London’s parks are spread out, from Victoria Park in the East End to Richmond Park in the leafy south west, and all offer an inviting green space in this ever-busy city.
Popular parks in London
One of the largest and most popular parks in London is Hyde Park. Take a boat ride on the park’s Serpentine Lake or rent a blue bicycle and explore the area on two wheels. In winter, Hyde Park is home to Winter Wonderland, a festive attraction that features a Ferris wheel, an ice rink and several tantalising food stalls so it’s perfect for a family Christmas outing.
Adjoining Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens is home to a bronze statue of Peter Pan and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, which is a favourite with children at weekends. In St James Park, a delightful medley of wildlife, especially pelicans, offer a new glimpse at nature, while Green Park is ideal for an al fresco lunch when the weather is bright. And Regent’s Park has plenty to offer visitors too, from London Zoo to its fantastic Open Air Theatre.
Retreat to one of London’s peaceful parks
For a more peaceful park experience away from the city centre, try Richmond Park. This beautiful green space in south-west London is home to two golf courses and 650 free-roaming deer, so it’s ideal for a serene getaway. In the east, Lee Valley Park and Victoria Park have ample space for lazy afternoon picnics, while Hampstead Heath in the north is the best spot in London to view the city skyline.