The number of parks so close to London’s centre is a source of pride for Londoners. Whether it’s office workers enjoying their lunch al fresco or families taking a break from sightseeing, London’s parks are an integral part of its identity. One of the best things about the city’s great green spaces is that they’re not just for locals – we’ve picked out a few of our favourites so you can enjoy a stroll through some of London’s most scenic surroundings.
Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are two adjoining parks which together form one of London’s largest green spaces, bordered by such smart attractions as the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace. South Kensington’s world-famous museums are close at hand too.
Regent’s Park is one of London’s Royal Parks (meaning it’s owned by the Crown). Once used by royals for hunting deer, today you’re more likely to find giraffes – ZSL London Zoo is tucked into its northern corner. At the southern end, you can catch a play at the Open Air Theatre (open from May to September) or hire a pedalo for a cruise around the Boating Lake.
Possibly the only park in a skyscraper, the Sky Garden is a glass-roofed botanical garden at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street (more commonly known as ‘the walkie-talkie’ because of its unusual shape) in the City of London It’s free to visit, but you’ll have to book ahead. It’s worth the planning – as well as a lovely green space, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views London has to offer.
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