Parks And Walks In London
Alexandra Park is a relatively small space sandwiched between two large rail networks (the North London Line and Crossrail) connected by a major road to the Great Cambridge Road, which links a series of smaller local roads, This Week In London (thisismargate.co.uk). Yet despite its size, and because of it, Alexandra Park is an important resource for the diverse population that lives nearby. The park's lack of large-scale management means that sections are neglected, but other areas are well used and cared for.
This heterogeneity is also evident in the history of the park with records of use dating back at least as far as Roman times, This Week In London (thisismargate.co.uk). Alexandra Park is tucked away in North London and boasts a mixed array of attractions, including: the historic Alexandra Palace (home to BBC broadcasts of TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and The Generation Game), three small museums, boating lakes, lawns, woodland walks, tennis courts and over 30 sports facilities.
This is just a few things you can find within the park. Alexandra Park is a unique space. A small community park in the city center, Alexandra Park still has a strong rural atmosphere. For those who know it, it’s neighborhood feeling is hard to describe but easy to embrace. I have been working in Alexandra Park for over two years now. I had seen every aspect of the park and became familiar with most of its visitors.
A short distance from the hustle and bustle of Highbury, Alexandra Park is a refreshing green oasis in North London. The park covers approximately 80 hectares of land and includes meandering pathways, woodlands, gardens, lakes and open spaces. Alexandra Palace sits to the north of the Park, overlooking Wood Green. While Alexandra Park is most famous for its boating lake, it is also one of the best places in central London to see both wild birds and visiting wildlife.
We've all heard of London's famous Hyde Park, but do you know that there are other green oases in the city? One of these is the 50-acre Brockwell Park, which is located in the Brixton district of south London. I would like give a little history on this place, along with some beautiful pictures. This park is not only popular for its beautiful views of the culturally rich area of Brixton but also for its number of historical and cultural landmarks.
Visitors can enjoy the Victorian Bandstand, the Grade II listed Wellington Monument, and a 10,000 years old Iron Age Fort. There’s so much character to this park that you’ll find it hard to stay just for a day! The park itself has many facilities. Not only can you see historic events and festivals, but you will also have a whole lot of space and tranquillity to explore the park. There’s everything from the more common hawfinch and nuthatch right up to osprey and red kites.
In terms of land area Bushy Park is the largest of London’s Royal Parks. Its 445 hectares make it larger than Richmond Park. In total there are about 93 hectares of woodland, while 25 hectares are meadows and 80 hectares lie within floodplains, subject to occasional flooding. There are a few other parks in West London that you could visit besides Bushy Park so I’ve compiled a small blog with the details. For many, Richmond Park – London’s largest Royal Park at 446 hectares is the jewel in the crown of north London’s open spaces.
But there are many who favour Bushy Park, the second largest in the capital. Covering 445 hectares, its outstanding natural beauty continues to be enhanced by planting schemes inspired by Capability Brown. Bushy Park is a marvelous place for walking, cycling and even has deer. The park contains Richmond Old Palace, Bushy House, deer, a lake and woodland. All of these things mean that there are plenty of things to do and see in Bushy Park.
It is one of the Royal Parks of London but this one is in the west. Bushy Park is one of the traditional Royal Parks of London, England. It covers an area of 445 hectares (1,100 acres). To the north, it adjoins Kensington Gardens. To the south, it borders Hampton Court Park, another Royal Park. Bushy Park contains a short section of the Thames Path and many other walks. It’s cozy and comfortable without being daunting or stuffy—and the food is absolutely delicious.
Chelsea Embankment Gardens
The Chelsea Embankment garden feels like walking into a secret place. It is small and rustic looking, with copper beech trees framing the view over the river, as if there were nothing on the other side. I imagine that the garden had to have been pretty wild – until a sharp-eyed Chelsea resident decided to add it to their list of “things to do” in London, and so it was carefully restored. If you’re looking for a taste of the city to bring the kids, take a stroll through these leafy grounds, which run north from Chelsea Harbour up to Albert Bridge.
The river Thames runs through it – little ferries trundle back and forth between banks and QE2 moored up on the south bank. There is a gallery (free exhibitions) and a café too. Within the bounds of Chelsea Bridge Road, you'll find the best-preserved of all London's Victorian pleasure gardens, and the only one to remain a public park. As well as being a lovely place to spread out a picnic and watch the world go by, it's also the venue for flower shows and art exhibitions throughout the year.
