Spotlight on the Parks in London

London is a study in contrasts with high-rise buildings and an urban concrete jungle in sharp contrast to a preponderance of green spaces to the extent of covering nearly 47% of the total area of the metropolis. It is indeed very refreshing to have such a large scale of open spaces that have been taken up by eight Royal Parks and Gardens as well as other parks. The other salient feature is that many of these parks are located in the heart of the city. Given below are some of the more important parks.

Richmond Park:

Just 30 minutes away from central London, this 2,500-acre park is the largest Royal Park in the capital and the nearest tube is Richmond Station. It is surrounded by a tall brick wall with many gates. It is best to enter through the Richmond Gate and go to King Henry’s Mound where you can get a spectacular view of the city right up to St Paul’s Cathedral. The places worth seeing include the Deer Park and the Isabella Plantation where you can see azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias. Charles I was responsible for the enclosure and the introduction of deer. It is indeed a peaceful retreat and a sanctuary for stressed-out Londoners.

Hyde Park:

Located right in the centre of London, this 350-acre Royal Park is the most popular green space both fro Londoners as well as for visitors. The nearest tube is Knightsbridge station. It is contiguous with Kensington Gardens and together they offer a large number of leisure activities such as relaxing or picnicking on its lush green meadows, walking, running, horse riding, cycling, rollerblading, bowling, putting and tennis. The park is also home to many attractions such as the Speakers’ Corner, Serpentine Lake, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, Peter Pan Statue, Kensington Palace, Serpentine SolarShuttle and Serpentine Galleries. It also offers two cafes – The Lido Cafe and Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. Free guided walks, concerts and children’s entertainment are available and other events such as British Summer Time, Green day, and Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time take place regularly at the park.

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Regent’s Park:

Covering 410 acres, this park was designed by John Nash and the nearest tube is Regent’s Park Station. Located in the heart of the city, this huge, thriving green expanse consists of two circular areas – inner and outer circles – with the path being bordered by magnificent, absolutely white stucco terraced houses that were also designed by Nash. For Henry VIII, it was his favourite hunting ground but Nash was commissioned by the Prince Regent, who later became King George VI in the early 19th century to design the present park. It offers the London Zoo, an open-air theatre, a bandstand, large boating lake, a big mosque and 100-acre sports field. The rest of the park is vast open parkland with formal, landscaped gardens. Primrose Hill on the north side of the park is an ideal place to get some spectacular views over Westminster and the City. Quite a few events take place at the park such as Regent Park 5K and Taste of London.

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Wimbledon Common:

Presenting 1140 acres of wild common on the edge of London, this park is near Wimbledon tube station and it gives an endearing village feel. It is mostly an open heath and woodland area that extends over two miles with rambling paths and bridleways. Most of the park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. In its well-established woods, you can find plenty of stag beetles. The park also features a windmill dating from 1817 which is now a small museum, as well as a number of pubs. It is an ideal place for taking a stroll, relaxing or for a gentle horse-ride.

Bushy Park:

With the nearest tube being Hounslow Central Station, this is the second largest of the Royal Parks with an area of 1100 acres. It appears to be a vast, rural expanse but it also has an interesting past as it was a settlement for over 4,000 years as is proved by certain items that have been excavated here such as a Bronze Age burial mound and barrow. There are traces of medieval field boundaries that had existed before Henry VIII had created a huge deer-hunting ground. It also served as agricultural land for growing food during the World Wars and also as the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force. In its surroundings is the River Longford that flows leisurely through the park. It is basically a great place to go out in the open, take a walk and watch the sun set behind the horizon. Its main features includes the Chestnut Avenue which is flanked by majestic rows of hose chestnut trees on either side leading to the majestic Diana Fountain. The park offers three ponds and facilities for sports such as rugby, football, horse-riding and hockey.

Hampstead Heath:

Covering 790 acres, this is the wildest park in London with the nearest tube being Hampstead Station. It offers many wonderful features such as large fields, long grass, woods and ponds. It is the ideal place to relax in the lap of nature in North London. This large park is always full of picnickers, cyclists, families and other visitors who love to explore its copses, hills and mounds.

The other important parks include Victoria Park,  Battersea Park, Greenwich Park, Brockwell Park, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Wood, St James’s Park, Holland Park, Green Park, Waterloo Park, Cannizaro Park and others.

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