With March fast-approaching, and the sun beginning to shine again, it’s time to put a spring back in your step with a walk through one of London’s many beautiful parks! We’ve compiled a list of our favourite 5 below, plus some key info so you can make the most of your visit.
Situated close to some of the city’s most iconic attractions, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St James’s Park is the oldest of London’s Royal Parks and covers 57 acres. Offering exceptional views of Buckingham Palace, it’s also a great spot for witnessing the Changing of the Guard or the annual Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade.
Enjoy a picnic beside the Queen’s residence; see the pelicans being fed near Duck Island; or walk across The Blue Bridge and admire the park’s many waterfowl.
Designed by John Nash in 1811, this Royal Park boasts an impressive 410 acres, and is home to one of the city’s best-loved attractions; London Zoo. It is also the site of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, where visitors can enjoy an enchanting outdoor performance. As proud partners, Grange Hotels is delighted to be able to offer guests specially discounted rates throughout the season, which runs from May - September. The 2016 season will kick off with Running Wild on 13th May.
Take in the famous views of London from Primrose Hill; admire over 100 different species of wild birds; hire a pedalo at the Boating Lake; or visit the rose garden with over 10,000 roses and 400 varieties. The Regent’s Park also features several bars and restaurants, plus plenty of outdoor space for sports facilities - the largest in London in fact - including netball, running and tennis.
Residing in one of London’s most prestigious boroughs, Kensington Gardens is an enchanting open space featuring 275 acres of flower beds, memorials, galleries and fountains. One of the major highlights to see here is Kensington Palace; a former country house which was transformed into a royal residence in 1689 by architect Christopher Wren, the mastermind behind the iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral which is nestled beside our flagship Grange St. Paul’s Hotel. As partners of Historic Royal Palaces, members of our loyalty programme, Revarew, can redeem their points for free entry into Kensington Palace.
Wander through the allotment for some gardening tips; marvel at the giant pirate ship in the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground; or visit the Peter Pan statue, specially commissioned by J.M. Barrie who lived close to the gardens.
Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Strathmore Hotel
Nearest Tube: Queensway, Bayswater, Lancaster Gate
Known fondly as the “People’s Park”, Tower Hamlet’s Victoria Park is actually the oldest public park, and draws in more than 275,000 visitors each year. Established with the help of Queen Victoria in 1841, the park was created to aid overcrowding in the city, increase the life expectancy of the population, and reduce the risk of disease spreading from the industries.
With a fantastic fireworks display in November; a spectacular Christmas carnival in winter; and plenty of dance, comedy and music taking place throughout the rest of the year, it’s no wonder this beautiful green space is regularly voted as London’s favourite park!
Last but certainly not least, is one of London’s largest (and most famous) parks; Hyde Park. Home to Winter Wonderland during the festive season and a live music festival in summer, these iconic grounds were featured in the world’s first moving pictures, and have been a popular filming location ever since.
Visit the unique memorial to Princess Diana; smell the rich seasonal flowerbeds at the Rose Garden; voice your opinion at Speakers’ Corner; or take a ride on the UK's first Solarshuttle.