Despite being a metropolis of busy, winding streets and towering skyscrapers, London is a great place to relax, unwind and spend some time exploring the great outdoors. In fact, according to research carried out by Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC, 2019, around 47% of the city is green space.
Spending time in the fresh air allows for gentle exercise and works wonders for mental health. Here are a few of London’s best parks and outdoor spaces, and a bit about what they have to offer.
A combination of woodland, formal gardens and recreational space, Holland Park has something for everyone. Located in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the park’s Kyoto Garden is easily its finest feature, with colourful trees, small waterfalls and resident peacocks. Interestingly, Kyoto Garden was designed to commemorate the friendship between Japan and Great Britain.
Sprawling across 2,360 acres in west London, Richmond Park is so big, you could fit New York’s Central Park in it almost three times over. The park has lots of wonderful attractions, including the resident deer, the beautiful flowers and trees of Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge and Georgian Tea Rooms, and the chance to go cycling or horse riding if you’re feeling energetic.
Hyde Park is the biggest outdoor space in central London, and hosts several events throughout the year, including Winter Wonderland from November to January and the British Summer Time festival every summer. Across the park, there are lots of memorials and monuments marking important points in British history, or you can head to the Serpentine Lake to hire a pedalo or rowing boat. Hyde Park accommodations aren’t difficult to come by, so it’s a great place to use as a base for your trip.
Greenwich Park is easily one of the best outdoor spaces in east London. With flower, herb and orchard gardens to explore, and a rolling hill offering views of a distant city skyline, there’s also the Royal Observatory and the meridian line, which serves as a reference point for Greenwich Mean Time.
Victoria Embankment Gardens
Situated in the north bank of the River Thames, these kept gardens lie between Blackfriars Bridge and Westminster Bridge. While there’s no attractions as such, it’s a great, central location for meeting with friends for a spot of lunch – if you’re happy slumming it on the grass, of course! Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and the National Theatre are all easily reachable on foot.
If you’re planning a getaway, staying in a Hyde Park London hotel provides the perfect opportunity to stay at the very heart of this exciting capital city.
The Park Grand Hotel Hyde Park is just one example of a gorgeous and homely hotel where you can retire to a room that’s just a stones-throw away, not only from one of London’s most famous parks, but busy shopping districts and the best tourist attractions, too.