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The Best Parks To Visit In London
London is home to some of the world’s greatest museums, attractions, shopping destinations and restaurants, but in England’s vibrant capital you’ll also find a surprising amount of greenery too. A stroll in the park is the perfect way to spend a sunny day touring London, and these six have far more to offer than a slide and a swing set!
Located right in the centre of the city, Hyde Park is London’s most famous park, and it’s one of the best loved too. Within the park you will find over 4000 trees (of which 37% are London Plane’s), a lake where many of London’s swimmers exercise in the Summer months, along with a meadow and a spectacular rose garden. Of course if you are looking for something a little more exciting than a leisurely stroll can see the park at a quicker pace by cycling, skateboarding or skating by using a designated pathway.
The Regent’s Park
Spanning 410 acres, Regent’s Park was designed by the world famous architect John Nash in 1811. It’s famous for its rose gardens (featuring over 12,000 roses!) and the largest outdoor sports area in the city, but if football, cricket and rugby aren’t for you, you’ll also find a bird walk around that will enable you to view wild birds and waterfowl that live here too. In the summer months, the park also features a famous Open Air Theatre, where you can watch some first-rate productions under the stars.
As well as the usual ponds, pavilions and tennis courts that define other parks in London, Victoria Park is the place to go to for the best outdoor events. The Lovebox Weekender and Field Day Festival are held here every summer, and there’s also an outdoor theatre too!
Famous for being the home to over 650 deer that are free roaming the park, Richmond Park spans a huge 2,500 acres and is a paradise for sports lovers and also includes riding stables. There are also two golf courses, power kiting and some great cycle paths to challenge bikers of all abilities. This Royal Park is also very beautiful too, and the views from the top of the hill are so special that they’re protected by an act of Parliament.
Frequented by celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and George Michael, Hampstead Heath is one of the most famous public areas in London, but you don’t need an A-List bank balance to rub shoulders with them – admission is completely free! You’ll be transported to a world of tranquillity and serenity that will seem a million miles away from the fast pace of the city centre, and you can spend the day flying a kite, enjoying a picnic and taking in incredible views from the top of Parliament Hill before watching the sun set over the city.
This is one of the leading London attractions, and you can find offers on city breaks to save even more money!
Perfect for families, Battersea Park is home to a 1km riverside promenade to stroll along as well as beautiful fountains and boat hire on the lake in the summer. The huge flat park is very popular with joggers, and kids will be in their element with a trip to the park’s Battersea Children’s Zoo as well as plenty of play areas.