The Chelsea Embankment Gardens are a small patch of green on the other side of the river Thames. They span 2. 2 acres and used to be in a great state of disrepair until it was bought by English Heritage and properly restored to its former Victorian glory. Just along the Chelsea Embankment is the tranquil, leafy, accessible but usually uncrowded little haven of Chelsea Embankment Gardens. Think goulash, tarte flambe and, of course, oysters.
The main focal point of the Common is the enormous green that is home to a full-size football pitch, cricket nets, tennis courts and an obstacle course. The Grand Union Canal runs along the southern border of the park while Clapham High Street – an entire street of restaurants, cafés, pubs and clubs – stretches out on its northern side. Clapham Common is one of my favourite places in South London – I try to get down there at least once a week.
It is such a large space and popular with everyone. There are people doing all sorts of things from walking dogs to playing football or just simply lounging on the grass. Clapham Common is one of the best-known parks in South London. It covers a huge area and has a diverse range of important green areas, ranging from formal gardens to wildflower meadows. There are over 200 acres of public land on Clapham Common. To make the area more interesting and provide a focal point for the development that has occurred in Clapham in recent years, CLP Group undertook a project to rethink and reinvigorate the park.
Sitting to the south east of the centre of London is Dulwich Park, and this series of photos are my favourite pictures I have taken in my 3 years living here. I'm a big fan of capturing serendipitous moments in life, and so I really love these photos. The first time I visited Dulwich Park was at an after-work event which took place on the lawn right beside the pond. It was a beautiful mellow evening and I remember being amazed at how many people were there at that time there must have been a least 2,000 people there to enjoy the clear skies, food trucks, music and drinks (although it didn't feel overly crowded).
Dulwich Park is tucked away on the quiet south-eastern corner of Dulwich Village. This leafy haven boasts a large fountain-filled pond, bowling green and tennis courts. It's so big you can skateboard across it! The park has something for everyone too from formal flowerbeds and seating areas right through to a scrap metal sculpture and small woodland area. Dulwich Park is an expansive park bordering Dulwich Village in South East London. It backs onto Dulwich College and has a view of the famous Dulwich Picture Gallery and that imposing building they like to call ‘The Cutty Sark’.
One of the reasons I wanted to share it with you is because I think its one of the most beautiful parks in London. Dulwich Park is an 11 hectare park in London which sits between Dulwich Village and North Dulwich. It was opened in 2004 following several years of regeneration, and it's undergone another multi-million pound refurbishment since then. If you’re a fan of parks then be sure to explore some of my favourite parks in London.
Green Park is one of the Royal Parks of London, and is located right in the centre of London. It covers an area of 110 acres, and is a great place if you are looking for somewhere to relax with your friends or family. The Royal Parks were set up in the 17th century by King Charles II. Green Park is another of London’s royal parks, and was first created during the 11th century. Green Park covers an area of over 7 hectares (17 acres) and has a perimeter of approximately 2,100 meters (7,000 feet).
Greenwich Park is actually the remnant of a much larger area of land, known as the Royal Hunting Grounds, that extended all the way to Blackheath. Today, Greenwich Park is one of London's most popular attractions. The views are tremendous particularly looking towards Canary Wharf and across the river to the City. Greenwich Park is situated at the south-eastern tip of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and covers an area of 115 hectares between Maze Hill in north and Silvertown Way in the south, overlooking the River Thames, with views towards Canary Wharf and beyond.
The park belongs to the City of London Corporation. Greenwich Park's location in the Royal Borough of Greenwich means that it is owned by the Crown Estate; however, the area is managed by The Royal Parks. This management role encompasses free public access and events, such as open-air concerts and performances. Greenwich Park contains a large number of attractions including the Queen's House, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum. The park also plays host to many major events each year.
Hampstead Heath is an enormous expanse of land spanning across the boroughs of Camden and Islington in London. The Heath is a popular destination for all-manner of recreational pursuits, including cycling, running and walking. Hampstead Heath is one of the most well-used open spaces in inner London. Hampstead Heath is a London park, covering 320 hectares. It’s located in the London Borough of Camden, and is maintained by The Royal Parks. The land was once part of the camping grounds of William Wildblood, a minor nobleman who went on to become Lord Mayor of London.
Hampstead Heath is more than just an expanse of green – it's a jewel in Hampstead's crown. The huge green space, plus Highgate and Parliament Hill, comprise one of the largest expanses of land in Central London – and a haven for wildlife and outdoor adventures. The park borders St James’s Park, Hyde Park, Piccadilly and The Mall. This is my 4th visit to Clapham Common in a year and I never cease to appreciate its versatility.
