London is not usually known for its wildlife. Although a unique city with plenty of variety and despite it having many royal parks, you wouldn’t necessarily correlate animal life and the urban metropolis of the UK capital. Whilst this is definitely a normal assumption to make, the fact of the matter is that throughout its history and across its 1500 square miles, there’s actually a surprising amount of wildlife and rare beasts across the country. Whether you’re a budding zoologist or know someone who is, your visit to London hotels like the Park Grand London Hotel could be made that little more exotic once you learn more about the broad variety of animals that live, or have lived in the city.
Back in the year 2000, 3 peregrine falcons were released into the skies above London with the intention of cutting down the number of pests in the city. With the falcons hunting a daily prey of rats and pigeons, the hunting bird became top of the food chain. Now there’s more than 30 living in London and if you’re lucky, you might see them perching on the rooks of skyscrapers or swooping down into Paddington Court to catch an unsuspecting pigeon during your own feast at the Park Grand Restaurant afternoon tea deals.
The London Wetland Centre in Southwest London’s Putney is a beautiful nature reserve made up of marshlands and forest. It’s also home to a few dozen otters who make their home and add to the cutesy feel of this educational wildlife reserve. Hundreds of otters lived in the Thames up until the 1930s’, and after a massive clean up of the river in 2005, the once near-extinct creatures have returned to the quieter sections of the river.
Alongside the many urban farms of London, you can find cows grazing in the Walthamstow Marshes near Tottenham. With fields set our for these creatures, it’s quite a surprise to find them grazing in a valley between two very built-up areas of East London. The area itself is well worth a visit from nature-loving guests at the Park Grand Paddington Hotel
Dating back to the 19th century, Parakeets have often escaped captivity and lived across London. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s’ that they truly made a home for themselves here. Ever since then, they’re often seen splashing bright colours around the parks they frequent.
Red and fallow deer
For guests at Park Grand restaurants in Central and West London, the last thing you’d expect to find in the city is a herd of deer. If you take a trip to Richmond Park in the west or Epping Forest in the East of London, you’ll find that hidden among the trees and grasslands will be herds of red and fallow deer. These beautiful creatures are semi-wild and have lived in these parts of London’s outskirts for hundreds of years.
We’re not talking about a member of London zoo here, we’re talking about the remains found in the Tower of London menagerie. Between the 13th and the 19th century, the Tower of London was used as the home of a variety of exotic animals, including an elephant and even a lion!