Top 10 parks in London to walk around

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With 173 square kilometers of green space, London is one of the greenest capitals in the world.



The parks belong to the city of London with the exception of eight which are royal parks and are the property of the British crown.

They are called Bushy Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park, Richmond Park and St James Park.

Green Park


 

Green Park is a meeting place for picnics, and the numerous trails allow for biking or running. Deckchairs are also available to visitors.

Unlike other parks in the capital, Green Parc does not have a lake or a statue.

Finally, several times a year, the Gun Salute is drawn to celebrate particular events.


Metro bus Green Park9 , 14, 19, 22, 38, C2, N9, N19, N22, N38, N97

 



Greenwich park

 

This 74 hectare park is located at the top of a hill and thus offers a beautiful view of the Saint Paul's cathedral, the City, Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome.

On the upper part of Greenwich Park, there is a botanical garden with a duck pond, a rose garden, a bandstand, a cricket and tennis courts. Another major attraction is the Royal Observatory which is a museum dedicated to astronomy.


The lower part has a play area for children, a boat pond and a garden of aromatic herbs.

Greenwich is a charming district on the banks of the Thames where life is good.


Metro bus River shuttles Cutty Sark station, Greenwich station53, 54, 177, 180, 188, 199, 202, 286, 380, 386Greenwich Pier

 


Hampstead Heath

 

North of the district of Camden, this 320 hectare park located on one of the highest points in London. offers a beautiful view of the capital.

Hampstead Heath attracts sports enthusiasts who practice cricket, croquet, fishing, bocce, cross country and volleyball.

It is also the meeting place for all kite lovers on Sunday mornings when it is not raining. This park will also delight children with several playgrounds.

Finally, from May to September the more adventurous can swim in one of the 3 ponds!


Metro bus Gospel Oak, Belsize ParkC2, H3, C11, 24, 46, 168, 210, 214, 268

 


Holland Park

 

Not far from the upscale Chelsea district, Holland Park is undoubtedly the most romantic park in London. Its 62 hectares are home to a famous orangery, a cricket ground, tennis courts, a giant chess game and a Japanese garden.


Metro bus Holland Park, Kensington Olympia, High Street Kensington9, 10, 27, 28, 31, 49, 94, 148, 228, N207

 


Metro bus Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Queensway2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 30, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 148, 274, 390, 414, 436

 

Kensington Gardens

This 111 hectare royal park adjoining Hyde Park and a children's paradise with the famous Mémorial Playground, created after the death of Princess Diana. This supervised playground is reserved for children under 12 who will appreciate the pirate ship stranded on a fine sandbank.

Older children will be interested in Kensington Palace, home to the 2018th century monarchy, where Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children now live. Since XNUMX, the palace has also been the official home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Take a detour through the Italian-style gardens to discover the magnificent fountains and monuments celebrating transalpine architecture.

Some parts of the palace are open to the public: Information and reservations on the website of the British Tourist Office


Metro bus Queensway, Bayswater, Notting Hill Gate, High Street Kensington9, 10, 12, 27, 28, 31, 49, 52, 70, 94

 

Regent's Park

 

This 166-hectare royal park, consists of gardens, an ornithological lake and nautical pleasure, sports grounds, playgrounds and also houses the oldest zoo in the world which was born in 1828 at scientific purposes.

Not to be missed in early summer, the flowering of over 400 varieties of roses in the magnificent Queen Mary's Garden.

This park is also renowned for its spectacular sunset view over London.

Metro bus Regent's Park, Great Portland Street, Baker Street18, 27, 30, 205, 453, N18, N205

 

Richmond Park

 

This 10 hectare royal park is the largest park in the capital. Richmond Park is also a nature reserve, home to parakeets, gray squirrels and more than 000 free-roaming deer and deer.

It is possible to take a pony ride or rent bicycles, rowing boats or canoes to reach the Richmond Bridge, the oldest bridge in London.

Finally, although completely enclosed, cars can circulate in the park certain hours of the day.


Metro bus Richmond33, 65, 72, 85, 190, 337, 371, 493

 

St James Park

 

With 5,5 million visitors per year, St James Park is one of Europe's busiest parks and the oldest of London's eight Royal Parks.

It is from St James Park that you will have the most beautiful view of the Buckingham Palace and from there that you can take the most beautiful photos.

The other particularity of this park is that it has a large lake with two islands, one of which serves as a reserve for palmipeds. Every day at 14:30 p.m., near the keeper's house (Duck Island Cottage), the distribution of meals to the pelicans is a distraction for the children.

To rest, you can also rent deckchairs while listening to orchestras.


Metro bus St. James's Park, Charing Cross Station, Westminster, Victoria3, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 148, 159, 211, 453

 

Victoria Park

 

Called "Vicky Park" by Londoners, Victoria Park is located in East London between the districts of Bethnal Green, Hackney and Bow.

It has ponds on which you can rent boats for strolling, a kindergarten (with giant slides and paddling pool), tennis courts and a sports field.

The park has a triple cricket training area where during the summer cricket matches are held every afternoon.

Some big festivals are held here every summer.


Metro bus Bethnal green8, 277, 309, 339, 388, D3, D6, S2
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