It might be a little cliché to have a picture of Hyde Park but I can’t help it. It’s so gorgeous here. I feel sorry for all the tourists who won’t be able to appreciate it in the same way, I imagine they just get one glance from their double decker bus. There are so many strange and beautiful things about Hyde Park that even if you visit London dozens of times there is always something new to see.
There are numerous attractions in Hyde Park, but the main focuses are The Serpentine & The Kensington Gardens. Hyde Park is annually host to the 'Hyde Park Festival', as well as the annual 'Open Air Theatre'which produce free plays throughout the summer which are hugely popular. It's also fairly common to see Artists (eg painters) selling their work at the edges of the park. The one thing that appeals to me about Hyde Park is its huge expanse of green space.
I love wandering around, taking in the atmosphere and admiring the many beautiful trees. The park lies within the boundaries of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea. People often think it actually is a royal park but this isn’t true, it’s just very close to one – Buckingham Palace. It’s not surprising that Hyde Park is the most visited park in Europe, it really is beautiful on all fronts. There is a lot to see and do whether its a romantic walk round the lake, leisurely cycling or your just playing with some ducks.
There are numerous attractions which make Hyde Park one of the best things to see in London. Getting there: The Regent's Park tube station is the closest stop, but it can also be reached by Goodge Street from the Northern Line. You'll then be walking west from either of those tubes (heading towards the British Museum). Grab a map here if you're unsure. Every time I visit it is a different season, a different time of day, a different activity.
I think the only thing that could top walking through Kensington Gardens after visiting the Natural History Museum might be having a picnic on the lawns during an English summer. Since I prefer to do this part of town in early spring or late autumn, this didn’t happen on my last trip to London. But there are many other things you can and should do when you visit this huge space of nature and history.
The gardens, which used to be part of Kensington Palace, are stunning and surround a palace that is very pretty if you like the whole baroque vibe. Plenty of walking to be had, including up and down some hills but there's plenty to see and do if you can drag yourself away from the two magical children's playgrounds that were there when I visited including an area for flying kites and swings galore. A stroll around Kensington Gardens is like travelling back in time to the 19 th century as you wind your way through many areas of natural beauty.
This isn’t just a place to enjoy nature; it’s also where many people prefer to spend their free time. For a lot of people, their first introduction to the top end of London is Kensington Palace and Gardens. The Princess Diana Memorial Playground is massive attraction for kids who love slides and swings in the heart of the park. Kensington is home to a bit of everything from formal gardens and statues to ponies and amusement machines.
Lee Valley Regional Park
The Lee Valley Park is a beautiful stretch of green in the heart of east London, and there are lots of ways to enjoy it. If youve got kids, theyll be able to splash around in one of the many pools that make up the Waterworks Leisure Complex. If youre more interested in getting your heart rate up, head out on a hike along any number of trails and enjoy the beauty of nature all around you after a little bit of exercise.
Lee Valley Regional Park is a huge expanse of land stretching from Walthamstow Marshes in the east to the Chingford Reservoirs in the west. This vast park is a haven for hikers and cyclists, with miles and miles of trails meandering through its woodland and green space. Theres also a whole host of fun activities and happenings taking place here all year round, meaning there really is something for everyone. For a quick weekend getaway, Lee Valley is ideal.
Theres everything you want from a day trip – lots of walking, plenty of wildlife (you may even spot deer) and if theres a blue sky you can come out here for an enjoyable picnic. You really do feel like your in the countryside, but there are also plenty of amenities at hand if you need to pick up a sandwich etc. London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but there are times when you just need to get out into nature and forget that youre actually in the city.
A great way to do this is with a trip to Lee Valley, just a short train ride away from London. If you want to get out of the city for a few hours then I would definitely recommend Lee Valley Regional Park. There are plenty of trails to walk, cycling and horse-riding opportunities, open fishing areas, museums, and cafes. And it’s still enjoyed by a lot of Londoners nearly three centuries on. Kensington Gardens is no secret.
Mention the name “London Fields” to any local and they’ll immediately let loose with both barrels. They will talk about how it was “packed with single women. Now it’s full of young families” and wax lyrical about “the fun I had there, you would not believe the places I went!” If you want to hear old-timers reminisce about the good old days when things used to be better on their watch, sit them down on the park bench near London Fields.
