5 Beautiful Parks & Gardens in London You Need to Visit
There’s nothing more glorious than escaping the bustle and bustle of everyday life by strolling through London’s most beautiful parks and gardens. Brimming with woodlands, wildlife, ponds and even free-roaming deer, it’s the perfect way to unwind during a sunny summer’s day – and best of all, they’re usually free!
Renowned for its beautiful walks through affluent neighbourhoods, Hampstead Heath is situated a tier above London and offers stunning views over the city. With over 800 acres of sprawling ancient woodlands and meadows, ponds, and lidos, this is a wonderful place to spend a day strolling, exploring and dipping in and out of quaint cafés and restaurants.
Venture on a natural safari walk through Richmond Park where you will stumble across beautiful free roaming deer, historic buildings, ancient trees and ponds teeming with flora and fauna. Created by Charles I in the 17th century and brimming with wildlife, it is also the biggest of London’s Royal Parks.
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a trip to a beautiful wild botanical garden. With over 500 acres of woodland and the world’s largest and most diverse mycological collection, admire the stunning flowers, trees, and unique landscapes that Kew Gardens has to offer. Stroll through the beautiful gardens, take some insta-worthy pictures and pop into their delicious coffee house along the way.
Spread over 200 acres, this idyllic Victorian park features a large duck lake, beautiful tree-lined pathways, a riverside promenade, gorgeous fountains, and more. A wonderful refuge for those wanting to get away from the city with plenty of places to enjoy a picnic in the sun.
Regent's Park has it all - with beautiful pathways, formal gardens, duck ponds, and central London's largest outdoor sports area, it is no wonder that this beautiful green haven has been a source of inspiration for artists and musicians over the years. As an ode to its creative visitors, the park hosts free concerts throughout the summer, featuring local bands, large jazz ensembles, and smaller independent artists, filling the air with bright and uplifting melodies.
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