Parks and gardens in London

Here is our guide to London’s best parks and gardens… from the expanse of Hyde Park and flower beds of Regent’s Park, to the atmospheric cemeteries from Victorian times.

Outdoor spaces in London

> Battersea Park
Battersea Park has a children’s zoo and Peace Pagoda, with a twenty-foot tall golden Buddha.
> Brompton Cemetery
Brompton Cemetery is one of the finest burial grounds in London, home to Emmeline Pankhurst.
> Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 as a place to study medicinal plants and herbs.
> Green Park
Green Park is edged by Wellington Arch, Constitution Hill, and Buckingham Palace to the south.
> Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park is home to the Queen’s House, Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum.
> Hampstead Heath
The heath has Kenwood House and Boadicea’s Mound. Climb Parliament Hill for great views.
> Highgate Cemetery
Highgate Cemetery is one of the finest burial grounds in London, home to Karl Marx and Dickens.
> Holland Park
Holland Park, near Kensington Palace, is one of London’s loveliest, and least known parks.
> Hyde Park
Hyde Park is famous for the Serpentine and Speaker’s Corner – a place for public debate.
> Kensington Gardens
The gardens originally formed part of the palace grounds, but were opened to the public in 1841.
> Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are also home to Kew Palace – the country home of King George III.
> Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill stands north of Regent’s Park, and boasts some of the finest views of London.
> Regent’s Park
Regent’s Park is home to a zoo and London’s loveliest river-trip. Take a canal boat to Little Venice.
> St. James’s Park
London’s most prestigious park – St. James’s is bordered by the Mall and Buckingham Palace.

Outdoor events in London

Where:Speakers’ Corner, London
Listen to a speech at Speakers' Corner, where the public can discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech.

Where:Little Venice, Paddington
Have a nice walk around Little Venice, past all the pretty houseboats, and stop for a cup of tea in one of the nice cafes.

Where:Highgate Cemetery, Highgate
Have a guided tour around Highgate Cemetery, and enjoy one of the most atmospheric and historic cemeteries in London.

Where:Primrose Hill, Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill is a lot higher than it looks, and boasts one of the finest views of the London skyline from anywhere in the city.

Where:Spitalfields City Farm, Spitalfields
Spitalfields City Farm is a nice place to take your kids, but did you know that you can volunteer to help out on the farm?

Where:Parliament Hill, Hampstead
Enjoy London's skyline from the top of Parliament Hill, which takes in the Gherkin, London Eye, St Paul's and Canary Wharf.

Where:Hackney Marshes, Hackney
Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.

Where:St. James’s Park, St. James’s Park
Have a nice, relaxing sit-down and doing a bit of people-watching in one of London's Royal parks, by hiring out a deckchair.

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