London Fields A great way to spend an afternoon in London Fields is by paying a visit to the Whistler's Mother sculpture, inspired by the Irish artist J. B. (James) Whistler's painting 'Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1. 'There are also plenty of quirky independent shops along with international restaurants including Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Turkish cuisine as well as a selection of affordable cafes like. Some things never change, and by that I don’t mean people’s fashion sense or ability to moonwalk (although I do miss that ha).
I’m talking about the unchanging nature of human greed. This is most clearly demonstrated in London Fields, a strip between Shoreditch and Bethnal Green. Taking a step back in time, there’s been an established farming settlement on this land for around 1,100 years. Fast forward to the 20th century and the people who lived here were largely East End of Londoners such as dockers, fishermen and labourers. Hidden under the railway arches of Hackney, London Fields was once famous for its key role in the Second World War.
The then newly developed air defence system sounded the all clear when Hitler’s bombers attacked and were safely away. Ack. London Fields is one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods and has been a centre of ‘love and protest’ for centuries. From the 12th – 20th centuries Londoners have been drawn to this little corner of Hackney, either for love or protest. In fact, they are the biggest Royal Park in London. It's definitely worth a visit if you're staying in central London.
London Parks Map
[London parks map. ]( thisismargate.co.uk Perhaps you are familiar with London parks, or perhaps you are not, but in either case, there is an abundance of park land to explore all over London. Some of these are enormous with plenty to explore like Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, while others are more hidden delights such as Bushy Park and Blackheath Hill's Garden's. My favourite city park is Crystal Palace Park it boasts a variety of activities for all ages including a boating lake, miniature steam trains and a lovely fairground setting amongst the imposing historic buildings.
London Parks: Practical Information + Map
The Royal Parks is a series of parks located in central London. As befits its name, the Royal Parks starts with St James's Park, which is possibly one of the most beautiful parks in London with Buckingham Palace right next door. It has an excellent open air theater used throughout the summer that hosts Shakespeare plays performed by naked actors (just kidding). There are also many other beautiful parks in London, which may not have Buckingham palace in front of them, but are nevertheless just as beautiful.
I believe the word “park” actually originates from the small areas for hunting and recreation created by nobility and gentry in England. It has since evolved into much larger green areas that everyone can enjoy. This article is all about London parks. It lists practical information which should help you plan your visit. In addition, included in this article is a map with the details and location of London's parks, public gardens and outdoor spaces.
Indeed, I’m very excited to share with you one of my original posts. The Victorian city of London is full of green space, and there are many places to sit down and rest your feet if you're exploring it. This post will tell you about some of the best ones, plus a handy map to help you get around. There are amazing parks to visit and enjoy in London such as Hampstead Heath, Regents Park and even the Hyde Park but some of you might not be aware that ALL of them are listed here (photos included).
Hopping over the pond to London, we've come across some parks that are well worth the visit. Whether you're a tourist or a Londoner, London's parks make for lovely places to explore and unwind. There are many beautiful parks in the city of London. Some are larger than others but they all have their own unique features. We will be looking at some of the most popular and well-known parks in the city today to help you decide on a park to visit if you are planning a trip to London soon.
I first saw it across a quiet street and made my way there straightaway. I climbed its grassy sides until I reached a view on the plateau that revealed whole neighborhoods to me. Houses, tower blocks and churches in everything from pristine condition to total disrepair; mews, gardens, water towers and palm trees; parks and bars and restaurants and shops lined along the broad avenue climbing outward through the park with their awnings open for lunchtime trade.
Across from me, I could see Regent’s Park to the left where the massive West Gate hid inside behind rows of homes. On my right was Primrose Hill—the smaller cousin of Parliament Hill around the corner—with its triangular green patch atop which sat a long strip of. I was quite late to visit Primrose Hill. I hadn't actually realised it was included in the Regent's park until my best friend (who had kindly bought a 3 day travel card bus, tube, train) said we should visit the top because it'd be great view of London.
And boy was he right! At first we were going to take the bus up but then figured we should walk it there instead, as the entrance is not that far away. So after going through sunny Hyde Park, enjoying the beautiful flowers and interesting statues, we headed for Hampstead Heath over Primrose Hill. If you’re just landing in London you would probably be muttering (like I did the first time I visited Primrose Hill) “oh my gosh this is awesome, what a beautiful park!” and now having visited countless times, cannot get enough of its fresh air.
