and it seemed a shame she having this beautiful garden in the middle of London.”
She read about camping in gardens in the paper and decided to give it a go.
In Pamela’s garden, there is space for “two, possibly three” tents, but since Covid, lockdown and a change of operator, “it’s kind of reduced considerably”.
Throughout the years, the garden has been “very, very popular”.
With trellis and greenery, beehives and plants and trees, Pamela’s garden is an outdoorsy haven in the middle of London.
The outdoorsy bit can throw some people off, with some campers having issues with London foxes.
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Pamela said: “You know we’re here in the middle of London, but we do have foxes, which are a delight to most people.”
She continued: “But there were some people who came from a country place in the North, and then grumbled because the foxes ate their food and their shoes.”
She laughed about having “to buy them new shoes.”
The garden is a communal place, where people can have “a quiet chat, socialised eating and drinking and enjoying the birds and the general peaceful vibe”.
Pamela has also made sure there are facilities for campers renting out a spot.
She said: “We’ve got a new garden bathroom which is outside.
“There is a new shower, Wifi, a kitchen that can be used indoors, but obviously people camping often find that they want to use the fire pit and stuff like that because it’s what camping’s all about.”
Camping in the middle of London is still camping, and Pamela is glad that “people who have come have been very sociable, got together and it’s been great.”
Now that the pandemic – which halted all travel and certainly all garden camping – seems to be over, Pamela and her garden are hoping to see more people camp out.
She said: “We’re hoping that now [with the love of staycation] people will be more interested in coming to have a kind of garden life in London.”
When Express.co.uk spoke to a woman in Liverpool about renting out her garden, it was assumed that Britons did not think about camping in cities and that overseas tourists made the bulk of the garden campers.
But Pamela’s experience has been different.
On the people she’s had come and stay in her garden, she said she had Britons too, amongst “German, Japanese a lot of Dutch, some French, a big mixture… oh and Americans.”
Americans camping in London seemed to delight Pamela and her spokesperson, and it is a rather wonderful thing to imagine.
With Pamela’s garden being so lovely and well appointed, an “American woman stayed a hundred days.”
She admits this is probably an exaggeration, but the woman, from California, camped in the Central London garden “before the 2012 Olympics and stayed well after they had finished”.
While most Britons will find it hard to imagine such an experience, Pamela seemed to love it.
She said: “Would you believe Americans camping in London?”
With Pamela’s garden situated in the middle of London, there are fantastic transport links to all corners of the capital, making it the perfect base for a London staycation.
Or a long-term camping adventure.
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