With spring in full swing, it’s a great time of year to explore London’s perhaps seemingly hidden scenery. Boasting 160,000 hectares of greenery throughout the UK capital including eight royal parks, more than half of the city is filled with park space. From north to south and east to west, here’s a list of some of the best picnic spots to visit in the Big Smoke.
Based in the heart of west London, this park is located just off the Kensington High Street. With plenty of sandwich shops nearby and even a Whole Foods, you won’t have to worry about packing a lunch before you go. The gardens also feature a lake (The Serpentine) and the Round Pond onsite, making it the ideal location to cool off on a hot day.
This north London grassy space is perfect for a day out. With tennis, netball and basketball courts available, it’s ideal for families too. Just up the road from Islington’s vibrant Upper Street, it’s the ideal location for a post-park drink or bite to eat at one of the many cafes and restaurants throughout the area.
This central London location spans around 400 acres and has the biggest sports area than any other venue in the heart of the city. The park also includes the Queen Mary’s Gardens, Open Air Theatre, London Zoo and the scenic Primrose Hill, which provides picturesque views of the city’s skyline.
Covering about 2,500 acres, this green area is London’s largest Royal Park. Not only are there cycle paths, thick forests, hills, ponds and gardens galore, but there’s also a wide assortment of wildlife too. With rabbits and deer in abundance around the grounds, it’s the ideal countryside scenery to accompany an alfresco lunch.
To soak up a spot of sun in south London, this triangular patch of greenery is a great place to go. Not only are there two historic ponds and one modern pool for paddling (Cock Pond), but the common is also overlooked by grand houses, some of which date back as far as 1790.
This ancient London park based in north London spans from Hampstead to Highgate. The 320-hectare space is one of the capital’s most popular parks and features a wide variety of attractions including Kenwood House, Parliament Hill and the Kenwood Ladies’ Pond – ideal for a mid-summer’s dip post picnic.
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