London Parks Overview

Hyde Park - Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Park in London

There aren’t many warm and sunny days in the city, but when the sun does poke its head out from behind the clouds, the masses of locals and tourists flock to the parks in London for much needed vitamin D and a whole range of outdoor activities.

At the heart of the city is Hyde Park, London’s most well-known bastion of green space. Here, thousands of people come to take in the three hundred and fifty acres of tree-lined paths, lakes, memorials, and meadows for a day of sunbathing or picnicking. The park has everything from tennis courts, bowling lawns, and riding paths, to open spaces for rugby, soccer, softball, and cricket.

North of Hyde Park is Regent’s Park, once the hunting grounds of Henry VIII and now home to London’s zoo, ample tennis courts, bike paths, and more. The park has also been known to host events like open-air theater or stand-up comedy.

The oldest of the royal London parks is St. James’s Park which is packed with hordes of tourists on a daily basis because of its proximity to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Horse Guards Parade grounds, amongst others. The park isn’t merely for gawkers though, as there’s plenty of green space for kicking around the football or to just enjoy an afternoon picnic.

There are of course many other green spaces and parks in the city like Green Park and Kensington Gardens, but to see and experience all of them might take a while – mostly because there are only a handful of beautiful London days in which to enjoy them.

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