From Royalty spotting to the best picnic spots – there’s a park in London that’s perfect for you. Whether you want somewhere secluded and romantic or space for the family to spread out, you’ll find the ideal green retreat in the heart of the capital.
One of the biggest and most well known parks in London, Hyde Park has something for everyone:
- Hire a rowing boat and mess about on the Serpentine Lake
- Listen to the political debates at Speakers’ Corner
- Stroll through 350 acres of meadows, tree-lined footpaths and ornamental gardens
Fans of Diana, Princess of Wales, will love visiting the Memorial Fountain, and there’s always a series of music, food and cinema events to get your teeth into over the summer.
Kensington Gardens – originally part of Hyde Park – has the added attraction of a real royal residence; Kensington Palace. Tour the palace, catch a glimpse of Princess Catherine, Wills and the kids, then explore the extensive gardens.
Children will enjoy the Peter Pan statue and couples should check out the Albert Memorial, commissioned by a grieving Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband Prince Albert.
The Regent’s Park
You could spend all day in Regent’s Park and not get bored!
- 9am – start with a walk through some of the famous gardens, including the Allotment Garden or the rose garden with 12,000 blooms
- 11am – take your little monkeys to see the real thing at ZSL London Zoo
- 3pm – enjoy a pedalo ride just for two on the boating lake
- 6pm – watch a show at the Open Air Theatre, from Shakespeare to comedy
We haven’t even mentioned The Hub, the largest outdoor sports facility in London; better come back tomorrow…
Most of us already know Richmond Park, the largest park in London – it was the setting for the infamous ‘Fenton’ video of a dog chasing red deer across the fields while his hapless owner bellows after him.
See the deer for yourself, which have roamed the park since 1529, enjoy the uninterrupted view of St Paul’s Cathedral 12 miles away, visit Pembroke Lodge, or pick a picnic spot somewhere in the 2,500 acres of parkland. And keep a camera handy for your own Fenton moments!
All our suggestions are a short hop from Victoria bus station, so you can jump off our overnight service and start exploring straight away. Then after a busy day in London’s parks, enjoy a great night’s sleep while we bring you home again.
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