You never want to look like a tourist, especially in your home country, but frolicking in London parks with all the London visitors is one of the best post-exam feelings. The big city offers a lot of greenery amidst all the concrete and glass if you look in the right places. These amazing parks in London are perfect for both picnics and Insta-pics!
1. Springfield Park
This park is quietly tucked away in Clapton and is a great park for avoiding the more overcrowded parks nearby. There are plenty of sports sites including rugby grounds and tennis courts, and the picturesque canal boats on the River Lea are a lovely sight on a summer’s day.
2. Holland Park
Holland Park is famous for its beautiful Japenese Kyoto Garden, framed by acers and azaleas. There’s no shame in being basic and taking pics with the peacocks or koi carp. Find small nooks and crannies in which to take a moment of rest at this South Ken park.
3. Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park is pretty and with plenty to do. Visit the Merdian Line at the Royal Observatory which represents the reference point for location all over the world. The Royal Observatory itself hosts London’s Planetarium and Greenwich market is only round the corner, so you can grab a fresh lunch just before you come to lounge at this London park.
4. Victoria Park
The park’s Sunday market holds a variety of food stalls and there are often events and acts held in the park. Easy to get to by tube and lovely for a good walk.
5. Lloyds Park
The gardens of Lloyds Park in East London are wonderfully kept and it’s perfectly dog-friendly. The William Morris Musem exhibits the work of the brilliant designer. This is one of the prettiest London parks!
6. Clissold Park
Clissold Park has expansive open areas and visiting the wildlife in the animal enclosure is always a delight. There’s also an organic food growing area for some lovely fresh veg!
7. Hampstead Heath
Boating or summer swimming at Hampstead Heath is a quintessentially British summer activity. Views of London from Parliament Hill top off long evenings here, and walks and talks across the park are always cherished amongst the gorgeous ageing trees.
8. Regent’s Park
Watch the sun go down from the Park’s Primrose Hill, right by Willian Blake’s stone inscription. Bring the kiddies to the zoo at the northern of the park to see the giraffes, and stop to smell the roses at the rose garden. The Open Air Theatre also offers shows throughout the summer, transforming the inner Circle of the park into a storytelling paradise.
9. Richmond Park
Known for its beautiful Fallow deer and wildlife conservation, Richmond Park is of historical importance, dating back to Charles I. The park hosted cycling races in the 2012 Olympic games, so it’s a great place to bring your bike, still straying not too far from Central London.
10. Kensington Gardens
These Royal Gardens show off well-cultivated flowers all year round, and the Princess Diana Memorial is a lovely spot for children and adults alike. Take a cream tea at the cafe on a weekend afternoon and you can visit the palace too to add even more splendour to your trip.
Make the most of the British summer and visit some of these luscious London parks. Which ones are on your list? Let us know in the comments below!
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