Regent’s Park in all its Autumnal Glory

 

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It’s probably bad ‘blogging practice’ to write about the same topic twice in a row, but you know what?

I don’t care.

Autumn in London is just so nice, I’m going to write about it twice.

Two weekends ago, a day after receiving Indefinitely Leave to Remain, I celebrated with a walk through lovely little Southwark park.

This past weekend I couldn’t resist the opportunity to head to Regent’s Park – probably my favourite of all London parks in terms of beauty.

This is not the kind of post that needs a lot of words, so I’ll let the photos do most of the talking…

Regent's Park in Autumn

Gazebo in Regent’s Park

Colourful trees at Regent's Park in autumn

Colourful trees at Regent’s Park

Tree-lined pathway in Regent's Park

Tree-lined pathway in Regent’s Park

Fountain at Regent's Park

Fountain at Regent’s Park with the BT Tower in the distance

Yellow and gold trees in Regent's Park

Yellow and gold trees in Regent’s Park

Regent's Park

Couple sitting on a park bench

We got really lucky with the weather last Sunday. The temperature was cool and crisp, but the skies were clear. The result? Lots of people headed to the park. There were tourists, Londoners, couples walking down tree-lined paths hand-in-hand, little kids playing in piles of leaves, and no shortage of adorable dogs running around.

The atmosphere in the park that day was really special and for me just acted as a reminder of one of the many simple pleasures of living in London.

London Leaf Peeping

 

Autumn in London

When I first moved to London, one of the things I found a little annoying was that nothing was open until 12pm on Sundays. It may have taken five years to get used to, but these days I embrace London’s lovely stress-free mornings.

A rain-free Sunday morning is always a bonus, and we actually had some pretty great weather last Sunday so I took the opportunity to grab a takeaway coffee, and head to a nearby park.

Southwark Park in Southeast London is pretty big, but doesn’t have enough glitz and glamour to attract tourists. Nevertheless it was still a great place to get a little dose of leaf peeping before the really cold weather sets in. Autumn is still in its fairly early stages here, but there are a few trees that are getting a head start on the season.

When I arrived at the park it was a little cloudy, but just as I was about to leave the sun broke through the clouds, providing a glimpse of London in all its autumnal glory.

It’s been a while since I visited Hyde and Regent’s parks, but I have them on my to-do list before the end of autumn, so hopefully I can add to these photos before the end of the season. :)

The Best Activities in London This Autumn

 
Primrose Hill, London

Primrose Hill, London

As the subtle flavours of autumn begin to permeate the air, some of us will look back and begin to miss the endless days of summer. However, a change of the seasons brings about an entirely new kaleidoscope of activities to enjoy for those who may plan on visiting London. What are a handful of attractions and events that will definitely serve to punctuate any time spent here? Let’s list a few of the most popular and interesting.

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Top 5 Parks to Visit in London this Summer

 

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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

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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

 

London Parks Regent's Park

Regent’s Park

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

London Parks Hyde Park

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

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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

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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.

A Walk in Chiswick

 

What happens when you combine a scrumptious brunch, the lovely London neighbourhood Chiswick, and some of the best Instagrammers in the city (present company excluded, of course)? You get a pretty fabulous day. Well, pretty fabulous minus the relentless rain – that’s London for you though.

A few Sundays ago I made the long trek out from Canary Wharf to Turnham Green to brunch and take a stroll with a few fellow London Instagrammers. Cutting clear across London, the scenery transitioned from urban grit to country cool in about an hour and by the time I reached my destination the rain started to come down pretty hard.

We all met at Outsider Tart, an American-owned bakery with adjoining restaurant that serves THE BEST American-style pancakes this side of the Atlantic. We sipped coffee and tea, we ate delicious food, we chatted – it was lovely. With our bellies full of food we then waddled our way to Chiswick House, a beautiful historic home (well, mansion) with an equally stunning garden.

Chiswick House

Autumnal colours at Chiswick House Gardens

Lonely Pathway

The weather being what it was, we essentially had the whole house and gardens to ourselves. Instagrammers Siobhaise and Steffi_daydreamer led us around the grounds and eventually to the River Thames. This is where the rain, which had up until then just been a nuisance, really became a problem. It had apparently rained so much that our route was quite literally flooded, so we were forced onto a much less scenic path.

Flooded road

We reconvened at a riverside pub to warm up. By now my rain jacket had ceased all waterproofing activities and was completely soaked. With the day coming to a close we headed out again only to find that it had finally stop raining. With the sun setting, we walked along the Thames towards Hammersmith Bridge and I took what turned out to be my favourite shot of the day:

Hammersmith Bridge at Sunset

With good food, great company, and fabulous scenery, I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Well, I take that back. A little less rain would have been much appreciated :)

For more pictures from our walk in Chiswick, head on over to Instagram and search for #awalkinchiswick.

I also recommend following these fine London and UK Instagrammers:

steffi_daydreamer

siobhaise

roselladegori

whatinasees

juucyn

phoenixx_fire

westlondonlady

crissibeth

juicylucyham

melissachin

rivieiraa

sugarfreegum

Soaking in the Last of the Summer Sun at Richmond Park

 

Last weekend I finally made the long trip from my flat in East London to Richmond Park, a nature reserve nestled in the south west corner of London. The morning started out chilly, but as I made my way from Canary Wharf to Waterloo Station with a cosy cable knit sweater on and a pumpkin spice latte in hand, it became abundantly clear that summer was not quite ready to concede to a cool and crisp autumn.

By the time I reached Richmond an hour later, the sun was bright, the sky was clear, and the temperature was well above twenty. Ditching the sweater and swapping the latte for a bottled water, I set about exploring the vast expanse that is Richmond Park.

Richmond Park

Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London and is famous for its large population of red and fallow deer. As I strolled along the gravelled trail it didn’t take long before I spotted my first deer. Just off the main footpath were three bucks taking shelter from the late morning sun.

Deer hanging out in the shade.

A little further down the trail I ran across an even larger group of deer, mostly bucks, who were grazing and didn’t seem to mind the company of humans in the least.

Deer grazing

I think it’s pretty safe to assume that all the deer at Richmond Park are quite accustomed to people, and a quick search of instagram will reveal more than a few photos of park visitors hand feeding them. While that’s probably frowned upon, it’s worth noting that the deer post little to no threat to people and are a joy to watch for nature lovers like myself.

If you’re planning on making the trip out to Richmond Park yourself, make sure to wear your good pair of walking shoes. The park is huge and is much closer to a nature reserve than a proper park. There are a handful of cafes and sport pitches here, but not much else. It’s a great place for a long walk, for runners, deer and bird watchers, but don’t expect anything like the elaborate gardens and children’s play areas in Hyde or Regent’s Park.

Is it Worth the Trip?

Because it’s a little out of the way, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend making the trip out to Richmond Park is you’re visiting London on holiday. There’s just so much to do in Central London that it doesn’t seem like it would be worth the trouble of travelling to Richmond. That is, unless you really have a thing for deer. For those of you who are studying in London or living here permanently, go ahead carve out half a Saturday to visit the park. Seeing the deer and all the cute puppies out on walks will be well worth your time.

Richmond Park Map

Top Apps for Visiting London

 

Hi guys,

Sorry for the lack of updates recently – I’m on a trip to Bangkok and am absolutely swamped with work and other business. I’ll be back in London town soon enough with lots and lots of content for ya’ll.

In the mean time, here’s a great infographic from LA Stretch Limos with some great tips for London visitors. Enjoy!

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