Londoners know that at some point you need to escape from the cars of the big city, the rush and the tourists and find a place where you can take a break from it all, this is one of many.
Buddhapadia Temple is very close to where I live, it is a Thai temple and I use to come here sometimes when I just want to relax and have a walk by the creek and take some nice photos.
The good thing about this place is that only few people know about it, most of them are simply the neighbours so you can either decide to have your space and relax or make some friends.
The coolest thing about Buddhapalia Temple is that you can just walk in but there are some rules, you shall respect the people who are actually coming here to pray.
The garden is surrounded by Buddha statues, all of them in different positions, all of the statues have different meanings depending of the position of the arms, if Buddha is standing, laying down or seated.
Inside, the temple is full of stunning and colourful paintings that show Buddha in different activities. A priest will often be there and answer all your questions about the paintings and all you curiosity regarding the Thai culture, you will definitely go back home more relaxed and with more knowledge about a different culture.
Even though Buddhapalia Temple is very small you will definitely spend a different day in London, away from the noise of the cars, the rush and the traffic.
Where to find it
If my words are not convincing enough for you to visit this Thai Temple then it means that you should definitely watch the video below. With this I hope I can transmit the feeling I have every time I walk into this world.