Parks and gardens in London

The two prettiest parks in London are Regent’s Park and St. James’s Park. Serious gardeners should try Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. You can enjoy fine view of London from the top of Primrose Hill and Greenwich Hill. Walkers might like to take their dog across Richmond Park.

Recommendations Craig recommends… Regent’s Park has a good view into London Zoo, and St. James’s Park has a great view of Buckingham Palace across the lake.

Battersea Park

Battersea Park has a boating lake, a kid’s zoo with monkeys and farmyard animals, and a fine view of the Chelsea Royal Hospital across the river.

Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery has some fine tombs and is rather overgrown in places. Its most famous grave is the Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

Chelsea Physic Garden

This garden focuses on plants used for food, perfumes, aromatherapy and medicines. It also has a pretty rockery and a nice cafe.

Garden Museum

Housed inside the deconsecrated church of St. Mary-at-Lambeth, this museum contains the grave of Captain Bligh (from Mutiny on the Bounty).

Green Park

Green Park is one of the plainest parks in London with no flower beds at all, but it’s close to Buckingham Palace and the shops along Piccadilly.

Greenwich Hill

The view from the top of Greenwich Hill takes in the entire span of London from the City skyscrapers in the west all the way round to the O2 Arena.

Greenwich Park

Home to the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory. You can also enjoy a fantastic view of London’s skyline from the top of the hill.

Hampstead Heath

Home to Kenwood House, some boating and bathing ponds, and a celebrated view of London’s skyline from the summit of Parliament Hill.

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate is one of the most atmospheric places in the whole of London, and its eastern half has some famous tombs including that of Karl Marx.

Holland Park

Holland House is a Jacobean mansion that was bombed during the war. The park contains lots of sports fields and a pretty Japanese Garden.

Hyde Park

This vast park in the centre of London has a bandstand, cafes, a man-made lake, and the world-famous Speakers’ Corner in the northeast corner.

Kensington Gardens

This Royal park boasts Kensington Palace on its western edge, the Serpentine Gallery, and the very ornate Albert Memorial opposite the Royal Albert Hall.

Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens has one of the largest plant collections in the world. It also has a Palm House and the remains of George III’s Kew Palace.

London Wetland Centre

The London Wetland Centre is a wild land full of reeds and marshes, and has some professional hides if you’re interested in birdwatching.

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill gives you a view of the London skyline from Big Ben and Parliament in the west, all the way round to the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.

Postman’s Park

A small garden nestled amongst some offices with some interesting memorial plaques that remember people who gave their lives to save others.

Primrose Hill

Five minutes walk from Regent’s Park is a great view of London Zoo, the Square Mile, and Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers from the top of Primrose Hill.

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

This concrete river on the south-side of Hyde Park is a popular place for families to take their kids on a sunny afternoon.

Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park has a pretty rose garden, a boating lake, an open-air theatre, and views into London Zoo’s cages along the edge of Regent’s Canal.

Richmond Park

Richmond Park is a walker’s paradise with the Pen Ponds, the beautiful gardens of the Isabella Plantation, and herds of wild deer roaming free.

St. James’s Park

Stand on the central bridge for a great photo of Buckingham Palace, and then turn around for one of the fountain and turrets beyond Horse Guards.

Wisley Gardens

The Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley contains sixty acres of wild gardens, decorative gardens, glasshouses, and a huge arboretum.
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Craig’s review of St. James's Park The big lake in St. James's Park is famous for its ducks and geese, herons, pelicans and swans... and pigeons, of course. Wherever there is bread, you can bet your life there will be pigeons. And there's definitely a lot of bread on this lake because old ladies are forever throwing it in the water. I'm sitting here watching a flock of birds scrapping and flapping around the feet of… continued
Craig’s review of Garden Museum I'm not really into gardening. I'm more into concrete, so my big interest in this museum is the church it's housed inside. The original one was Edward the Confessor-era, and sat alongside the gatehouse of Lambeth Palace. When the Archbishop of Canterbury started using it as his local it became one of the most prestigious in town, and ended up with 26,000 burials in the walls and vau… continued
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