If you’re into green urban spaces, then London is the place for you! With almost 47% of the city covered in trees and plants, you’re bound to run into an urban park wherever you are. You’re first week of university is in fact learning about London as a national park city (we’ve got blogs on it too!) Even if you’re not a crazy nature lover, parks are great places for cycling, jogging or just hanging out with friends! Here’s a list of some of the most popular urban parks around London:
Located about 10 mins walk from our campus, Victoria Park is a great place to hangout with friends for a picnic or just to walk around! My favourite way to reach the park is to walk beside the canal all the way down until you end up on the Old Ford Road which is just in front of the park. They’ve also got boating lakes where you can hire row boats and pedalos! More on general boating information in parks can be found here. The park opens at 7 am and closes around dusk throughout the year.
Because it’s such a big park within Central London, you can access it from Marble Arch, Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner tube stations! The park has well laid routes making it perfect for cyclists and roller skaters to ride within the park. On the other side of the Long Water are the Kensington Palace and gardens which is part of the royal residencies in London. Look out for Winter Wonderland from November – January when Hyde Park is transformed into a colourful and bright amusement park filled with rides and stalls! Opening times are from 5 am until midnight everyday.
This is probably one of the few urban parks around the world that contains a boating lake, an open air theatre, a mosque, a university campus and a zoo! The nearest stations are the Regent’s Park and the Baker Street (also famous for being part of the Sherlock Holmes stories!). The park is also well known for its sporting facilities with one of the biggest sporting grounds within Central London. Similar to Victoria Park, there is a boat and pedalo hire on the boating lake. It is also worth climbing up the Primrose Hill to get that fantastic view of London! It is open everyday from 5 am until 10 pm.
The closest tube station to the park is Richmond to which you can get to using the district line from Mile End. It is about an hour’s journey but trust me you’ll love it! It is one of the few parks where you can see deers roaming freely about in big groups. The park is usually filled by joggers and dog walkers but you will spot one or two professional photographers trying to capture the deers. It will take a while until you find the deers so don’t give up early! And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Isabella Plantation filled with beautiful flowers! The world famous Kew Gardens is just one stop before Richmond station too! The Richmond park is open everyday from 7 am to 7:45 pm.
These are just four of the many parks within London that are waiting to be explored! If you’re really interested them, you might even end up writing your dissertation on them like I am! Hope you have a fun time around London! 🙂