Free London – Parks

London parks

Bushy Park

Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0EQ

With 445 hectares of land, Bushy Park is the second largest royal park located near Hampton Court Palace, and of course, one of the most popular. With beautiful lawns, century-old trees, clear ponds, mushroom glades, friendly wildlife, and not forgetting its cosy ice cream parlour and ideal location for bike riding or horse riding, Bushy Park is a wonderful location.

 

Greenwich Park

London, SE10 8QY

Located close to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park is in fact, the oldest of the royal parks. Amongst its other facilities, the park has tennis courts, a cricket field, playground, and in the summer doubles as a concert venue, with many events held on the parks’ stage. For an unforgettable experience, why not travel to the park along the heart of the city – the River Thames.

 

St James’s Park

London, SW1A 2BJ

One of the smaller London parks, St James’s Park is located in the very heart of the city, next to the legendary Buckingham Palace and the Mall. It is home to all manner of wildlife from ducks, woodpeckers and swans, to bats and even pelicans. Throughout the summer you can watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony on a daily basis, however please note that the rest of the year this occurs every other day.

 

Richmond Park

Richmond, TW10 5HS

The largest royal park in the city, Richmond Park is set in an area of 1000 hectares, complete with a pastoral landscape, emerald hills, woodlands, beautiful butterflies, and various wildlife, including the serene spotted deer. Offering a range of sporting facilities, visitors can spend the afternoon fishing, playing a round of golf, enjoying a bike ride, or perhaps even a horse ride.

 

Regent’s Park

London, NW1 4NR

Renowned for its truly stunning rose gardens, this luxurious 200-year-old park is perfect for a visit, no matter the time of year. With a vast playground, and areas for football, softball, rugby or cricket, the park is the perfect venue for any sports fan. Along with its sports facilities, in the summer the park also has its very own summer theatre, perfect for a relaxed evening out. With the parks highest point Primrose Hill offering fantastic panoramic views of London, the park has something for everyone.

 

Kensington Gardens

London, W2 2UH

Shaped around Kensington Palace, the spacious 100 hectare Kensington Gardens are truly elegant. Complete with sweet paths, leafy trees, colourful flower beds and a statue of Peter Pan, a memorial of the late Prince Albert, Kensington Gardens are a real place of beauty.

 

Hyde Park

Hyde Park, W2 2UH

The city’s most famous park, Hyde Park is filled with thousands of trees, a large lake, green meadows, luxurious flower gardens, and beautiful fountains – allowing visitors to completely forget that they are in fact, in the centre of one of the world’s busiest cities. Complete with various facilities, including tennis courts, bike paths, horseback riding, a playground and a skating rink in winter, Hyde Park isn’t lacking on the activity front.

 

Crystal Palace Park

SE20 8DT

Located in the southern suburbs of the city, built on the grounds of the famous Crystal Palace. Situated between the trees hide huge models of life size dinosaurs, a full sized stage, a transparent lake, complete with ducks and other wildlife, as well as the parks’ very own museum celebrating the history of the Crystal Palace.

 

Bedfont Lakes Country Park

Clockhouse Lane, Feltham, Middlesex, TW14 8QA

Located close to Heathrow Airport, the 72 hectare park consists of a forest lawn, wild flowers, clear lakes, poplar trees, and hundreds of rare birds, making it just perfect for enjoying a picnic, fishing trip or a leisurely walk away from the noise of the city.

 

Muzzle Park Hall

Morden Hall Road Sutton, Sutton, SM4 5JD

Situated on the banks of a small river in the southern suburb of London, is the small 50 hectare park, complete with an elegant mansion, known as Morden Hall, a local farm, a tobacco mill, elegant wooden bridges and a beautiful rose garden.