The fact that it is located right by Regent’s Park makes Primrose Hill even more charming. It is one of those places, if you need to catch your breath or want to take a break from the city and all its commotion, Primrose Hill is the best place to go. It is a place of rest, tranquility and natural beauty and it has been used as a location for film and TV. It is also a popular place for celebrity spotting.
On Sunday 6 April 2013 there was a mass cycle ride to the park in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. It takes three hours to cycle to the park from Hyde Park and while I had not signed up to cycle the whole way I enjoyed the views from Regent's Park and liked the idea that some of my bike ride would be doing good. London is a city of vast cultural contrast, so it only makes sense for such a distinction to be found in its parks.
While Hampstead Heath contains sprawling forests and rolling hills, Primrose Hill is a far more intimate space, with quaint flowerbeds and pastoral grassy areas. Despite its size, it is perhaps one of the most photographed spots in London, with its views overlooking central London’s skyline also its chief draw. After flirting with a smattering of cinematic fame, thanks to an appearance in the 2005 film, Closer, Primrose Hill is back on the map for its own merits.
Regents Park is perhaps best known for its flowerbeds that are filled throughout spring, summer and autumn with a wide array of colourful plants. The plants are arranged into themed zones like the Rose Garden, Herbaceous Borders and the Shakespeare Water Gardens. This makes it the perfect place to spend a day surrounded by nature, especially in the summer when you can relax comfortably beneath one of the park’s trees. It’s also great for visitors who want to get a taste of history as there are many landmarks to be seen including Princes Gate, the Marble Arch and the Cuckoo Clock.
Regents Park is one of the prettiest parks in London. That's why it's such a draw with locals and tourists alike. You'll find this huge urban park in the heart of London, alongside Primrose Hill and King's Cross. It is home to many attractions and natural wonders, including Butterfly Paradise, Henry Moore sculpture walk and Chinese Pagoda to name but a few. Located in the heart of North West London, Regents Park is an oasis of calm amidst urban hustle and bustle.
It’s easy to see why it is so popular. Nestled in the park you will find a host of attractions that have been entertaining Londoners for over 150 years. From the Zoological Gardens, which boasts over 1000 animals to the stunning London Zoo Aquarium. Regents Park is an oasis of calm in central London. Spanning 165 hectares over an area that was once royal hunting grounds, the park retains its reputation as a place of serenity amidst the bustle of the city.
Brimming with attractions, flowers and boating activities, Regents Park should be high on your list of places to visit in London. Regents Park isn’t London’s biggest park, but it is one of the most cherished. Indeed, it offers numerous sites of interest. It all started in 1811 when a man called Richard Phillips designed the park – initially to provide royal hunting grounds for George III. It will come as no surprise to you that many photographers call Regents Park their favourite location for London city wedding photography.
Richmond Park is located in south west London, directly to the west of all the major attractions in central London. You would be forgiven for not knowing that Richmond Park was there at all, given how peaceful and tranquil most areas of it are. It covers a huge area of over 8000 acres, which is why most people cant believe it when you tell them the park is situated so close to The Shard, Big Ben even Buckingham Palace! The park has one entrance on its eastern side which then lets you out onto Sheen road towards Kew Gardens.
Richmond Park is a 337 acre green space in two north-west London boroughs, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Kingston upon Thames. It was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park, and has been popular ever since: the size 6 football pitches are always full for kickabouts, and if youre travelling with kids the play areas, lakes and nature trails are perfect. Take along your binoculars and look out for birds: that pond looks like a great place to spot swans.
Richmond Park is in south west London, near to Richmond, Kingston upon Thames and Wimbledon. It’s one of the best places in London for wildlife and training runs. There are picturesque walks around the park, plus excellent dog walking opportunities. There’s also tennis courts, playgrounds and as it’s a Royal Park, there’s very few things you can do in there that don’t involve being relaxed. Richmond Park (not to be confused with the royal park of Richmond upon Thames) is one of the most beautiful and exciting London parks.
It was opened to the public in 1734 and is located near to Kingston upon Thames and Wimbledon. The park covers 835 hectares of land, making it bigger than Hyde Park, Regents Park and Central London's green spaces. Richmond Park, also known as Bushy Park, is one of the largest green spaces in London with over 1,300 acres of land to explore. There are plenty of landmarks and settings that can be used for portraits and the variety of flowers is second to none.
St Dunstan In The East
If you take the London underground from Westminster tube station towards Stepney green, then emerge at the Great Eastern street exit, then follow Great eastern street down until you reach Houndsditch, Dunstan park is on the right hand side. The more observant of you will notice a large red sign saying “St Dunstan in the East ” When I first began going to this park I was expecting an old rundown looking church, with lots of pigeons running around.
