London might be a big urban city, but it’s not short of green spaces. One of the best things about London is the range of magnificent parks you can explore free of charge, be it for a casual walk, a picnic or just to catch a bit of sun. Here is a selection of our favourite parks in London.
Located at the heart of London, Hyde Park is one of the capital’s most iconic parks. Covering over 350 acres, it has something to offer for everyone whether you’re into boating, cycling, skating, tennis, horse riding or simply working on your tan!
St James’s Park
St James’s Park is home to many species of wildfowl, including pelicans which have been kept there since the 17th century and are fed every day at 2.30 on the dot. The bridge over the lake (see picture) offers a great view of Buckingham Palace. St James’s hosts regular parades and national celebrations, such as the Horse Guards Parade.
Regent’s Park was originally a hunting space for Henry VIII, and was only open to the public in 1845 after it was redesigned. Regent’s Park regularly hosts music festivals as well as the Open Air Theatre. There are also plenty of places to grab an ice cream or coffee, as well as boat hires and amazing rose gardens.
The largest park in London – around 3 times bigger than New York’s Central Park – Richmond Park is full of ancient trees, plants and animals. There are also horse riding tracks and cycling paths. Richmond Park is an ideal spot for an afternoon of calm and exploration.
Located west of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens once was a private garden for Kensington Palace but is now open to the public. It is home to some beautiful statues and sculptures, most famously the spectacular Albert Memorial which in itself is a good enough reason to visit.