During your next London visit, make sure to take advantage of all the incredible parks this city has to offer. Places such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are cultural landmarks that are part of London’s unique identity hosting beautiful lakes, galleries, palaces, statues and beautiful flora for you to explore feel inspired by. Sure, places such as The Montcalm Royal London House offer peace and serenity admits the hustle and bustle of busy city life, but so do lush green reserves such as Greenwich and Richmond Park. Take a break from it all with a park day out.
Hyde Park is a beautiful green reserve that has its roots firmly embedded in England’s rich past. Its first incarnation was as a royal hunting ground for King Henry VIII in the 16th century. Nowadays the park has evolved into a fully-functional reserve filled with playgrounds, sculptures, memorials, and concert venues. Spanning across an astonishing 350 acres of greenery, Hyde Park is home to beautiful flora, a whimsical lake, botanical gardens, iconic pieces of English heritage, statues and far, far more… Hyde Park is one of the most important parts of London’s cultural identity.
Welcome to Hyde Park, London’s most cherished destination.
The Garden Squares of Bloomsbury
The Garden Squares of Bloomsbury is an idyllic park in the heart of Central London. Not only is the park gorgeous and perfect for a lazy-day stroll or for a bit of peace and quiet in serene surroundings – but it also has a fascinating history.
During the 1920s and 30s, the Garden Squares of Bloomsbury was a hotspot for radical intellectuals and writers to meet up and philosophise, discuss, theorise and put the world to rights. These ground-breakers, rule-breakers and establishment-shakers were known as the Bloomsbury Group and included the likes of John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf, all of whom were incredibly revolutionary at the time. Marvel in the history of the Garden Squares as you spy out all the heritage plaques with familiar names that adorn these gardens.
Richmond Park, located in West London, is an expansive bucolic wonder and is the largest of London’s eight Royal Parks. What differs Richmond Park from other parks? This Nature Reserve is a perfect spot for bird watching (with over 144 types of birds being recorded seen) and, if you’re lucky you might able to see a deer or two! Richmond Park has a recorded 300 red deer and 350 deer living within its perimeters. It is also home to a host of ancient trees, such as oaks, as well as naturally endangered fungi. Richmond Park is a must visit destination for any wildlife enthusiasts offering the best British examples of animals, foliage and fauna in all of London.
Regent’s Park is home to Queen Mary’s Gardens which has has over 12,000 roses of over 400 different varieties.
Other features of Regent’s Park include the famous theatre – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, which is a fantastic venue for theatre productions during the summer months. And if you’re looking for an awe-inspiring view, take yourself up to Primrose Hill and soak in the sights of London’s majestic cityscape. Primrose Hill will be made even more otherworldly and whimsical.
There is a plaque that adorns the spot, which gives the site even more mysticism. It is from famous British poet William Blake and says ‘I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill’.
On the other side of the park is London Zoo, which is host to over 700 species of animals, making it one of the biggest collections of animals in the world, and a wild day out for all the family!
Greenwich Park is in south London and resides along the River Thames. Central London stands majestically in the distance; you can’t help feel in awe as you gaze at it from across the river. Features of Greenwich Park include the Royal Observatory, which is perfect for all space enthusiasts and star lovers out there. With a planetarium and a museum dedicated to the discovery of the Meridian Line, this a unique London destination certainly worth visiting. Moments away from the Royal Observatory is The Royal Maritime Museum, which is the biggest museum of its kind in the world. The park is a beautiful lush green paradise filled with lakes and statues that will leave you feeling at one with the world.
Kensington Palace and Gardens
Kensington Palace was the childhood home of Queen Victoria during the early 19th century. Now it is a lavish museum filled with all her stories and mysteries - you could lose yourself for days in this timeless realm of Victorian finery and Royal sensibilities. Beyond the palace are the Kensington Gardens, which is home to the Serpentine Galleries and the Albert Memorial. Filled with iconic sculptures, like the famous Peter Pan statue, now over 100 years old, this haven of culture will satiate your curiosity for English heritage.
These gardens may be located in Kensington, affiliated with luxury hotels in London and glamorous city shopping excursions, but this park is down-to-earth and offers nothing but sheer serenity.