One of the many attractions that London has to offer is its great range of parks. There are very big parks, such as Hyde Park and St James’s Park right in the center of London. So which are the best London parks to visit?
Covering 350 acres, Hyde Park is one of the biggest Royal Parks of London, and contains the Serpentine Lake, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, and the famous Speakers’ Corner, where lively public debate takes place.
Boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding are some of the many leisure activities that can be enjoyed in Hyde Park.
Regent’s Park is another of London’s Royal Parks. It includes Queen Mary’s Gardens, London Zoo, Open Air Theatre and Primrose Hill. Regent’s Park is also houses the largest outdoor sports area in central London.
London Zoo is one of the city’s main attractions, and is the oldest scientific zoo in the world.
With just over 40 acres of lawns and trees, Green Park is the smallest of the Royal Parks but it is very popular and attracts millions of visitors every year. It is close to Buckingham Palace, and although this park has no lakes or buildings, it is an excellent place for relaxing and having a picnic.
St James's Park
St James’s Park is in the Westminster district of Central London, and like Green Park, it is close to Buckingham Palace, so it isn’t surprising that this is one of the Royal Parks too. St James’s Park is famous for having a colony of pelicans, and you can watch them being fed every afternoon.
Greenwich Park has some wonderful views over the River Thames, as well as a herd of deer, the Royal Observatory, three cafés and a bandstand. It is the oldest of the enclosed Royal Parks of London, and is a part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site.
Richmond Park has approximately 2,500 acres of ground, making it the largest of the eight Royal Parks in the capital. Some parts of this park are more like countryside and the large herds of red and fallow deer roaming around are something to look out for. Of course, these magnificent animals make wonderful photographic subjects if you can get close enough to them.
Bushy Park is the second biggest of London’s Royal Parks. Like its name suggests it has plenty of bushes, but also plenty of ancient trees, grassy lawns, streams and ponds, making it a wonderful place for spotting wildlife.
Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace Park is in the south of London but is well worth checking out, if only to see the life-size dinosaur sculptures. It also has a national sports centre and an outdoor stage.
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