Reported by the BBC today, On Your Feet Britain says office workers are sitting too much at work. So in an international bid to get us all moving about more, here are our top five city parks from the Spring 2015 guides. Explore the boundaries of the lunch break. Live a little (longer).

LONDON – Postman’s Park – Unusual (pictured)

A short and pleasant walk north from St Paul’s Cathedral, this leafy park is one of the City’s bigger green spaces, a peaceful former burial ground dating back hundreds of years. Since 1900 it has been home to the unique Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice, commemorating the bravery of ordinary people who died trying to save others, as well as intriguing guided tour groups and surprising strollers. St Martins Le-Grand, London EC1A.

PARIS – Parc André Citroën – Outdoors

Created in the 1990s on the site of the old Citroën factory and expanded last year, Paris’s only park opening onto the Seine is a clever modern take on the formal garden. Here you’ll find lawns, a garden in motion, greenhouses and colour-themed gardens, amusing stepping stones and water jets. Weather permitting, you can also admire Paris from above with rides in a captive balloon. Don’t miss the black garden. Quai André Citroën, 75015.

MOSCOW – Victory Park – Walk

The most moving sight of the Victory Day holiday on 9 May isn’t the Red Square parade or fireworks but the veterans proudly sporting their medals in the parks and squares. Catch them here, on benches running the length of Veterans’ Alley from the Victory Monument to the open-air Museum of Military Equipment (perfect for children and much more fun than it sounds). Admission to the park is free. Poklonnaya Gora (Victory Park),Moscow 121293.

SYDNEY – Chinese Garden of Friendship – Walk

A hidden oasis in the heart of the city with cascading waterfalls, exotic plants and a fishpond teeming with koi carp. The very reasonable entrance fee makes it popular among locals and visitors throughout the year, as does its lakeside teahouse. Visit mid-morning on a Tuesday and enjoy a stroll through the gardens before settling in for Jasmine tea and dumplings at the teahouse. Pier Street, Darling Harbour, 2000.

TOKYO – Hama Rikyu TeienGardens

Shoguns used to go duck hunting here. Then the Imperial family would hang out here. Now the gardens are open to all and sundry, and they offer a beautiful, peaceful counterpoint to the consumer frenzy of nearby Ginza. Take a seat on the pavilion’s red carpet, sip a bowl of green tea and forget for a moment that you’re in a metropolis. 1-1 Hama Rikyu Teien, Chuo-ku.

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