With 8.6 million residents, and even more tourists, there aren’t many places in London where you can relax free from the rat race. Thankfully, London is home to some of the best parks the UK has to offer. Whether you’re looking to relax, see some wildlife, or even visit an open-air theatre, you’ll find it all at one of the parks dotted around the capital. Better still, these are homes to some of the most stunning views you can find in London. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the best parks in London, but there are plenty more that haven’t made the cut.
A list of London parks would never be complete without Hyde Park, London’s most famous park. Located centrally between Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Bayswater, the 350 acre park has something for everyone. From swimming and boating in the lake to cycling and even skating, Hyde Park offers an enjoyable time whether you are looking for something relaxing or more active. The park hosts more than its fair share of events too, whether it be a gig or an open air theatre.
St. James’s Park
This park has been dubbed by many as London’s best looking park. Surrounded by three royal palaces, the park is home to the famous St. James’s Park pelicans that you can watch being fed at 2.30pm every day, as well as many owls, woodpeckers and bats. You can find plenty of refreshments in the park too, with the contemporary Inn – The Park cafe restaurant serving food from breakfast to dinner. If the stunning views of the wildlife, plants and lake don’t satisfy you, the park also boasts one of the best views of Buckingham Palace.
One of the oldest Royal Parks in London is Greenwich Park, located just south east of the city centre and easily accessible on the Tube. If you’re interested in history then this is the park for you, housing the Royal Observatory, the Prime Meridian Line (which defined the time zones of the world) and the National Maritime Museum. Being on top of a hill, Greenwich Park holds one of the best views of London and the Thames.
This park has enough to do to keep you occupied for a whole day. Home to the London Zoo and a boating lake with many species of wild bird and waterfowl, you’ll be able to get you wildlife fix. If sports is more your thing, the park contains the largest outdoor sporting area in London with football, rugby and cricket being played regularly in the summer.
Of course, if you’re visiting all these parks you’re going to need a place to stay. Thankfully there is the Swinton Hotel, a luxurious and cheap Kings Cross hotel. We’re just 5 minutes away from Kings Cross, allowing you to hop on a tube and get to any of these stunning parks easily. To check availability for our rooms, book online or call us on 020 7837 1451 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you.