There are many gardens and parks in London, and they aren’t just for show; many residents and visitors put these grassy areas to good use every day. Check out some of our recommended parks, and plan for a green break from London’s congested streets.
A selection of family-friendly parks in London:
- Victoria (“Vicky”) Park
- Greenwich Park
- Hyde Park
- Kensington Gardens
- Richmond Park
- Epping Forest
- Kew Gardens
- Bushy Park
- Wanstead Park
- Regents Park & Primrose Hill
- Hampstead Heath
Read a summary of 10 parks in London great for families.
The Great Outdoors in Central London
St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens form Central London’s Green Belt. Together, these four parks enable you to walk from Westminster to Kensington High Street surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. Hyde Park is loved by many as it is so central, safe and accessible. Christmas has Winter Wonderland with amusement rides but year-round there are the Serpentine Lake and then there is Kensington Gardens with all its Canada Geese, Ducks, Swans and squirrels!
Former Royal Hunting Grounds Turned Public
Many park areas were once the grounds of stately homes or royal palaces. Syon Park is still the residence of the Duke of Northumberland and his family, but visitors are welcome to tour the gardens and explore the magnificent glass conservatory. Hampton Court Park is another such parkland; along with Richmond Park and Greenwich Park, these are lovely and well-preserved open spaces available to all. These protected areas are managed by The Royal Parks and are home to many varieties of wildlife, and even some fallow deer who roam the grounds freely.
Local Parks for Local People
Smaller parks like Weavers Fields in Bethnal Green offer a much-needed breath of green air in an area with one of London’s highest population density. Primrose Hill Park is another such urban oasis, but this one is set in the trendy and smart Primrose Hill district, home to London’s rich and famous.
Ancient Woodlands rather than Manicured Gardens
If you like your gardens a bit more wild, Hampstead Heath is a good place to venture. Its tall grasses, heaths, and ancient woodland will fool you into thinking you have left London altogether. Oxleas Woods is another ancient forest where you can roam wild.
London parks and gardens are truly wonderful places to while away on a beautiful day.