Lush Green Open Spaces in London

Contrary to the perception that London is a concrete jungle because of the presence of innumerable fantastic structures, buildings, shopping centres, business offices, hotels, restaurants and landmarks, more than 40% of the city area is open space consisting of parks and gardens and other open areas. There are eight Royal Parks and gardens in and around London and a host of other magnificent parks. The most important parks and gardens are mentioned below.

Hyde Park: It is the most centrally located and the most famous park in the city, occupying 350 acres of prime land in the heart of London between Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Bayswater. It is the largest of four parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, the other three being Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St James’s Park. It is divided by the Serpentine Lake and the Long Water and is contiguous with Kensington Gardens. The park has been a traditional location for mass demonstrations. It offers many attractions including Speakers’ Corner, the Serpentine Lake, Italian Gardens, Serpentine Galleries, Serpentine Solar, Diana Princess of Wales Fountain, Peter Pan statue and many others. Moreover, the park offers opportunities for many leisure activities, such as relaxing on lush green meadows, having a picnic, walking, jogging, swimming, rowing, boating, cycling, and horse riding.

If you are visiting London it would be best to stay in a Hotel Near Hyde Park as you would be located in the heart of the city close to most attractions and places of interest so that you will be able to save on your commuting time.

St James’s Park: It is without any doubt the prettiest park in London as it offers spectacular colourful flowerbeds and a superbly beautiful lake with lots of ducks and geese. It has a strate3gic location close to Big Ben and Trafalgar Square and is bordered by Horse Guards Parade and The Mall. From its bridge you can take excellent photos of Buckingham Palace. The lake has two islands: West Island and Duck Island. One of its salient features has been a resident colony of pelicans since they were donated by a Russian ambassador in 1664.

Tourists and other visitors to London prefer to stay at Park Grand Paddington Court Accommodation because they find it to be located close to most attractions as well as to Paddington station which offers convenient links to most places of London.

Primrose Hill: Located at a height of 203 feet north of Regent’s Park, it is an ideal place to get spectacular views of many important landmarks such as the London Zoo and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. The city skyline looks magnificent from top of the hill. It offers many amenities including an outdoor gym, a children’s playground, and toilets which are all located on the south side near Primrose Hill Bridge which connects to London Zoo and Regent’s Park.

Regent’s Park: It is one of the Royal Parks of London and lies within north-west London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden. The Regent’s University London and the London Zoo are located in this park. It is Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. It offers some truly attractive rose beds and wonderful landscaping. It also has a boating lake with ducks and geese. Many performances take place at the bandstand during the summer. You can also see plays at the Open Air Theatre. You can have a wonderful time by taking a canal boat ride from Camden to Little Venice.

Staying at Paddington Court Executive is a great experience as you can enjoy luxurious accommodation along with the best of facilities and personalised services. It is also ideal for business travellers as it offers suitable conference and meeting facilities.

Kensington Gardens: Lying adjacent to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens is located on the other side of the Serpentine Lake. It is home to many famous attractions such as Kensington Palace where Queen Victoria and Princess Diana used to stay, the Round Pond and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. The Serpentine Galleries and Albert Memorial are also located in the park.

Holland Park: Located east of Kensington, this is one of the less famous parks but it offers some of the most beautiful flower gardens in London. In the summer, it is famous for its open-air opera. The once-spectacular Holland House that was half-destroyed by bombings during World War II is also located in the park.

Green Park: Located ideally bordering Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly and Wellington Arch, It offers mainly green grass, trees and a few rolling slopes. It has nothing more to offer except that it is an ideal place to have your lunch.

Greenwich Park: Walking through this park and climbing up the hill is not an easy task but once you reach the top, you can have spectacular views stretching from The O2 to the City. The park also offers the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum, which are two of London’s important attraction.

Hampstead Heath: Offering a large rumbling, rolling hill, this park is an ideal place to stretch out on the lush green grass. It is located north of central London and it can be reached by taking a short train journey. The park also offers Kenwood House where you can see a collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Vermeer and Stubbs. From top of Parliament hill, you can get fantastic views of the city.

Highgate Cemetery: You will be mesmerised by what you will see if you take a guided tour of Highgate Cemetery as you will be transported back in time to a spooky, spiritual world when you see the overgrown tombs and Victorian headstones. The architecture on display is simply superb and monumental and they were home to some famous people such as Michael Faraday and Lucian Freud.

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