When you’re done with all the shopping and nightlife in the streets of London, kick off your heels, enjoy some of the green spaces and forget that you’re in a capital city as you relax in the tranquility from urban life.
London has many local parks and every borough has its own unique open space with all the usual amenities that a park has to offer. Some have renovated their Victorian lidos – outdoor swimming pools – so if the British weather allows, you can even have a dip in the sunshine, although they’re not usually heated!
Hampstead Heath is probably one of the most famous green spaces in London. Situated in West London, the land is huge and the terrain offers ancient forests, gardens, lakes, grassland, a zoo and beautiful walks to make you feel you’re in the heart of the countryside.
One of the biggest and most central parks is Hyde Park and you’ll find Londoner’s flocking there on a sunny day. It has a rose garden, several thousand trees, a boating lake and a number of monuments, including the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. If you’re feeling more energetic there are plenty of sporting areas to keep you busy for a fee.
Surrounded by three palaces, one of which is Buckingham Palace, and also in the heart of London, is St James’ Park, the oldest of the Royal parks (there are eight in total). In addition to the fauna and flora, the chances are that when you visit you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the ceremonial royal parades, popular with both tourists and locals.
Away from the well kept parks are natural reserves such as the one in Lee Valley. Spanning twenty six miles in all its natural glory, it offers farms, gardens, sports and of course, provides a natural wildlife habitat for bird and animal lovers. There are plenty of canals to cycle, walk or even horse ride along one of the many nature trails.