As soon as the weather starts to turn a little warmer you will find Londoners escaping the indoors to one of London’s numerous parks. It is one of the things that makes the city so special, that almost wherever you are there is a park or green space nearby.
Let’s take a look at some of the best parks in London for enjoying the warmer spring weather.
St James’s Park
This is a very centrally located park, right next to Buckingham Palace and very near Trafalgar Square. The park has a lake running through it’s center where you can see a variety of ducks and other birds.
One of the most famous birds to live in the park is the Pelican with it’s large pouch like beak. The birds are fed every day at 2.30pm which can be quite a spectacle and well worth seeing. Stroll over to the park after you have watched the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to watch the birds having their lunch.
On a warm day in the spring you can hire a deckchair and sit people watching or reading a book. There is a cafe with a good restaurant in the middle of the park, ideal for a lunchtime snack.
Hyde Park is a huge park, it’s actually London’s biggest and probably most popular. The park has rose gardens, playing fields, large areas of open space, a large boating pond, a restaurant, and plenty of paths that are used by roller skaters, runners and cyclists. On a warm spring day it is almost the default place that Londoners head to if they want to get a bit of sun and fresh air.
Designed by Prince Regent at the beginning of the 19th century Regents Park is an oasis of green away from the hustle and bustle of central London. This is a great park to visit in the spring time because of the large rose garden that blooms in late spring. There are literally thousands of roses of different types and colors on display that add a lot of brightness to the area.
Like most of London’s largest parks this is very centrally located near to the cities hotels and serviced apartments, so it’s ideal for tourists.
Battersea Park isn’t centrally located in the way that some of the other parks are but it is very large and has a lot of good facilities, from tennis courts to open sports areas, restaurants and cafes, it even has a zoo. It can be a great place to take children as it also has a large adventure playground.
The park is also next to the river Thames so on a warm spring day a walk along the Thames is always a great way to see some of London.
Hampstead heath is a wilder more rural looking park than the others and it is also further from the center of London than the others.
It is a great place to escape the city and feel like you are in the countryside but still be in London. The area of Hampstead is also popular in the summer with it’s boutique shops and cafes.
Hampstead Heath is hilly and there are some vantage points in the park that give spectacular views of the London skyline. Parliament Hill is probably the most famous of these places, and many people recognise it from various films.
It is one of the best places in London to experience the spring because it feels so rural and the air can feel fresher than the rest of London.