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Our guide to London: Green Space

Regent’s Park

Home to London Zoo and an open-air theatre, Regent’s Park is surrounded by John Nash’s classical terraces.

Hyde Park

Central London’s largest green area features cafes, fountains, flower gardens and Speakers’ Corner.

 

St. James’s Park

This is the oldest of the royal parks having been drained and enclosed for hunting purposes by Henry VIII.  It was landscaped by Nash in the 1820s and today its tree-lined lake is a favourite picnic spot for the civil servants of Whitehall.

Kensington Gardens

A continuation of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens is home to the Princess Diana Memorial Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Palace where Princess Diana lived until her death in 1997 and the High Gothic Albert Memorial.

Green Park

Covering 47 acres and lying between Hyde Park and St. James’s Park, Green Park consists of wooded meadows and is a peaceful refuge for people living, working or visiting central London.

Greenwich Park

Covering over 180 acres of grassland providing a home for deer, foxes and birds and commanding fine views over the River Thames, Isle of Dogs and City of London.

Holland Park

The former grounds of a Jacobean mansion (only the east wing still stands).  Theatrical and musical performances are staged here throughout the summer and several formal gardens surround the house notably the Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens.

Hampstead Heath

North London’s “green lung”, Hampstead Heath provides 800 acres of greenery overlooking the city.  At its

southern end are the rolling green pastures of Parliament Hill, London’s premier spot for kite-flying.  There are also numerous ponds three of which you can swim in.  The West Heath is covered by woodland.

Richmond Park

A former hunting ground of Henry VIII, Richmond covers an area of 2,350 acres and is by far the largest Royal Park.