Instead a grand white building rose up into my eyesight. St Dunstan in the East is tucked away below the hustle and bustle of Tower Hill, with its grand Victorian buildings, traffic and bumping tourists. It has a peaceful atmosphere, with a stream running through and you can hear the sound of a babbling brook. Stewards keep junctions clear to stop you bumping into fellow loungers, as well as ensuring safety for kids playing on some of the playground equipment nearby.
St Dunstan in the East is an exclusive burial ground in the heart of the city, tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of King William Street. It was once London’s largest Parish Church, but these days it’s packed with people enjoying picnics, watching cricket, or just enjoying the atmosphere. This park is famous for its double treshold entrance and the Sloane Knights football pitch. St Dunstan in the East is one of the most unusual yet beautiful parks in London.
It is a small, perfectly formed oasis hidden away from the hustle and bustle of central London. It offers something that no other park in London can offer, and that’s uniqueness and individuality. St Dunstan in the East is unique both for its location – wedged between the busy roads of Tower Bridge Road and Great Tower Street – and its atmosphere, being one of London’s most peaceful open green spaces. This is one of the most unusual yet beautiful parks in London.
St Jamess Park
St. James's Park is easily one of my favorite parks in London. Its location makes it very easy to miss, tucked as it is between Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade. I happened to stroll through it on a rainy day while having a visit to the nearby British Museum, and I realized that there was a lot more to this park than meets the eye at first glance. St Jamess park is a real treat.
Just make sure you get there early and pop by for a rosette at the cafe to make the most of it. St Jamess Park was established in 1675 by King Charles II. It's the oldest royal park and 45 acres of unspoilt greenery with views of the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. St Jamess Park is hands down my favourite of the famous parks in London. It's not the largest, nor the most famous (that's probably Hyde Park).
It's not even the most beautiful as Kensington Gardens or The Regents Park have that honour many would argue. I would argue that if you haven't been to St Jamess Park (and Hyde Park) then you haven't really experienced London. Both parks are gorgeous, huge and the home of many famous landmarks. It's situated where, in an earlier age, the Fleet river flowed into the Thames. Londoner’s can enjoy it for free and have been known to have a little party up there on summer weekends.
The Best Parks In London: Parks In Central London
This article contains a number of the more central parks and squares in London. Some already have famous statues, including Shakespeare's, within the park itself. Others offer historical buildings outside such as 5-star hotels and museums. Having such extensive gardens is both an advantage and disadvantage on one hand they are great for picnics but you might find it quite frustrating to find your chosen spot can't be secluded from other people around you if that's what you are looking for.
I'm not sure quite what it is about St. James's Park that I find so attractive, but it has to be my favourite of all the parks in London. It's part of the royal park system Greenwich Park and Green Park form the "big two" of the royal parks but St. James's is smaller, more intimate in scale, yet still worth taking a look at if you are in the area. You can get to the other major parks via underground, bus or you could even walk.
There are several entrances to St James'Park. There's one on Pall Mall; one on Horse Guards Road; another near Buckingham Palace and an entrance beside the Banqueting House. Here you'll find a lot of wholesome fun and nature at its best. Parks in London are the closest thing to heaven on earth, yet they come with a certain stigma – they’re all packed with people. Many a time I wish I could just find a park and sit there by myself without the need to make conversation or feel guilty for doing so.
The Best Parks In London: Parks In East London
My love of London is no secret, so it's no surprise that one of my favourite things to do when visiting the capital, is a trip to one of its many parks. There happens to be a lot of them around, from the historic Hyde Park, to the more modern Kensington Gardens in hilly Notting Hill. But if you're looking for something a little different and a little east, then why not check out East London's parks and see what all the fuss is about.
London is a city that stretches from one end of the country to the other and includes a huge range of areas, each with their own individual charm. One thing that most people associate with the region is green space and one thing that could be added to that list is parks. There are plenty to choose from in this part of London. In this article we look at some of the best parks in East London.
One of the great things about living in London is that you can be in constant close proximity to green areas where the silence and peace are undisturbed. Among these, we have many parks that have become part of the city's folklore, from time immemorial. Here we bring you a guide to the best parks in London for its public enjoyment. One of the best day trips from London is to head east. The parks in East London have a special character which makes them fantastic for quiet day picnics, and strolls with the family.
