Six of the Best Parks in London

Quite a contrast to its image of being one of the most visited cities of the world that also has the reputation of being the hub of business activities of Europe; one of the fashion capitals of the world; a shopper’s paradise; and home to some of the best museums, art galleries and theatres of the world, London’s green spaces cover nearly 47% of its total area. Visitors to London can find plenty of places to relax under the open sky and even have picnics or indulge in other leisure activities as there are eight Royal Parks and gardens and other parks also. Some of these outdoor spaces are being described below.

Hyde Park:

One of the biggest (covering 350 acres) and most popular parks in London, Hyde Park along with its continuation Kensington Gardens, is an ideal place for both the residents as well as the visitors to relax on its lush green meadows as well as indulge in various leisure activities. The park is divided by the Serpentine Lake that runs through it and offers opportunities for visitors to take dips, swim, row, hire a pedalo, or do some boating in the lake. There are many attractions in these two green spaces including the Serpentine Solar Shuttle, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Speaker’s Corner, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Peter Pan Statue and others. The park is full of wildlife and it hosts many high-profile gigs and events. The various other offerings of the park include Isis Education Centre, the Lido, children’s playground, senior playground, football pitches, lawn bowls, putting green, six tennis courts, deck chairs, horse riding and the Holocaust and bandstand.

Hyde Park

Regents Park:

Full of high trees that surround the grass, lakes and gardens, this is one of the most beautiful parks in London. Covering an area of 395 acres, Regents Park gives the feel of the countryside, while being located in the heart of London. One of its best features is the boating lake that affords the opportunity for visitors to enjoy the row boats and pedalos. The queues for the rowing are shorter and it is ideal for a romantic trip on water. The park also offers the Hub sports facility and pitches for playing football, rugby, softball, lacrosse and cricket. Exercise classes are also provided while the park also offers a tennis centre, netball courts, an open air theatre, four gardens (Queen Mary’s, the Avenue, Wildlife, St John’s Lodge), an allotment, the bandstand, seven memorials and statues and a bird walk. The ZSL London Zoo is also close by. On the northern side of the park is Primrose Hill, which is an ideal place for enjoying a picnic especially during the summer. You must go there for watching the sunrise. There is an open-air theatre in the Queen Mary’s gardens that remains open throughout the summer.

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Green Park:

With the Mall running along one edge and Buckingham Palace just a short walk away, this is a beautiful park covering 40 acres where you can do sunbathing and picnicking. Not many activities are available here except that you can burn some calories by negotiating the gentle incline of Constitution Hill. This quiet park is home to a few stirring memorials, including the Bomber Command Memorial and Memorial Gates. The park offers the Royal Gun Salutes and Diana Princess of Wales memorial walk.

Victoria Park:

This is the oldest public park in London and it has been voted the nation’s favourite park pointing to its good reputation. It has also won Green Flag and Green Heritage Awards four years in a row. After being dormant for 30 years, the Regal boat hire has returned to the park and there are a number of sporting clubs in the park. A walk under the trees is a pleasurable experience as the tall trees cover the park which gets alternate shines and shadows as the sun peeps through them. The other offerings of the park include two children’s play areas, football pitches for summer and winter, cricket facilities such as artificial cricket wickets and cricket practice nets, bowling green, four tennis courts, specialist cycling classes, war memorial, fishing lake, model boat enclosure.

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Hampstead Heath:

There is a lot that you can do and enjoy at this park like taking a dip in one of its famous ponds or at the Parliament Hill Lido; running on the athletics track; or visiting the Hampstead Heath zoo. You can also enjoy stunning views of the city from this park. The model boating pond is great for indulging in boating. There is plenty of wildlife around, especially on the bird sanctuary pond, as the heath has wooded areas and is also a conservation area. The park also offers swimming ponds, swan pond, bird sanctuary pond, model boating pond, a zoo, rugby pitch, tennis courts, cricket pitch, croquet lawn, bowling green, play parks, and athletic tracks.

Clissold Park:

This park in Stoke Newington has won the Green Flag award since 2006. It is a child-friendly park that offers a beautiful paddling pool, a convenient play area as well as a small zoo. For parents it offers all-weather ping pong tables and delicious food at Clissold House that ranges from a snack to a full Sunday roast. Many events are also held at the park including twilight walks for locating bats, football festivals, and sessions for exploring the edible fruit and flowers which grow in the park.

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