London is the perfect Metropolis for all your big city needs.
Everything you could ever want you can find there.
Even peace and quiet among the many London parks.
With all the hustle and bustle of the city there are plenty of parks throughout the city for some quality relaxation and time with nature.
Below is a list of my Top 4 London Parks:
Hyde Park –
Located right in the middle of the city covering 350 acres(142 hectares) with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and flower gardens.
There’s plenty to do in this park.
You can go swimming, boating, cycling and skating.
There are tennis courts, tracks for horse riding, a children’s playground and two lakeside restaurants.
Hyde Park has a number of fascinating buildings and monuments, such as The Serpentine Bridge, the Joy of Life Fountain and the famous Achilles statue.
If you go there on a Sunday you should definitely head to Speaker’s Corner where you can listen to all the wacko’s share their opinions with the world.
Everything from Government Take Over, Lizard People, and Scientology.
It’s great for a laugh and some people watching.
Regent’s Park –
Regent’s Park might be the most famous of the London parks.
It has been featured in many movies and some of the best attractions out of all the other parks.
A little larger than Hyde Park, at 410 acres(166 hectares), makes this the largest outdoor sports area in London which caters to football, softball, rugby and cricket.
The park hosts the London Zoo, the Open Air Theatre, and a boating lake.
Once you’ve built up an appetite you can go to any of the 4 Cafés on the grounds; The Garden Café, The Honest Sausage, The Boathouse Café, and the Tennis Centre Café.
Richmond Park –
This is the largest of the London parks, as it covers 2,500 acres(1,000 hectares) and houses over 600 deer.
There are playgrounds at Kingston and Petersham gates, two golf courses near Roehampton Gate, and an organic woodland garden(The Isabella Plantation).
There is fishing available at Pen Ponds, horse-riding tracks and a cycling path.
For eating there’s the Georgian mansion, Pembroke Lodge; Roehampton Café or refreshment kiosks located at main car parks.
St. James Park –
While it might be one of the smaller London parks, 58 acres(23 hectares), it is home to the Mall, a children’s playground, the Inn The Park restaurant and 4 refreshment kiosks.
There’s a bunch of pelicans there that are fed every day at 14:30, as well as water birds, owls, woodpeckers and bats.
There’s also a changing of the guard that occurs daily in summer and alternate days for rest of year; The Queen’s Lifeguard changes daily at Horse Guards Parade Ground.
Most of London might be moving a million miles per hour, but there are still large areas where you can breathe and slow down.
Even within this concrete jungle you can still find serenity.
Have you ever hung out in any of the London parks?
Which were your favorite?
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