If you’re new to London then the excellent DLR line (Docklands Light Railway) can be used to reach these lesser known gems. Parks in North London. Hampstead Heath is easily the North London's biggest, most popular and beautiful park – but it’s not the only one. London is a beautiful city that has a lot of parks, here is a list of the best parks found in East London. If you are looking for more information on St Jamess Park make sure to check out the London Parks website.
The Best Parks In London: Parks In North London
Regents Park is a popular London destination to go for strolls, picnics and even to play sports. It's the perfect opportunity for both locals and visitors to enjoy some time out in an oasis of greenery amidst the hustle and bustle of central London. The vast expanse of green is frequented by runners, cyclists, dog walkers, ice-skaters and those wanting to soak up the sun. There are many great parks in London but only a few are suitable for an afternoon stroll surrounded by clusters of trees and songbirds, as well as the chance to spot some of London's most famous residents.
Here we list the top five Regent's Park grassy spots and their associated events and attractions. Regents Park lies within the London boroughs of Camden and City of London, which encompasses an area of 206 hectares. The park is home to many attractions including London Zoo, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Canal, London Central Mosque and the Royal Veterinary College. The most popular park in London and one of the most consistently bustling parks on any city’s tourist trail, Regents Park offers a majestic treat for all: a forest to explore, an array of attractions to watch and over 12 cafes to sample at.
The Best Parks In London: Parks In South London
Greenwich Park is at the top of the list of best parks in London and it’s easy to see why. This beautiful green space is surrounded by stunning architecture including: The Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College. A popular attraction within Greenwich Park is The Queen’s House where visitors can admire The Queen’s Bedchamber, Chapel, Baroque Staircase, Durbar Court and many other historic features. The feature that differentiates Greenwich to other parks is the fact that it was once Royal, and therefore, through the ages, it has undergone extensive landscaping.
Despite this royal history, Greenwich Park remains very much a working park with a boating lake, children’s play area, tennis courts and an open air theatre. Parks in south London are a great excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you're a local looking for things to do or a visitor with limited time, they’re perfect places to go for a walk, picnic or a spot of sport. Here we have chosen our top five parks in south London, all within easy reach of Zone 1.
South London is a large and diverse area, with great parks and open spaces found within it. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the capital, these green spaces are perfect for spending a few moments of tranquillity in the middle of your busy day. We thought we would start with a look at London’s parks in South East London. There are several large parks here, some of which rival (if not surpass) the more famous Royal Parks in coverage size and popularity.
The Best Parks In London: Parks In West London
A lot can be said about parks – theyre beautiful places to hang out with friends, have picnics, or just enjoy nature among other things. But this list is not a list of parks in London – its a list of some of the best parks in London. And if youre wondering why Richmond Park is topping the list, then its because it is home to some of the best wildlife Ive ever encountered in a park, especially if you love squirrels.
London has hundreds of park s scattered around the city from large parks like Hyde Park and Regents Park to smaller parks like Battersea Park and Finsbury Square. We've also got a full range of green spaces in between including cemeteries and gardens. The variety can be overwhelming, so for this post I've focused on parks in West London, which I think is one of the best places to live in London. Richmond Park is located right in the middle of urban West London, so close to Richmond, Kew, Ham, Petersham and Wimbledon.
Its pretty gigantic at a whopping 1100 acres. It's only second to Bushy Park as the largest Royal Parks in London. Bushy Park is around 1400 acres whereas Richmond Park is more like nearly 1200. London is home to many incredible parks. In this post I’m going to talk about some of my favourites in the west London area. Before getting started I just want to say that unless otherwise stated, these parks are on public land and can be accessed by anyone, regardless of nationality, race, or economic status.
I first went to Richmond Park to visit the Prince of Wales pub. I was about 16 and didn’t know it was one of the largest parks in London. The sun was shining, and everywhere I looked there were trees. Whatever the season, a trip to Richmond Park is an experience to remember. Whether you want to get lost in nature or watch people play cricket, Richmond Park has it all. At just over 100 acres, it is the largest of all Royal Parks within Greater London.
Tooting Bec (Tooting Common)
Tooting Bec (Tooting Common) is a small park in South West London, located next to Tooting Broadway Station. It features a large open space for year-round recreation, which is used by locals for a wide variety of sports: tennis, table tennis, football, frisbee – you name it. The facilities are available free of charge to Tooting residents on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. On Saturdays, Sundays and other weekdays during school term time there are also opportunities for secondary school pupils to enjoy the space.
