When you think of London, you’ll probably imagine the busy city streets, the hordes of people and the thousands of buses. What you might not think of, however, is the array of stunning parks that the city is home to. One of the most well-known is undoubtedly Hyde Park, which is based in the centre of London. This beautiful park covers 350 acres of land and is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
Enjoy a picnic in the sun, a walk to see the sites or take part in open-water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis or horse riding. A number of events are also held here throughout the year. One of the most popular is British Summer Time, a summer extravaganza that’s held every year. Enjoy live music, comedy acts and films, as well as an array of cafes, independent food stalls, themed pubs and cocktail bars.
Another popular location is Walpole Park in Ealing, west London. Formerly the grounds of Pitzhanger Manor, which dates back to the 18th century, Walpole Park is one of the best green spaces in the capital. The manor has now been transformed into a popular museum and art gallery, and visitors can also enjoy the ornamental gardens and lake. Throughout the summer months you can find a number of events here, including the Ealing Beer Festival and a variety of events dedicated to comedy, opera, blues and jazz.
So instead of travelling out of London to enjoy the sunny weather, head to one of the many parks that are right on your doorstep.