I love the parks in London. I have been very open about how much I love the great outdoors and the countryside in the UK. But parks in the city hold a special place for me because I like how it keeps the metropolitan areas from being too stiff and gray.
Not only that, these parks will hardly cost you any money. They are near and do not charge any fees for you to use them. You can explore them all you like. I love going out on a run in these parks. There are huge parks around London so it will take more than one run to completely explore the whole place.
What can you do in London parks?
There are many activities to pursue in London parks. For families, they can go on picnics in the summer. You can also get that much-needed vitamin D as you enjoy the sun with family and friends.The parks in London can also encourage you to go for a walk or run. I do it all the time. It is a relaxing place and a lot of people do it so it is perfectly safe even if you run alone. The parks are also filled with several events like sports, open-air theatre, and live music. There are also multiple playgrounds for the children.
The wide open area is perfect for a few games with friends. You can sit and have a picnic when it is all over. It is a great way to mingle with locals and tourists because everyone seems to gravitate towards the park.
The best parks in London
So what are the best parks in London? Here are my top picks for every area.
The best park in the Northern side of London is Regent’s Park. It covers 410 acres and is filled with attractions like the ZSL London Zoo and the Open Air Theatre. If you are lucky, you might even chance upon an on-going food or music festival. There is always something happening here. You can also hire a rowing boat in the summer and also explore the rose gardens.
If you are in the Southern part of London, you should head out to Greenwich Park. It is the oldest enclosed Royal Park in the city. It is quite small compared to the other parks in London because it is only 13 acres. However, there are several species living in it like foxes and deer. It is a family-friendly place with a lake that you can ride boats in. You can also see the Greenwich Meridian Line going through the park – which is pretty awesome. When I come here, I usually trek to the top of the hill to get a view of the whole place.
Victoria Park is the best one for me among the other parks on the Eastern side of London. It is a bit rough but very raw when it comes to its natural beauty. There are various wildlife to be seen – deer, geese and even squirrels. They also have a couple of events every now and then so make sure to check out their calendar.
In the Western side of the city lies Richmond Park. It is the biggest Royal park since it covers 2,500 acres. The highest point of the park gives a great view of the St. Paul’s Cathedral – which is 12 miles east of the park. Wildlife is also in abundance in this place with hundreds of deer roaming in liberty. Be careful when interacting with them. Probably a great place to visit in this park is the Isabella Plantation – a woodland garden that is 40 acres in size.
Finally, in the Central part of London lies the Hyde Park. It is only 1.5 miles long and a mile wide but it is packed with a lot of activities. This is a popular place for runners. You will also find The Serpentine here. It is the oldest boating lake in London. You will see ducks, swans, and even coots here.
Feel free to explore these parks in London and get a feel of nature in the middle of the city.