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London’s fabulous parks

London is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and is out of the greenest cities in the world. With magnificent parks and sprawling green open spaces it offers visitors a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. With many of the parks being within the city itself, visitors can pop in at their convenience to spend time amidst the serene natural beauty, whenever they feel like taking a break from their hectic schedules.

Stay at any of the executive rooms London Kensington, and you will be in close proximity to many of the green open spaces in the area. Those who stay at the Shaftesbury hotels’ executive rooms London Kensington are within walking distance of the beautiful Kensington Gardens. For those looking for fun in London’s Parks a visit to Hyde Park is definitely recommended, as it offers an array of activities and attractions.  With numerous Parks being in residential areas some of the top green spaces to visit when in London are:

Clapham Common: A large triangular urban green park it lies in Clapham, South London. It lies between   two boroughs with one part being in the Borough of Wandsworth and the other half lying in the Borough of Lambeth. On the weekends, especially Sundays it is a popular place for a game of football besides having people come in for picnics, fly kites and generally just spend a relaxed afternoon. It covers an impressive 220 acres and is a popular spot with the local Clapham community. It is surrounded by elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture and also has the distinction of having London’s oldest bandstand.

Clissold Park: Clissold Park is a designated community park spread over 22.57 hectares and is located at Stoke Newington that lies within the Borough of Hackney. It is a Green Flag winning park that links the neighbourhoods of Stoke Newington and Highbury. It has a number of facilities which are used by visitors to the Park among which are its playgrounds, sports fields, tennis courts, paddling pool, a bowling green as well as a charming cafe. There is an abundance of wildlife to be found here, which include rabbits, quail and deer, ducks and terrapins (a species of turtle) in its lakes. There are also two wildlife ponds named Beckmere and Runtzmere. A great place to spend the day with the family!

Alexandra Park: The Park is named after Queen Alexandra, the royal consort of King Edward the VII. This beautifully landscaped park is spread over 80 hectares and is a Green Heritage as well Green Flag winner located in the Borough of Haringey in the north of London. In 2013, it was made a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1. It offers stunning views of London’s skyline with the magnificent Alexandra Palace being its crown jewel. It is very popular with the locals and visitors alike to Muswell Hill and Crouch End. Other attractions in the area are an ice rink, a concert area in Ally Pally and a weekly farmers’ market.

Dulwich Park: Spread over 76.2 acres of space Dulwich Park lies in the Borough of Southwark in the South of London. It lies at the centre of picturesque Dulwich Village, and the equally beautiful Dulwich Park hosts numerous sports facilities, a scenic boating lake and many types of recumbent bikes for hire, which make for a great way to explore the area with its lovely lawns and duck ponds.

Crystal Palace Park: The Crystal Palace Park is well known for serving as a venue that hosts sporting and cultural events. It derived its name from the glass and steel structure that was called The Crystal Palace, built to host the 1851 Great Exhibition that was removed later after the exhibition ended. The park is located within the Borough of Bromley. It is a classic park of the Victorian era with Crystal Palace Park featuring full scale models of dinosaurs, lakes, a concert bowl, a maze and stunning Italian terraces. Visitors to the park can also explore the National Sports Centre, its café and even a city farm.

Greenwich Park: It was a former hunting site spread over 180 acres and is out of the largest single green open spaces in the South-East of London. It is surrounded by beautiful museums and famous institutions and is a part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site. Within close proximity are some fantastic period properties. It offers a splendid view of the Greenwich Peninsula, Canary Wharf and over the Thames and has some fabulous landscaped gardens to explore.

Eel Brook Common: The Eel Brook Common is a stretch of common land that is situated in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and lies close to the Fulham Broadway tube station. Despite several efforts to develop the place it has managed to retain its attractive three acres of land as a green open space. It also houses tennis courts, a playground and sports pitches.

Tooting Commons: Is ancient common land that is spread over 200 acres and lies between Balham, Streatham and Tooting. It offers visitors spots for fishing, ponds, woodlands, nature trails, tennis courts and its famous open air swimming pool built in 1906, the Tooting Bec Lido.

Richmond Park: It lies in South-West London and initially started out as a deer park created by Charles I in the 17th century. Being a Grade I park it is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is also the largest of London’s Royal Parks and well known for wildlife conservation. With its resident deer it is a delightful place for cyclists, walkers, cyclists and horse riders of all age groups.

Hampstead Heath: Spread over 790 acres Hampstead Heath used to once be an area infamous for highwaymen. It now lies bang in the centre of prime property in London’s trendy areas of Hampstead, Highgate and Belsize Park. It offers a variety of natural beauty with woodlands, meadows, ponds, woodlands and wildlife.

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