The city is full of places to relax and take in the sunshine
Now that the weather is looking up and Spring is just around the corner, it’s a good time to enjoy some of London’s green spaces. Here’s our top six spots:
Camley Street Nature Park – Enjoy a small slice of nature amongst London’s urban scenery at the Camley Street Natural Park, located in King’s Cross a short walk from St. Pancras Station. The spot is ideal for wildlife watchers as the nature reserve’s various habitats draws a variety of birds, insects and amphibians year round. Opening times are 10am – 5pm Monday-Friday and Sunday.
Primrose Hill – Situated on the Northern end of Regents Park, it’s a bit of a walk, but worth it for the view. You get a panoramic view of the city and there are plenty of cafés and restaurants if you work up an appetite along the way.
Greenwich Park – There’s a lot to take in at Greenwich Park, including seeing a fantastic skyline of the City and East London and having the fun of standing in two different hemispheres at once at the Prime Meridian. The park is also home to the the Royal Observatory and London’s only Planetarium. And if you are really keen to take in some of the history, check out the National Maritime Museum, at the Northern end of the park. Opening times are 6:00 am and closing times vary.
Brockwell Park – Known for its walled gardens and scenic views of London, Brockwell Park is an expansive green space. One the many things that makes the park unique are its community greenhouses and miniature rail track. It also features one of the few outdoors swimming facilities in the city, the Brockwell Lido, which is open year round. Opening time is 7:30 am. Closing times vary.
Kew Gardens – Part of Richmond park, Kew Gardens is one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world and is full of exotic and otherworldly scenery. Richmond Park is worth your time for the deer and parrots alone. However, do check out Kew as an estimated five million bulbs are all about to bloom. Opening times are 9:30am and closing times are 5:30pm, but will soon be staying open for longer as Spring kicks in.
Hyde Park – Centrally located, it is perhaps one of London’s best known parks. Being in the heart of London makes Hyde Park a great go-to green space. There are any number of monuments, statues, and even places to grab a bit to eat. And let’s face it, where else can you go horseback riding and boating on the same day right in the middle of London? Opening times are 5:00am to midnight year round.