The English capital is always full of all kinds of attractions and activities throughout the year. With summer fast approaching, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful British sunshine, breathe in some of the great fresh air, and utilize some of the stunning parks London has to offer.
This is a guide to the top 5 parks to visit in London this summer:
St James’s Park
St. James’s Park, Image Source: Flickr User cdpm
St James’s Park is the oldest of London’s royal parks. Spanning over 23 hectares, these beautiful grounds are surrounded by three palaces; St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace and Westminster.
Surrounded by trees, beautiful lakes and two islands – Duck Island and West Island, and landmarks such as the London Eye in the distance, St. James’ Park is the ideal place for a picnic on a warm, sunny day.
The park also boarders one of the most beautiful neighborhood to live in London, and makes it a very pleasant area to live. Castle Estates offers accommodations around this area, as well as other letting agent services around London, just in case you visit and never want to leave!
Regent’s Park is another one of London’s royal parks. Located in North West London, this park covers 166 hectares of land and is so big that it occupies two different areas of London – the City of Westminster and the Camden district. Features you’ll find at Regent’s Park this summer include beautiful rose gardens, as well as:
- London Zoo, one of the oldest of the world. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover more than 20,000 animals from750 different species.
- Open air theater; opened form May to September itis the onlyprofessional open air theaterexistingin the UK.
- Queen Mary’s Gardens; with more than 12000 roses from 85 varieties, this garden is named after the wife of King George V and houses the largest collection of roses in the world.
- Sporting activities; Regent’s Park is the best place to take part in London’ssports because it has the largest outdoors sport area including pitches for football, softball, rugby and cricket
Hyde Park, Image Source: Flickr User pahudson
Hyde Park is an historical and royal park located at the heart of central London. It is one of the biggest parks in the capital covering 140 hectares of greenery and over 4,000 trees. The Serpentine Lake divides the park into two parts. Hyde Park is open every day from 5am to midnight. There are many sporting activities to do in the park such as horse riding, running, tennis, swimming and football. There are also many children’s play areas for the little ones to enjoy this summer. In terms of cultural activities, Hyde Park has also been known to host many music festivals and concerts in the past, so keep an eye out for any taking place in the upcoming months.
Greenwich Park, Image Source: Flickr User Jonnee
London’s Greenwich Park is an active park which has grown in popularity and visitors since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the exposure this park gets through the London Marathon each year. Located on a hill, it offers a beautiful view on the River Thames, the Old Royal Observatory, The National Maritime Museum, and only minutes away from the Cutty Sark ship. Greenwich Park is well known for its variety of activities such as cruises on the lake, playing areas for children and its tennis courts, as well as Greenwich Village which offers a range of great outdoor restaurants and bars, making for a fun family day out.
Victoria Park is described as the local’s favourite East End park, boarding Bethnal Green, Hackney, and Bow. Victoria Park houses canals, ponds and a pavilion, as well as tennis courts and sports fields which you can make great use of during the summer. Victoria Park is also used as a location that participates in many music festivals such as the famous Lovebox, especially during the warm seasons where you are able to listen to the best current bands such as the Clash and Radiohead.