The city of London is home to some wonderful parks and gardens, including eight Royal Parks which are all perfect to take refuge in from the hustle and bustle of the capital. They are a place of peace and tranquillity in contrast to the rest of the busy city and all well worth a visit. Not only as a key part of any itinerary for holiday in London, but also many Londoners also enjoy a peaceful break in the many beautiful parks throughout the city.
Hyde Park is a very popular Royal Park, visited by millions of tourists and Londoners each year and home to the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial, the Serpentine Lake and Speakers Corner. People can also enjoy cycling, tennis, horse riding, boating and open water swimming in this fabulous 350 acre park.
St James’s Park is the oldest of London’s Royal Parks. A trip to London would not be complete without a visit to this fantastic park which is the setting of pageants such as the annual Trooping the Colour and the Horse Guards Parade.
The Regent’s Park is another superb Royal Park comprising of 395 acres and includes the Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens, London Zoo, the Open Air Theatre, Primrose Hill and a waterfowl collection with 100 types of wild birds.
Greenwich Park is the oldest enclosed Royal Park dating back to 1427. It is part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site and offers stunning views of the city’s iconic sights including St Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames.
Richmond Park is the largest enclosed space in London and the biggest Royal Park where you can observe Pembroke Lodge, the Isabella Plantation as well as Red and Fallow deer.
Bushy Park is the second largest Royal Park of London and it is close to Hampton Court Palace. It is a superb place to observe wildlife including roaming deer and it also has some beautiful water features.
The 242 acre Kensington Gardens is another one of London’s eight Royal Parks where you can view the Peter Pan Statue, the Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial, as well as the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground and of course, Kensington Palace.
The 40 acre Green Park is the smallest of the Royal Parks, located next to Buckingham palace, it offers a superb view and the perfect location for picnics and sunbathing, weather permitting!