Exploring London’s Outdoors

One of the greenest cities of the world, having a large proportion of its total area in the form of parks, private gardens, public squares, hidden green squares and plenty of open green spaces to relax, London is a unique city that presents 47 percent of its total area as green spaces despite the fact that it is a large cosmopolitan city with a large population and an important business hub of Europe. Residents and visitors can find plenty of places to relax, take a gentle stroll, do some exercise and get close to nature.

Hyde Park: It is central London’s largest park where you can easily get lost. It offers something for everyone in the form of leisure activities such as walking through its wide open spaces, boating, rowing or pedalling on the Serpentine Lake, horse riding, playing a game of tennis or swimming in the lake. The park along with its adjoining Kensington Gardens offers many attractions such as Kensington Palace where Prince William and Kate live, two free art galleries as well as the Princess Diana Memorial Playgrounds and Fountain for children and the statue of Peter Pan. Many open air concerts take place in the park which also features the famous Speakers’ Corner where many prominent people have aired their views and anyone can speak.

Regent’s Park: Located centrally in London, this park offers wonderful ornamental gardens and plenty of grassy areas for picnics. Nearly 100 acres of the park has been set aside for games making it London’s largest open area for sports. The park also offers boating lakes, where visitors can hire a pedalo or rowing boat, and water fowl lakes where resident and migrating birds live. The famous London Zoo is also located in the park which becomes lively and radiant in summer when the ever popular open air theatre season starts. The park’s rose gardens are great for having some fresh air and enjoying the heady scent of 12,000 roses! Around the park, you can find several cafes. You can also see the wonderful cream terraces of buildings circling the park, all owned by the Queen.

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St James’s Park: Connecting Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade and creating a great way to walk between these two major attractions, St James’s Park is another lovely green space in central London that has The Mall along one side while St James’s Palace, Clarence House and Admiralty Arch are close enough to enjoy. The park also offers beautifully planted flower beds and a lovely lake which spreads over the full length of the park. You can see several pelicans In the lake, which were gifted from the Russian Ambassador in 1664 and ever since then, they have survived with a second breed added in 2013, courtesy of the city of Prague. The park is an ideal place to relax after a hectic sightseeing spree.

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Richmond Park: A little far from the heart of London, Richmond Park is a lovely open space, full of ancient trees, and many small roads running through it, for cars and cycles. The Park is famous for being home to herds of over 600 Red and Fallow deer. Visitors to the park can enjoy seeing them close up but they should not get too close to disturb them. The largest of the Royal Parks, it was set up as a walled deer hunting park by King Charles 1 in the 1600s. One of its main features is the Isabella Plantation, ornamental woodland gardens and ponds where you can find many birds. The park is also ideal for taking long walks.

The Thames Path National Trail: Although this urban walking trail is 294 kilometres long, it is only feasible to walk parts of it such as the central section along the south bank of the River Thames which provides an ideal way to explore London as you will stroll past Tower Bridge, City Hall, The Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge, the National Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye. You will also be able to see the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Somerset House and the Houses of Parliament on the opposite side. You will also pass green spaces, street entertainers and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views, on your way.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew: Featuring immense glass houses and playing a crucial role in plant conservation for the planet, the Botanic Gardens are world famous. The Palm House is humid and was built in Victorian times for being home to the exotic plants brought back by explorers. There’s plenty more to explore including Kew Palace. Everywhere you look, you will find unusual and beautiful plants, some 250 year old trees, formal gardens, lakes and great walks. It also offers a cafe to refresh you and a shop to cater to your gardening needs.

The London Wetlands Centre: An important area for resident and migrating birds, this urban oasis is an ideal place for you to sit quietly and see how many bird species you can spot. You must visit the otter pool where feeding time evokes their delightful play. You can take board walks to go around and have a decent walk to enjoy the wildlife and the varied plants.

Trafalgar Square: It is a great place to explore in the heart of London and to start sightseeing of the surrounding areas that are full of attractions. The Square is home to Nelson’s Column and the famous lions which you can climb on for a great photo op. Its open spaces are used for all kinds of events.

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