Escape the city hustle and bustle over the summer and take full advantage of the relaxation of green space on your doorstep. London has some of the largest and most beautiful parks of any city and here’s a quick run down of some of the best places to go to chill out with friends.
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- Battersea Park – Picnics
Sure to grow in popularity even more as the area continues to develop, this long-standing park includes multiple gardens. There is also a peace pagoda, for those seeking quiet contemplation.
2. Hyde Park – Roller Blading and Boating
Hyde Park is probably the most famous park in London, and occupies a massive open space between Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Bayswater. Paddle boating on the the Serpentine Lake is very popular. The space is so vast that it’s sometimes easy to forget that you’re still in central London.
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3. Regent’s Park – Open Air Shows
Regent’s Park has some beautiful rose beds and landscaping, and is home to London Zoo. It also has a boating lake with ducks and geese. During the summer you can enjoy performances at the bandstand, and plays at the Open Air Theatre. Another favourite way to pass a few hours is taking a canal boat from Camden to Little Venice,
4. St James’s Park – Regal Splendour
One of the smaller royal parks but undoubtedly one of London’s most inviting green spaces. Surrounded by the regal elegance of Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade with the Mall running along one side. Within the park pelicans roam free, a lake teems with life and the Tiffany Fountain, shooting a plume of water 20ft into the air, serves as a pleasant feature in a heat wave.
5. London Fields – BBQs
Better since barbecues were confined to a designated area of the park, London Fields attracts masses of visitors on any sunny day. A favourite of the super trendy hipsters of east London. Definitely worth visiting in the summer for the Olympic-sized lido.
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6. Italian Gardens, Kensington Gardens – Romantic
A truly spectacular 150-year-old ornamental garden, it provides a beautiful backdrop for gatherings on the grass nearby. A shame picnics are banned but understandably so. Must see features include rosettes carved in Carrara marble, the white marble Tazza Fountain.
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7. Richmond Park – Cycling
Get out into the wild and enjoy the expanse of Richmond Park and it’s red deer residents. One for cycling enthusiasts with miles of countryside and hills to climb.
8. Victoria Embankment Gardens – Take a Break
Offering a tranquil retreat this strip of land just over the water from the hustle and bustle of the South Bank is a mini oasis. This dainty park features a number of curious statues that pay tribute to characters associated with the area. A great place to take a break and read a book.
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