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.

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Top 10 parks in London Here’s our list of the ten best public parks and open spaces in London. They’re all great places for a walk or sitting down for a spot of lunch.Richmond Park
St. James’s Park
Highgate Cemetery
Sky Garden
Kew Gardens
Hampton Court Palace
Wisley Gardens
London Wetland Centre
Regent’s Park
Parliament Hill

Recommendations Craig recommends… Regent’s Park has got a good view into London Zoo, and St. James’s Park has a great one of Buckingham Palace across the lake. The best view is from the top of the Sky Garden.

Battersea Park

Battersea Park has got a boating lake, a Peace Pagoda, a Children’s Zoo with monkeys and farmyard animals, and a view of the Royal Hospital across the river.

Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery has some fine tombs and is overgrown in places, but still rather picturesque. 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 cafe for a cup of tea.

Garden Museum

The Garden Museum is housed inside the deconsecrated church of St. Mary-at-Lambeth, and contains the grave of Captain Bligh (from Mutiny on the Bounty).

Green Park

Green Park is the plainest park in London, with no flower beds whatsoever, but it’s conveniently 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 in the east.

Greenwich Park

This park is home to the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory. You can also enjoy a fantastic view of London’s skyline from the top of Greenwich Hill.

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is home to Kenwood House, has some boating and bathing ponds, and a celebrated view of London’s skyline from the summit of Parliament Hill.

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate’s wild west cemetery is one of the most atmospheric places in the whole of London, whilst its eastern half has some great tombs including that of Karl Marx.

Holland Park

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

Hyde Park

This vast park in the centre of London has a bandstand, cafes and a man-made lake. The world-famous Speakers’ Corner can be found close to Marble Arch.

Kensington Gardens

This Royal park boasts Kensington Palace on its western edge, the Serpentine Gallery, plus 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, an art gallery, and the remains of George III’s Kew Palace.

London Wetland Centre

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

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill gives you a distant 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, but there are some interesting memorial plaques at the back that remember people who gave their lives for others.

Primrose Hill

A short walk from Regent’s Park is Primrose Hill, where you can enjoy a fine view of London Zoo, the Square Mile, and the skyscrapers at Canary Wharf.

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

A concrete river that babbles happily away on the south-side of Hyde Park, and a popular place for families to take their kids on a sunny afternoon.

Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park has an impressive rose garden, huge 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 herds of wild deer roaming free, the Pen Ponds, the beautiful gardens of the Isabella Plantation, and a distant view of London.

St. James’s Park

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

Victoria Embankment Gardens

A small garden between The Strand and the Embankment with a bandstand, cafe, and the historic York Water Gate.

Wisley Gardens

Wisley’s Royal Horticultural Society Garden contains sixty acres of wild gardens, decorative gardens and tropical glasshouses, and a huge arboretum.
 
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