When you think of London, you think of tall buildings, people rushing about, pollution and traffic and well yeh, you are right to think that because London is all of those things. But guys, London is also home to some of the most amazing parks I have ever been to. These large, open spaces are tranquil and stunning and everything green and wonderful. So, if you are in London but need a bit of peace and relaxation, take a little look at this list and go and visit one of these beautiful open spaces.
If you want to get away from London, without actually getting away - head to Hamstead Heath. This park feels like it's a million miles out of the city and is famously known for it's wonderful swimming ponds and panoramic views of London's skyline. Some would say its a dog walkers haven.
Nearest tube: Hampstead, Kentish Town, Golders Green
Overground: Hampstead Heath, Gospel Oak
This is one of London's Royal parks and has over 400 acres of amazing greenery to explore. Dotted around the park are deck chairs where you can chill out surrounded by some of the friendliest squirrels known to man!
Nearest tube: Green Park, Hyde Park Corner
St. James Park
Another one of the Royal parks situated in the center of London. This park boasts some of the most amazing views of Buckingham Palace. If you love birds - come on down to St. James Park where you will find hundreds of different species - including Pelicans! This park is located close to 10 Downing Street and is an arms length away of where the Changing of the Guard takes place. Well worth a visit!
Nearest tube: St James’s Park, Charing Cross, Westminster
Ahh Hyde Park, home to London's beautiful Serpentine Lake where you can row your socks off for a small price. People like to gather here to try their luck at skating, biking and skateboarding, so if you're feeling brave, come and give it a go!
Nearest tube: Queensway, South Kensington, Hyde Park Corner, Lancaster Gate
Just a stone's throw away from the center of London is Regent's Park, home to the famous London Zoo and a popular open air music venue in the summertime. The park has some amazing rose gardens, a large boating lake and a kiddies playground.
Nearest tube: Regent's Park, Great Portland Street, Baker Street, St. Johns Wood, Camden Town
This little slice of heaven is found just off Regents park. Primrose Hill is my favourite spot to head on a lovely summers day. You can park yourself on top of the hill and enjoy the amazing views of London's skyline. So grab yourself some friends, some wine, and a picnic and relax and enjoy Primmy Hill's magic.
Head over to East London to visit this gem of a park. It's full of runners, skateboarders and skaters and has a very cool vibe about it. You will probably find a boom-box or two. There is a huge boating lake where you can row yourself around and enjoy the views. The Pavilion Café on the lake does some pretty darn amazing food (I would recommend the full English because NOM). This park is home to the very well known Field Day Festival that takes place every June and a brand new winter attraction, Winterville in the colder months.
Nearest tube: Mile End
Nearest rail: Cambridge Heath, Hackney Wick
You may well know Richmond Park from the popular JESUS CHRIST FENTON video that went viral a while back. If you're not familiar with this, please check it out here because it's marvelous. This is the largest of the Royal Parks and is absolutely beautiful. If you are an animal lover come here to check out the vast wildlife including herds of wild deer.
Nearest rail: Richmond
A little further out of London lies this woodland of wonders. Bushey Park spreads across the borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames and boasts some beautiful country walks. This park lies close to Hampton Court Palace, so combining the two would make a great day out!
Nearest rail: Teddington, Hampton Wick, Hampton Court
Just south of the River Thames is Battersea park, often described as London's most interesting park. It has a variety of activities for visitors to explore including an art gallery, a zoo, a boating lake and an adventure playground - definitely something for everyone!
Nearest rail: Battersea Park
Clapham Common has a large range of sports facilities for all of your sporty types. It also has three ponds to explore and a newly restored bandstand which is now often used as an open air music venue in the summer months.
Nearest tube: Clapham South, Clapham Common
Greenwich Park is just mesmerising. It is not your 'average' park and is lacking slightly in woodland areas and clusters of trees - but don't let that put you off because where it lacks in greenery it makes up in amazing architecture. Greenwich Park is home to the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory which is where time is measured. Pretty nifty, ey? Head on down by rail or you can catch the Thames Clipper (recommended as you'll see views of London from the river itself)
Nearest rail: Cutty Sark DLR, Greenwich or the Thames Clipper (dooooo it)
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
This park was where the magic happened in 2012's Olympics. Now, you can use the facilities at your leisure or just sit in the grounds and take in the amazing vibes you get from the sheer size of this place. If you're feeling brave then take a trip up to the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit where you will get some breathtaking views of London City.
Nearest tube/rail: Stratford
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