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Tranquil London: Explore London’s beautiful parks

Whether you are planning a picnic in the park, need a long walk to unwind from your studies, or  are looking for a quiet spot to write your next essay, London has many beautiful parks for you to choose from. And you might be surprised by the range of flora and wildlife in and around the city!

Here are our 10 favourite parks in London. We hope you visit some of them during your time in London.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park has something for everyone. Over 4,000 trees, beautiful lakes and stunning flower gardens, all situated in the very heart of London. Hyde Park is also home to London’s annual Winter Wonderland.

TIP: Visit the Diana Memorial Fountain located in the southwest corner of the park, just next to The Serpentine Lake.

Richmond Park

The largest of the Royal Parks, Richmond Park is famously home to over 650 free roaming deer. You can reach this beautiful part of London in just under half an hour from the centre of London.

FACT: Richmond Park is around 3 times the size of New York’s Central Park.

Greenwich Park

Set on the side of a hill overlooking the River Thames, Greenwich Park is a great mix of green space, gardens and historical features. The park is home to a variety of ancient chestnut trees, stunning rose gardens and even a number of deer.

TIP: Head to the Royal Observatory for breath-taking views of London

St James’ Park

© The Royal Parks

© The Royal Parks

St James’ Park has stunning views of Buckingham Palace and is surprisingly tranquil, given its central location. Famous for its collections of birds, St James Park is also home to a colony of pelicans. Head to the park as dusk falls to watch bats (Common Pipistrelles) begin to forage for insects around the lake edge.

Fact: In the early 1600’s, King James kept a collection of exotic animals in the park, including camels, crocodiles and even elephants.

Primrose Hill

Famous for its stunning views of London, the highest point of Primrose Hill sits 63 metres above sea level. The atmosphere and scenery make Primrose Hill a picnic favourite.

Fact: Nobel Prize winner W. B. Yeats lived nearby at 23 Fitzroy Road and was a regular visitor to the park.

Bushy Park

© The Royal Parks

© The Royal Parks

Every year millions of locals and tourists flock to Bushy Park, the second largest of the city’s Royal Parks. Home to stunning woodlands, picturesque flower gardens and vast amounts of grassland, Bushy Park is the perfect place to spot an array of wildlife.

TIP: Be sure to look out for the herds of both Red Deer and Fallow Deer who call the park home.

Victoria Park

This award winning Victoria Park situated in East London is as famous for its scenery, wildlife and beautiful pavilion as it is for open air concerts and fireworks displays. The lake in particular provides an idyllic location for a summer picnic.

FACT: Victoria Park has been voted the people’s favourite park in the whole of the UK on no fewer than 3 occasions.

Wimbledon Common

Located in South-West London, Wimbledon Common spans over 1000 acres. The Common is home to a number of ponds, a nature trail and even a Windmill.

TIP: After a long walk through the park, visit the Windmill Tearoom cafe for some soup or hot drinks.

Battersea Park

Located on the banks of the Thames, Battersea Park is full of charm. You can enjoy a summer’s walk along the river, visit the beautiful Old English Garden, or spend your time spotting the local wildlife. Whatever takes your fancy, Battersea Park is an ideal location for a summer’s picnic.

TIP: Visit the park throughout the summer to see live music at the bandstand.

Kensington Gardens

Famous for its stunning Italian Gardens and home to many sculptures and buildings, such as the Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens is both beautiful and tranquil, and all just a short distance from central London.

FACT: The park is featured in a scene of J.M. Barrie’s Book Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, a prelude to the character’s famous adventures in Neverland

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