London is a great city that is full of great buildings and sites that will have you walking or hours. There’s nothing like relaxing in a nice park to sooth aching feet and despite what you may think, London has loads of great parks in which you can do just that. Here are my top three -
This is one of the biggest of London’s green spaces and it is certainly one of the most popular. It is very centrally located and a wander around it will soon have you forgetting that you are in a major capital city. There is a huge boating lake in the middle where you can hire pedaloes and rowing boats by the hour. To be honest, they are pretty pricey for what they are, but you can have fun wandering around the edge of the lake watching other people using them for nothing! There are a couple of little cafes at the lake edge and plenty o benches, so you can have a nice sit down whilst enjoying an ice cream.
There is also a water feature at the edge of the park dedicated to the memory of Diana Princess of Wales. After walking quite a fair way to find it, I have to say that I was a little underwhelmed by it. I think I was expecting something extravagant and it is more of a little main made circular stream type thing. I think the idea behind it is quite nice because it’s meant to be a quiet area of reflection but it doesn’t seem to be being used like that as far as I can see.
Regent’s Park is a lovely long park that is nice for walking through. There are lots of large grassy areas where you can sit down and enjoy a quiet moment or a picnic with friends. There is a huge path that runs through the middle of it which means that the areas to the sides are relatively quiet. There are lots of playing fields as well that are often in use and it actually makes for a nice way to while away the hours watching whatever sport is being played.
Regent’s Park is also home to London Zoo. It is right at the back of the park and easily accessible by road and by underground train. The park is popular as you would expect and I couldn’t tell you much about it because I didn’t visit. I will say though that you can see a few of the smaller animals if you walk around the side through the park. I loved watching the penguins waddling around – a little cheeky I know, but penguins are sooooo cute!
Primrose Hill was one of my favourite places to go in London to get away from the crowds of the city. It’s easy to get to – simply get the Tube up to Camden Town and walk up the road away from Camden itself, following the signs. It’s probably about a ten minute walk from the nearest Tube station. There are a couple of shops on the way up where you can get an ice cream or a sandwich to enjoy in the park.
The best thing about Primrose Hill is the view you get over the city. It is quite something and we enjoyed spending time spotting the more famous buildings of London’s varied skyline. Granted it can be a little bit hazy, but it great all the same and that just makes ‘building spotting’ more of a challenge!
There is a little children’s play park at the bottom of the hill which is extremely popular with the Primrose Hill set. There is also a little clubhouse here which very conveniently has free to use public toilets.
So there you have it – three perfects ways to get a bit of peace and relaxation in the Big Smoke!