As the weather gets (slightly) warmer and the days become lighter, we will take a look at some of our favourite parks across London that are a must visit, rain or shine! Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy a romantic picnic, take a relaxing stroll or go for your morning run. There is a park to suit all needs!
Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens:
Hyde Park is arguably best known park in all of London, it's central location means it’s a favourite amongst tourists and locals. Hyde Park is also where you will find Kensington Gardens once the private garden of Kensington Palace, however now it can be enjoyed by all. The park features the Diana Memorial Playground including a huge wooden pirate ship and is an ode to the classic children’s book ‘Peter Pan’. Hyde Park also has the Serpentine Lake which crosses the length of the park where boating and swimming can be enjoyed by all, weather permitting of course. Should you visit in the winter the park hosts its annual Winter Wonderland Christmas market which is great fun for kids and adults! A number of underground stations surround the park and can easily be reached from any location in London.
Green Park & St. James Park:
Green Park and St. James Park sit along side one another and they are located next to one of the most iconic landmarks in London, Buckingham Palace home of the Royal Family. St James Park also sits next to the home of the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street. Both parks are also just a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens.
Regents Park/Primrose Hill:
Regents Park sits further north of the above mentioned parks and is again a firm favourite with many from its open air theatre, generous view of London’s skyline and it is also home to London's oldest Zoo. Primrose Hill sits at the top of Regents Park and is well worth the walk up the hill for a truly breathtaking view of London’s skyline from the Shard to the London eye. We love having picnics and sunbathing on Primrose Hill in the Summer time! The London Zoo is where you'll find Giraffes, Polar Bears and Tigers! Regents Park also has many beautifully kept flowers and lawns and is probably our favourite park!
Located in the heart of West London in Notting Hill, Holland Park is the perfect urban oasis with woodlands, family playgrounds and also a Japanese (Kyoto) garden. The Kyoto garden is Holland Park’s homage to Japan complete with waterfall and Koi fish, it is a perfect place to center oneself from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you’re lucky you may also see some peacocks roaming the park. In the summer, open-air theatre and opera are staged in the park.
London has a wealth of wonderful parks/gardens that are well worth a visit and can be enjoyed by both children and adults at anytime of the year. These are just a few of our favourite parks in London, have you been to any of the mentioned parks? Share your comments below!
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