We invite you to review the green corners of the capital of England and visit the most beautiful parks in London. Despite the abundance of cars and a large flow of people, London is a surprisingly green city. It has more parks and gardens than any other metropolitan area of its size. Beautiful green spaces can be found all around here, and while most tourists head straight for central Hyde Park, there are plenty of other places to get some fresh air and take a break from the bustle of the city in the shade of the trees. Let’s leave Hyde Park aside and get acquainted with the 10 most beautiful places in London, parks and gardens.
Let’s start our review of London parks with the Royal richmond park
This green oasis can be found in the attractive south west London town of Richmond and is the largest of London’s Royal Parks, encompassing many forests, fields and bodies of water. There is also an area of 700 year old oak trees and an organic forest garden. For sports enthusiasts, there is a golf course, bike rental and fishing opportunities. About 600 deer live in the wooded areas of the park. In the center of this green area is the Pembroke House — a mansion surrounded by an elegant garden. Among the natural attractions of London, Richmond occupies a worthy place.
2. Hampstead Heath
This is a very popular and loved by Londoners area of the city, located in the wealthy area of Hampstead. Hit is a natural park with many beautiful landscapes. There are hills, ponds, woodlands and open glades. For more active visitors, there are 8 jogging tracks, three swimming pools, golf courses and bike trails. In some areas you can see untouched wild grass, ancient hedgerows and ancient trees.
3. Regent’s Park
An elegant green corner in the center of London, loved by both locals and numerous tourists. You should definitely include this place in your list of attractions to see. The Regents are famous for their rose gardens. The park is also one of the biggest sports areas in London. There are several lakes where people can row and ride water bikes, there is even a separate lake for children. The park is famous for its large number of tennis courts. One of the main attractions of the park is the London Zoo ZSL, which is home to 650 animals. There is where to walk, eat and relax, and a great view of London opens from a large hill.
Lee Valley Regional Park
This huge park area follows the River Lea all the way to the Thames. The park is famous among lovers of water sports such as rafting, fishing, kayaking. Nature lovers also gather here to watch birds, camp, and ride horses. This London park has many examples of very beautiful architecture, including the Middleton House and the remains of the Augustinian Waltham Abbey. It is also home to Britain’s oldest mill.
5. Ham House Gardens
Ham House enjoys an idyllic location on the River Thames, in southwest London. The house itself was built in 1610 and is now owned by the National Trust. The gardens have been restored and restored to their 1600 condition. It is better to come here to unite with nature on clear sunny days, when you can enjoy the cherry orchard and the southern terrace with lush wide lawns.
6. Kensington Palace Gardens (King’s Park)
Graceful gardens of Kensington spread around the palace, the royal residence in Kensington and Chelsea. Built in 1689, the palace was the home of Princess Diana and the birthplace of Queen Victoria. Once these gardens were privately owned, but are now open to tourists and travelers.
7. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens is 121 hectares of beautiful gardens and botanical greenhouses in southwest London, between Richmond and Kew. The gardens are intended not only for tourists, but also for scientific research and as a source for other parks in England. The whole area is under the protection of UNESCO.
8. St. James Park
This small royal park is located closer to the center of London. It borders the Alley — the red road leading to Buckingham Palace and is the Queen’s ceremonial route. In the center of the park is a lake with many waterfowl. Every day at 14:30 there is a feeding ceremony for settled pelicans.
9. Hampton Court Gardens
It was a favorite place of Henry VIII, located in Richmond upon Thames, in Greater London. This place is known as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Here you can admire the ancient architecture, preserved to our times and carefully guarded. On a sunny day, you can book a boat from Westminster to take you along the banks of the Thames to these amazing gardens.
10. Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park
Holland Park is a popular area and public park in West Central London. It houses the Kyoto Japanese Garden, arranged in honor of Japanese culture by specialists from Japan. In addition to rare Asian plants, you can also admire ponds with Japanese carp, rock gardens and flower beds.
Among the parks of London, one can also list such green areas as Battersea, Greenwich Park, Clapham, Eltham Medieval Art Deco Gardens and many other beautiful places. It is worth adding that London’s Hyde Park is one of the 10 wonders of London, which has a separate selection on LifeGlobe.