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Top London Parks
Top London Parks
There are so many parks in London, England; big and small, famous and not so well known that it would take a long time to list them all. Below you will find the parks that have much more to offer than just trees and open space. A visit to London would be incomplete without taking a walk through one of the parks. We hope that you love this Top London Parks post.
Open from 5am to Midnight.
Hyde Park is one of the Royal Parks owned by the monarchy and is perhaps most famous for Speakers Corner which is located at the northeast end of the park near Marble Arch, go there on a Sunday to hear the peoples passionate speeches!
Boating is available on the Serpentine Lake from March-October. London's Holocaust Memorial garden can be found East of the lake, just beyond the dam and South of the Serpentine Lake is the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fountain. You will also find a bird sanctuary and on a Sunday afternoon in the summer you can listen to a concert at the bandstand.
Open from 6am to dusk.
Known affectionately as Vicky Park by locals this East End park has a range of activities to do in the summer.
Watch cricket being played in the summer evenings or have your own game of cricket using the free three-lane cricket net provided.
Vicky Park is also home to the oldest model boat club, founded in 1904. It is still active today and holds up to 17 Sunday regattas a year, the first Regatta is traditionally held on Easter Sunday whilst the Steam Regatta is always held on the first Sunday of July.
Open from 6am to dusk
Originally part of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens was separated in name (you can't actually tell where one begins and the other ends!) in 1728. It covers 260 acres and is the setting for Kensington Palace. It has many things to see including a charming bronze statue of Peter Pan, a partially hollow tree stump called the Elfin Oak with figures of fairies, elves and small animals carved into the wood. There is also the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground for kids up to age 12 and a seven mile Memorial Walk which goes through Hyde Park, Green Park and St James's Park.
Open from 7.30am to dusk
You can take a trip to the countryside without actually leaving London in this Royal Park. Covering 2,500 acres with a landscape of hills and rolling grassland you can see St Paul's Cathedral 12 miles away from the highest point. The main park is home to herds of roaming fallow and red deer and has been designated as a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Isabella Plantation, a beautiful woodland area is home to a range of flora and fauna including the national collection of azaleas and rhododendrons.
Open from 6am.
With stunning views across the River Thames to the City of London and the Docklands this park has much more to offer than just trees and a walk in an open space. Covering 73 hectares (183 acres) the parkland has an area enclosed area for deer called The Wilderness and is famous for being bisected by the Greenwich meridian line. It is home to several historic buildings and museums The Old Royal Observatory, the Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House, home of Queen Anne, wife of King James I.
St James's Park
Open from 5am to Midnight.
The oldest Royal Park in London and first to be opened to the public St James's Park is home to the Mall and surrounded by three palaces, one being, of course, Buckingham Palace and is often the setting for ceremonial and state celebrations and parades. Covering 23 hectares (58 acres) the park has a lake, which was once a canal, and is home to many ducks, geese and pelicans with Duck Island and West Island being nesting sites for the different waterfowl.
Open from 5am to dusk.
Home to London Zoo Regents Park covers 166 hectares (410 acres) with open parkland and formal gardens including rose gardens featuring 400 different varieties. There is an open air theatre which is open May-September and bandstands with lunchtime and evening concerts. Marylebone Park as it was once known also has a boating lake home to herons and many other birds and waterfowl as well as St John's Lodge and The Holme which are original buildings from the parks first conception.
We hope that you are inspired by this Top London Parks post. Happy travels!