(Nearest station: Alexandra Palace)
The 7 acre Palace is surrounded by 196 acres of beautiful
parkland, a year round ice rink, a pub & restaurant, boating
lake, pitch & putt course, 1,500 free parking spaces and much,
(Nearest station: Queenstown Road)
Battersea Park is felt by many to be the
most interesting inner-city park in London and featuring a boating
lake, old English Garden and playgrounds for the kids to burn off
Cycling is also allowed in the park, and there is also a place
to hire cycling recumbents, so you can sit back and stretch out
while you explore at ease.
Stroll through the picturesque promenades and spot some wildlife
(including herons, cormorants and glebes) and make a trip to the
Peace Pagoda, a Japanese Buddhist monument constructed to inspire
peace, a gorgeous vision of red and gold among the soothing green
Wander around the boating lake (rowing boats and pedalos
available to hire) and visit the Pump House Gallery (free entry),
housed in a four-storey Grade 1 Listed Victorian tower on the
(Nearest stations: Hampton Court / Teddington)
Bushy Park is London's second largest Royal
Park with 320 red and fallow deer which roam free to enjoy the
peace and tranquillity. Areas of interest include the sixty-acre
woodland gardens, the site of the American camp based in Bushy
during WWII and Chestnut Avenue.
Crystal Palace Park
(Nearest station: Crystal Palace)
Park is a major public park in south London. Once a Victorian
pleasure park it still features the first life-sized dinosaur
sculptures completed in 1854, stroll in the acres and wander around
the lake featuring some of the dinosaurs.
(Nearest stations: Finsbury Park / Arsenal)
Daily 08.00am to dusk on weekdays and 10.00 to 16.00 at
weekends. A small ecology park supporting a remarkable diversity of
habitats and species - the original park consists of a mosaic of
created habitats, including a pond, woodland and grassland. Gillespie Park has a
state-of-the-art visitor and education centre (a renowned example
of sustainable architecture).
(Nearest stations: Victoria, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner)
Open daily from dawn to dusk. A Royal hunting ground in origin, Green Park is more rural in design than St James's
with mature trees and grassland. It is an important link between St James's
Park and Hyde
Hampstead Heath/Parliament Hill
(Nearest station: Golders Green)
Open 24 hours a day. The Heath is a fantastic place to stroll,
bird-watch or just play. You can swim in the ponds or Parliament Hill
Lido when the weather is clement (fees payable). The views on a
clear day can include the whole of central London.
(Nearest stations: Holland Park, High Street Kensington)
Holland Park contains formal gardens,
recreation facilities, a theatre, art galleries and large
semi-natural woodland. There is also a restaurant and cafeteria,
and a celebrated Dutch Garden. An ecology centre provides outdoor
educational facilities and conducts activities such as nature
trails, guided walks and pond investigations.
(Nearest stations: Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Lancaster
The most central open space in London and very close to
Oxford Street, take a stroll as the perfect antidote to the hustle
and bustle of your day in town. Hyde Park is a place where
people go and picnic in summer, horse ride, rollerblade or just
(Nearest stations: High Street Kensington, Queensway, Lancaster
Open 06.00 to dusk every day. Kensington Gardens is
adjacent to Hyde
Park. Visitors can admire the sunken garden, stop for a drink
at the Orangery and appreciate the paintings at the Serpentine
Gallery. See the Princess Diana water sculpture.
Mile End Park
(Nearest station: Mile End)
Mile End Park has been
transformed for the 21st Century; incorporating many separate
parks, the Play Arena, Ecology Park, Arts-park, Terrace Garden,
Adventure Park, Sports Park and Children's Park.
Mudchute Park and Farm
(Nearest stations: Mudchute, Island Gardens)
Open daily 09.30 to 16.30. Set in 32 acres of parkland in the
shadow of Canary Wharf. Mudchute Park and Farm is the largest city farm
in the country with a riding school, farm animals, a cafe and shop.
There is a daily charge for riding and booking is necessary.
(Nearest stations: Chalk Farm, Camden Town, St John's Wood)
Take the tube or alternatively walk to Primrose
Hill from the north end of Regent's Park (by ZSL London
Zoo). It has one of the loftiest vantage points over the
city. The village is an enclave of specialist shops and is a great
place to eat.
(Nearest stations: Great Portland Street, Regent's Park, Baker
The Regent's Park and the Queen Mary's
garden are open daily from 05.00 to 30mins before dusk. An
excellent park with children's play areas, gardens, sports
facilities and an open air theatre (fees payable).
(Nearest station: Paddington)
The canal runs along the edge of Regent's Park, and at 8.6 miles long, is a
hearty walk and unique way to walk from Paddington to the River
Thames in East London. The Canal includes 'Little Venice' around
Maida Vale, a great location for ice creams when the weather is
(Nearest stations: North Sheen, Mortlake, Barnes)
Open daily from 07.30 to dusk. Richmond
Park used to be a royal hunting ground. It is a home to much
wildlife including red and fallow deer. Other attractions include
the Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge which was the childhood
home of Bertrand Russell and now it is a café and the Palladian
(Nearest station: Russell Square)
A large Georgian Square near the British Museum, Russell Square is ideal for a break from the
busy city: sit by the fountain or buy a drink from the café.
(Nearest stations: Charing Cross, Westminster, St James's
Open daily from dawn to dusk. St. James's Park is at the heart of the
nation with Royal Palaces and government buildings all
around. The Park was entirely redesigned in its current
romantic, informal style in the 19th Century. Some guided walks
Thames Barrier Park
(Nearest station: Pontoon Dock)
Next to the Thames Barrier, and south of the Royal Victoria
Dock, London's first major riverside park in over 50 years, the Thames
Barrier Park, was opened to the public in November 2000.
Designed by renowned modernist French landscape architect, Alain
Provost, the park is unique in the UK. It features a stunning water
fountain at the entrance, which flows into the 'Green Dock', a
400-metre long sunken landscaped garden.
(Nearest station: Hackney Wick)
A wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the
city. With 218 acres of beautiful parkland Victoria Park is one of the greatest assets of
the East End. It has two lakes, ornamental gardens and an animal