Five Great Parks in London

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We are excited to be visiting London later this month again. Lea is hoping to go to University here in a couple of years and absolutely loves it. Vibrant, buzzing and oozing diversity, London is a truly great place to be a student. A melting-pot of different cultures and the focal-point of the UK’s cultural heritage, this amazing city offers opportunities like no other city on Earth. From picking up a bargain at the eclectic Camden market, to catching her favourite band playing at the Roundhouse, she’ll never be short of something to do – she will wonder where her studies are going to fit in! Lea is actually seeing Marina and The Diamonds at the Roundhouse when we visit. London offers some of the world’s most beautiful parks to take a stroll, relax or catch up on a bit of recommended reading! Here is our guide to five great parks in London.

Hyde Park
Covering some 350 acres, right in the centre of London, students are likely to pass Hyde Park frequently on their way to and from their student studio in London. You need plenty of time to explore, though, as it is truly one of the most diverse parks in the world. With over 4,000 trees, a range of distinctive flower gardens, a lake, two restaurants, a children’s park and ice-skating in the winter, Hyde Park really does offer something for everyone! It is also home to the Diana Memorial Fountain and the legendary Speaker’s Corner, where you can go on a Sunday afternoon and listen to the great and the good airing their views. Open all year round, Hyde Park is free to enter. For more details, head to the park’s website.

Five Great Parks in London

St. James’s Park

St. James’s Park, which runs alongside The Mall has plenty of royal connections  being surrounded by no fewer than three royal palaces! You can watch the Changing of the Guard every day at 11 am and enjoy strolling through 58 acres of glorious woodland. A favourite haunts is at the lakeside, where you can see the city’s famous pelicans being fed every afternoon at 2.30 pm. Free to enter, the park is open all year round.

Hampstead Heath

A wonderful area of wide-open spaces and natural woodland, Hampstead Heath is only a few miles from the centre of London and affords some of the most stunning skyscapes in the city. The park is great for jogging, strolling or simply sitting and watching the world go by. It includes Parliament Hill, a zoo and butterfly house, splash parks and even an open-air swimming pool! From the peaceful summit of Parliament Hill it really is easy to forget that you’re in one of the world’s busiest cities. There are many other sports events taking place throughout the year too. For more information, see the website.

Greenwich Park

London’s oldest park, Greenwich is an enchanting area, home to its own herd of wild deer! Part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site, which also includes the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum, the park offers spectacular views over the River Thames and includes gorgeous flower gardens, a pavilion and a number of delightful tea rooms. A perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Crystal Palace Park

If you’re after something a bit different, take a trip to Crystal Palace Park, the site of the original Victorian palace and now home to an assortment of full-size dinosaur models, which peep out from the foliage as you stroll past. The park also includes a museum, which explains more about the dinosaur exhibition, a children’s farm and plenty of wide-open spaces. For more details about the park, see the website.

We can see why Lea loves to be in London, and that is just the parks!

Have you been to any of these parks?

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  1. Although I’ve visited London many times, I’ve never actually enjoyed any of these parks – I must check them out next time I go! 🙂
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  2. I love city parks as the whole population comes together. Hampstead heath just doesn’t even feel like you’re in the city though.

  3. I have always wanted to go to Hampstead Heath, I think it’s underrated for how scenic and pretty it is in photos. Am heading to London for the first time at the end of the month so I will try and visit Hyde Park for sure xx
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  4. Considering I pretty much live in London (Euston is a 20 min train ride away) I have only ever been to Hyde Park. This is definitely something that must change this summer x
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  5. I love Hyde park, I have had many a meet up with mums for picnics and catch ups there, also been to Chrystal Palace as well, my Daughter loved the dinosaurs and the farm x
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  6. Many years ago I lived in London and one of my favourite things to do was to walk in the parks. If you are if St James Park don’t forget you only have to cross the road to get to Green Park, another wonderful place to stretch your legs right in the middle of a busy city.

  7. I absolutely love walking around London, I haven’t actually been for a stroll through any of these parks though, I will have to visit a few next time I go!

  8. I have visited London so many times, but have never gone to any of their parks! I always have loved the sound of Hyde Park, can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can perhaps plan a visit! xxx
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  9. Wow. I’ve never been in London; however, if I ever do go I will be checking this out with my family.

  10. We used to live in Clapham and one if our absolute favourites to go walk and play in was Battersea Park. Hyde park I’ve only ever been to for events like Winter Wonderland and the Olympics so it’s always crazy busy. Greenwich was another favourite. Oh I miss London!
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  11. I’ve always wanted to visit Greenwich Park. A friend of mine visited a few years ago and her photographs looks AMAZING! It’s on my bucket list to visit London this year, I’m gonna try and squeeze in a trip to at least two of the above parks, thank you for sharing. xx
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  12. Love this. I enjoy taking my kids to the park.
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  13. I’ve never been to London, so I haven’t been to any of these parks. sound amazing though.
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  14. My boyfriend lives really close to Greenwich Park and we went for a wander around the last time I was at his. It’s such a beautiful (and large!) park that’s right by the river so great views all round 🙂
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  15. I live about 45 min train ride from London and I have only been Hyde park.I must check out these others they look great.
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  16. I have only ever been to London once and it was a short weekend break so we didn’t have time to visit any parks but thanks for the recommendations as I do plan to return soon
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  17. Ooo I haven’t been to London much of these sadly however next time I do will have to re read this post and pay a visit to some of these 🙂 great and useful post hun xx
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  18. These look brilliant and it’s always good to know about local parks when you’re planning a family trip!

  19. I love London and the parks and green spaces are some of the reasons why it’s so great to visit. We went to St James Park on our last visit.
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  20. I haven’t been to any of these parks but really fancy going to hamstead heath x
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  21. I am hoping to go to London soon with my son and do some sight seeing. Thanks for sharing these as I would never have thought to find these ones
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  22. What great content, I have only been to Hyde Park myself, but I will be sure to explore some of the others now….green space needs to be appreciated 🙂

  23. I’ve been to Hyde Park and Kensington park.
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  24. I love Crystal Palace park it is gorgeous, I did a photoshoot there and it is magical!
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  25. This is a great post. I’ve only visited Hyde park from the ones on the list which is pretty shameful. Definetley something to do next time we go seeing as they are free x
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  26. I’ve never been to London and if I will be there, I will surely come and relax on these parks.

  27. we adore visiting London and I know Chloe would consider Uni there too but the cost of living in the capital puts me off. Those parks are great free places to hang out though.

  28. I am from London orginally and absolutely love it there. There are so many really great parks, you’re never short of green space even in the city.

  29. I adore London. It’s amazing, when I lived there I never really knew how much greenery was around. I now host an outdoors family linky and the amount of London based bloggers that link up their adventures in the green parts of London has really opened my eyes to how much beautiful open space their is around to explore. A great list! x
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  30. I have only been to London onces and we didn’t visit any of these, but I really want to take my husband and Boo to London as they have never been and I will have to put at least one of these on my list!
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  31. I haven’t been to any of these parks in ages, I really must visit one soon!
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  32. I have been to all except Hampstead Heath Park which I should make a point of visiting next I am there for some quality time. Great post
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  33. I have to admit we have only been to Hyde Park but i do want to explore London more
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  34. London has some lovely green spaces. I love Hyde Park and could spend hours walking round it. Living there is a different ball game though. I was a student there, and it’s a very expensive place to live 🙁
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  35. Fantastic roundup of London’s parks. I need to visit more of them, I’ve only ever been to Hyde Park.

  36. I am impressed ive been to them all and agree they are all amazing x
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  37. Love going for walks in St James’ & Hyde park
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