Top 5 Places for Pretty Spring Walks in London
Longer days, warmer nights, and the blooming of flowers can only mean one thing - Spring is here! Whether you’re a lover of a brisk walk or a relaxing stroll, London has an enormous number of stunning parks and green spaces to retreat to away from the city’s everyday hustle and bustle. With idyllic surroundings brimming with woodlands, wildlife, and flowers, they also provide the perfect views. To celebrate the start of this wonderful new season we’ve gathered some of our top destinations in the city to take a pretty, peaceful spring walk.
1. Kyoto Gardens
Tucked away in Holland Park in Kensington, Kyoto Gardens is a quaint, yet stunning garden area with a beautiful pond and tranquil tiered waterfall. Also home to magnificent koi and golden carp, it is surrounded by stone lanterns and lush plants native to Japan, with a stone bridge crossing the water, while peacocks roam around it. Make sure to look out for any pretty pink petals as the Sakura (cherry blossom) trees are in full bloom in the spring.
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2. Richmond Park
This charming park in West London is home to an abundance of wildlife and is one of the largest greenspaces in the city, covering more than 2,500 acres. The perfect place for a spring stroll, you’ll be able to venture on your own local safari walk as you stumble across the beautiful free-roaming deer and ponds teeming with fauna or indulge in the serene surroundings as you pass a number of historic buildings and ancient trees.
3. Kew Gardens
Embark on a walk to remember with a trip to a beautiful wild botanical garden. Located in the scenic borough of Richmond, Kew Gardens has over 500 acres of woodland and the world’s largest and most diverse mycological collection. As you stroll through one of London’s most beautiful and floral greenspaces, you’ll be able to admire the flowers, trees, a great pagoda, and a bamboo garden as well as check out the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse.
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4. Kensington Gardens
Located directly next to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens is one of London’s most popular greenspaces. Aside from being most famously known for being home to Kensington Palace, residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, you’ll also find an array of statues, memorials, and allotment areas dotted around the area. Ideal for a daytime spring stroll, visitors can enjoy walking through the gorgeous Italian Gardens featuring ornamental, stone-carved urns, and a grand fountain made out of white marble.
5. Regent’s Park
With beautiful tree-lined pathways and over 12,000 roses Regent’s Park is certainly one of London’s most elegant greenspaces. With a serene lake, numerous historic statues, ponds, and around 100 species of wildlife, this park makes the perfect spring walk backdrop. Not only that, but if you head to Primrose Hill on the north side of the park you’ll find gorgeous, unparalleled views of the city.
For a complete list of all the city’s most beautiful parks, gardens, and greenspaces, download our app and check out our London’s Prettiest Parks guide.
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