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London is a city renowned for its vast open spaces and manicured botanic gardens - a wealth of parks cover the city from North, South, East and West and have attractions for all the family. Aside from the ever popular Hyde Park our concierge has pick a few of our favourite recreational places from the huge Kew Gardens with over 30,000 plant species to the tiny and almost completely private St Johns Gardens.

The Best Parks and Gardens in London

Greenwich Park

Located on the banks of the River Thames in south-east London, Greenwich Park is one of the most historically significant parks in London – part of it, the Old Royal Naval College, is a World Heritage Site. UNESCO reckoned it to be the "finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles." When viewed from the Greenwich observatory the Old Naval College provides a dramatic juxtaposition with the backdrop of the modern London skyline.

 

Alexandra Palace Park

Another park with panoramic views of London’s skyline is Alexandra Park - situated atop a vast hill in north London. The park is dominated by Alexandra Palace, which was used by the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1936 to 1981. A host of activities are available at the park from mini golf to a number of frequent music festivals.

Queen Mary's Gardens, Regents Park

Situated in Regents Park’s Inner Circle, Queen Mary’s gardens are some of the best landscaped gardens in central London, containing largest collection of roses in the city (approximately 12,000). The gardens are at their best in late May and throughout June.

 

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are responsible for the world’s most extensive collection of plants, with over 30,000 species spread over 300 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. The gardens host a number of attractions from a tree top walkway to a 50m high Japanese pagoda. The centre piece however is the magnificent Victorian wrought iron Palm House, that is grade 1 listed.

St Johns Gardens, Regents Park

St John’s Gardens are discreet landscaped gardens hidden away in the centre of Regents Park. The land actually belongs to the Sultan of Brunei, who currently resides in St Johns Lodge. Fortunately the Sultan has kindly left the picturesque gardens open to the public, though it seems not many people realise as the gardens are often completely deserted. The entrance is found through a small walkway on Regents Park Inner Circle, next to the nursery.

Primrose Hill

To the north of Regents Park, sits the 78 meter high Primrose hill featuring stunning views over central London and beyond. The parks open areas make a great place to entertain the family, plus the Primrose Hill village provides a host of coffee shops and boutique stores to enjoy should the weather turn.

Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath

In north-west London parliament hill is the highest park in the capital at 98m, with views to match. The hill is part of the wider Hampstead Heath that features a number of places to visit and things to do; Outdoor swimming can be found at Parliament Hill Lido, Kite flying in Parliament Hill Fields and even outdoor concerts can be found outside the historical Kenwood House.

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