Perfect Parks for Your Summer in London

Perfect Parks for Your Summer in London

If you’re looking for somewhere to settle down to a nice picnic, play some sports, ride along the lake or simply take an idyllic stroll in the summer sunshine, we have the top picks for parks in London.

Here are our favourite London parks:

Hyde Park 

One of the most popular parks in London and has to feature on the London parks list is the glorious stretch of Hyde Park. Home to the famous Speaker’s Corner and a flurry of white and blue striped deckchairs, Hyde Park offers a vast expanse of greenery to play sports with friends, laze about in the sun and have a picnic under the promenade of blossoming trees.

Location: Central London

Closest Tube Station: Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch

Nearby Locations of Interest: The iconic Marble Arch, the shopping phenomenon of Oxford Street, Victoria train/coach station and it’s only a short walk to the historic Buckingham Palace

Things to Do:  Hire a bike and take a ride along the river – rentable by the hour or alternatively peddle with your friends or family on a boat for spectacular views of the park. Boating on the Serpentine is an absolute must.

This London Park is Perfect for: Couples, families

The Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park is an idyllic park in Central London, just off Baker Street. With a delightful lake home to hundreds of geese and swans, it’s the perfect place to take the family to enjoy the summer sunshine or even rent a pedalo in the blistering London heat.

Location: Central London

Closest Tube Stations: Regent’s Park

Nearby Locations of Interest: Baker Street offers many delicious restaurants and cafes to enjoy if you forgot your picnic or fancied a late bite to eat after all that sunbathing.

Things to Do: A visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum is a must when visiting Regent’s Park. As one of the most famous sleuths in the world, Sherlock Holmes home is a fascinating discovery.

This London Park is Perfect for: Picnics with friends, families

St James’s Park 

St James’s Park is situated in one of the most historic areas of London, between the golden gates of Buckingham Palace and the Horseguards Parade. One of the best parks in London offers you the chance to

venture up close to the Queen’s home before settling down beside the river in the Park.

Location: Central London

Closest Tube Stations: St James’s Park and Victoria

Nearby Locations of Interest: Buckingham Palace and Horseguards Parade are must-visits when you’re in St James’s Park and the iconic Parliament Square is a short walk (5 minutes) away where you’ll find Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Things to Do:  Take a blissful walk along the river or if you’re interested in World War 2, visit Churchill’s War Rooms which are situated at the end of the park. Offering a fascinating insight into Churchill’s underground stay during the War, you’ll get to learn, discover and explore more about one of London’s greatest secret locations.

This London Park is Perfect for: Idyllic views

Hampstead Heath 

You’ll have to travel a little further to visit Hampstead Heath, but the views alone are worth your while. This hilly space features some of the best views across London and a lot of it are swathed in gorgeous woodland. This 790-acre park is a haven for nature-lovers and continues to be an incredibly important park for the local wildlife.

Location: North West London

Closest Tube Stations: Hampstead and Highgate

Nearby Locations of Interest: Head up to Parliament Hill and soak in sights that you’ll be sure to never forget.

Things to Do: Hampstead Heath also boasts an education centre, three swimming ponds and extensive children’s facilities for public use. You can even do some sledging on the Heath should it snow (not that we’re wishing for it!)

This London Park is Perfect for: Picturesque walks in the park

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens are one of the most-loved spots in the capital and it’s no surprise now. Full of beauty and plush greenery in equal measure, the gardens are one of London’s special Royal Parks. Home to the famous Kensington Palace, it has a royal stamp of approval and is set to be home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Location: West London

Closest Tube Stations: Queensway and Bayswater

Nearby Locations of Interest: The hustle and bustle of London’s Notting Hill is only 1 stop from Kensington Gardens and boasts a whole host of boutiques, delicious eateries, bookstores, furniture shops and much more.

Things to Do: Have a cultural experience and visit the wonderful Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens after you’ve had an ice-cream (or three) from the scrumptious gelato stand near the lake. An exploration of Kensington Palace is also a must and the Princess Diana Playground is perfect for the children.

This London Park is Perfect for: Whole day out

Holland Park

In a quiet area in West London, Holland Park is a quaint and idyllic resting place in the summer months. With areas to sit and relax, places for children to play and have fun and a Japanese Garden to explore, there’s much to love about this area.

Location: West London

Closest Tube Stations: Holland Park, Shepherds Bush, Notting Hill Gate

Nearby Locations of Interest: The colourful Notting Hill is only 5 minutes walk from Holland Park with its many shops and places to grab a bite to eat. If shopping is higher on your agenda, head to the famous Westfield Shopping Centre (10 minutes walk from the park) for all your favourite designer and highstreet brands.

Things to Do: Travel halfway across the world with a few steps in Holland Park as you enter into the serenity of the Kyoto Garden. Japanese-inspired and featuring Koi Carp and a beautiful waterfall, you will leave feeling peaceful and tranquil.

This London Park is Perfect for: Quiet days

Queen’s Park

If you’re situated towards the North of the city, Queen’s Park is an ideal place to head for some fun in the sun. With a children’s playground with swings and slides and a vast area of grass to enjoy a game of football or two, it’s a great area to relax with friends or family outside of the busyness of central London.

Location: North West London

Closest Tube Stations: Queen’s Park 

Nearby Locations of Interest: Kilburn High Road is a short distance from Queen’s Park, taking you past the areas unique boutiques and antique shops along the way. Edgware Road is also just a short bus ride away from the park offering many different worldy foods.

Things to Do: Within the park, you can visit their farm for free! With sheep, goats, rabbits and birds to enjoy, you’ll have the chance to feed them all.

This London Park is Perfect for: Children

That’s our run down of the best parks in London including royal parks in London and some of the most beautiful that the capital has to offer. We hope you get to enjoy them!

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Originally from the quaint city of Canterbury, Katrina now lives in West London and enjoys going to the West End, trying new foods and watching her long suffering Arsenal FC play at the Emirates stadium.