If you fancy having a sit-down and doing a bit of people-watching, or topping up your tan in one of London's Royal parks (unlikely in London!), then how how about hiring a deckchair? It's quite a nice way to wile away an hour while having your lunch. Note: Deckchairs are only available between March and October, weather permitting.
The prettiest parks are definitely St. James's Park and Regent's Park, which both have pretty views and some ducks and geese by the water (although St. James's Park is probably the best, as it's more central). They also both have cafes where you can buy a cup of tea. You can hire deckchairs in Hyde Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens, but they aren't as pretty.
St. James's Park -- the deckchair area can be found on the patch of grass between the Mall and the lake, close to the Inn the Park restaurant. This park is close to Trafalgar Square, Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace, so there are plenty of places to visit afterwards. Maybe you could time it so you can see the Changing the Guard parade beforehand? Read Craig's review of St James's Park, and feel free to ask him some questions.
Regent's Park -- the deckchair area is between the lake and Queen Mary's Gardens. Maybe you can spend the rest of the day at London Zoo? Madame Tussauds and the Sherlock Holmes Museum are only a short walk away. Or how about climbing to the top of Primrose Hill for a fantastic view of London's skyline? Have a read of Craig's review of Regent's Park before you decide, because it has lots of handy info.
Hyde Park -- the deckchairs are on the north and south sides of the Serpentine, and also to the west of Marble Arch. Craig has been to Hyde Park many times, and if you're feeling energetic then you might like a long walk around the lake. You could also drop in at Speakers' Corner and see if there are any speeches taking place.
Green Park -- the deckchairs are in the corner closest to Green Park tube station. This is quite a plain park, and there's not much to see inside (read Craig's review). But it is very close to Buckingham Palace, Apsley House and the posh shops on Piccadilly.
Kensington Gardens -- the deckchairs can be found on the south side of the Round Pond, close to Kensington Palace. The Albert Memorial is worth a look at as well. Read Craig's review of Kensington Gardens for some more picture of the landmarks in the park.
Guest – “What a lovely way to spend a day in the park!”
> 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 arou… continued”
Get a closer look at the Albert Memorial – First Sun of the month (Mar to Dec only) – Go inside the Albert Memorial's railings and see one of London's finest looking monuments from up close
Listen to a speech at Speakers’ Corner – Every Sun (around noon) – Visit Speakers' Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech.
Sunday football on Hackney Marshes – Every Sun – Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.
Be a zoo keeper for a day at London Zoo – Mon to Fri – Sign-up to be a zoo-keeper at London Zoo for a day and get close to the animals and help to feed them and muck them out
Volunteer to help out at Spitalfields City Farm – Every day – 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?
Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake – 1 Apr to 31 Oct 2019 – Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine, or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 2 to 7 Jul 2019 – The annual RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show takes place in the grounds of Henry VIII's Tudor Palace.
If you enjoy St. James’s Park then you might like to visit Green Park (you can walk it 10 mins), Hyde Park (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from St James’s Park to Marble Arch), Kensington Gardens (catch the train from St James’s Park to Queensway) and Regent’s Park (catch the train from St James’s Park to Regents Park)
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