To build a list of all the things I love about Tooting Bec(k) Park in Southwest London would take forever, so I'll try to keep it brief. I live on the other side of the King's Road, and have done for over twenty years. My eldest son started going to the local Steiner School there before we moved him to another school further away. He often used to cycle round Tooting Bec, battling with buses and cyclists.
It was a nice area to grow up in as a family. Tooting Bec Common is an incredibly well preserved area of parkland, and it’s very suitable for families. Located close to Tooting Broadway Station, the two main areas within Tooting Bec Common are South Park (where you can play in the playground) and Orchard Gardens (where you can walk or sit and drink coffee). There are a number of attractions in the park. Tooting Bec is one of the more unusual green spaces in London.
It’s spread across 30 acres and was once a common, an area of land for animals to graze freely. Tooting Bec Common Park is actually made up of three smaller parks: Lloyd Park, Rush Common and Woodland Gardens, which are all connected by a network of walkways. '. Tooting Bec (Tooting Common) in South London is a beautiful, large green space, perfect for a picnic or with friends. I wouldn't really consider myself an outdoorsy person, but I've been to Tooting often enough to know that it actually has some nice sights and things to do.
The now 19th century Victoria Park is also nicknames the Peoples Park, thanks to the fact that it was one of the first amenities enjoyed by the working class in London. It was opened in the year 1845 and immediately became one of the most popular places to visit because of its varied Victorian flower displays, boating lakes, and huge ornamental fountain (which is so big you can’t see all of it from one place).
Today, however, this historical park hosts a much greater variety of features than just flowers and fountains, including tennis courts and a musical fountain. Victoria Park has a rather interesting and unique history. It was the first public park in the entire UK. The land for the park was purchased by London County Council in 1882 for £200, 000 (yes, you did read that right). This was an incredible bargain from one of the richest men at that time – Lord Dufferin.
Dufferin bought the land on a whim without actually seeing it and then said he would pay more if he could build houses on it. London County Council refused his offer and built Victoria Park instead with their original purchase price. The 1852 Enclosure Act saw to the closure of many of the formerly existing large parks in London, as farmland was rapidly being turned into residences. However, Victoria Park managed to escape closure thanks to intervention from local residents and city officials, who appreciated that it would give the residents of Shoreditch a recreational site which would offer a needed break from their long days of work.
Around 600 acres of this park hosts carefully landscaped gardens, picnic areas and a lake. It is also attracts a large number of tourists each year. Built in the 19th century, Victoria Park is a must visit for all visitors to east London. Tooting Bec is a lovely hidden park in Tooting, in the South West of London. It's very close to Tooting Broadway tube station, which makes it very convenient. Right now you can enjoy the sunny weather and have a picnic, go for a jog or just chill out.
Which Is The Biggest Park In London?
One of the most popular articles on this website is an article that compares the size of London Zoo with some other well-known parks. Thousands of people have read that article and have probably said to themselves: “I wonder which is the biggest park in London?” Well, you’re in luck because I answer that question in this post. London is a city of green spaces. There’s simply no getting around that fact. It’s something that I love about the city, despite all its shortcomings.
One thing it has plenty of are parks, but which park is larger? That’s what we wanted to find out. I’ve been in London for 2 years now and there is no doubt that it is a great city. One of the things I love most about living here are the parks. There are a great variety of them, all so beautiful and big. But which one is the largest?. Richmond Park is huge at 955 acres and is the largest of all London's Royal Parks, so it's fair to say that it's a true mark of how big Richmond itself actually is.
The park is roughly the same size as Central Park in New York City. London is famously known for its parks, so let’s get you up to speed on which parks are the largest in the city. We are talking about Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Regents Park and finally Hyde Park. It's an interesting question. What is, however, the biggest park in London? Hyde Park and Regent's Park are certainly big parks, but Richmond Park is bigger than both of them.
Which Is The Most Beautiful Park In London?
If I asked you to name the most beautiful park in London you might say Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens. Both are lovely parks but I would argue that St Jamess Park is the best of them all for several reasons that I will go over in this blog post. There are beautiful parks all across London, and some of them are very close to each other. But which park is actually the most beautiful of them all? That’s a tough call to make.
You see there’s a lot that goes into this decision. Imagine you’re on a sunny London lunch break and its around 2 pm. You’re strolling through the beautiful parks of London with a relaxing drink and some cheese plums. Quick, which London park do you think is the most attractive?. There are also other beautiful parks nearby, like Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. London's gardens are famous for their springtime blossoms of camellia and cherry trees.