One of the reasons we love this city, is for its green spaces.
If you’ve always thought of London as the concrete jungle ‘across the pond,’ you’re just plain mistaken. The city of London has over 35,000 acres of dedicated public green space, which ends up being about 40% of the entire surface of the city. And the best part…? the parks in London are easily accessible and FREE.
So in this segment, take a stroll with us through one of the greenest cities in the world. Adding this to your itinerary is cost efficient and a perfect way to experience London like a local.
Visit Queen Mary’s colorful rose garden, pack a picnic, read a book, and relax. You can even pop on over to the London Zoo located at the north end of the park. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of champagne and make it up to Primrose Hill for a magnificent view of the city.
Check out this summertime hotspot with beautiful nature trails and wildlife that makes you feel as if you were in the countryside. This is the perfect spot if you like to go running or jogging and you can even go for a swim in the open-air ponds.
Here in Hyde Park you can find the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain as well as the famous “Speaker’s Corner.” If you happen to be in London during the summer and love live music, then check out the events in Hyde Park. We had the opportunity to see Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, and Beirut. Amazing.
Located next to Buckingham palace, Green Park is an ideal location amidst the hustle and bustle of tourists on the streets. Although it is probably one of the busiest parks, it is still a peaceful getaway in the center of the city. Maple and Black Poplar trees line the walkways and yellow daffodils brighten the park during the springtime.
While in London, we spent many sunny afternoons in Russell Square. This is located in the heart of Bloomsbury and is just a short walk from the British Museum. There are green squares throughout London and they certainly are a great characteristic to the city.
Take the tube out of central London and into Zone 3 for a visit to Kew Gardens. The Royal Botanical Gardens contain a large variety of plants and flowers. We recommend that you plan to spend the majority of your day here because there is so much to see. We spent over 5 hours in Kew Gardens and still weren’t able to see everything. We also recommend that you bring your own lunch because the restaurants in the garden can be pretty pricey. Bring a small blanket, so that you can have a picnic and of course, an afternoon nap. Check out the events page before planning your trip to Kew Gardens. They usually have concerts or an open-air cinema during the summertime – 15 GBP for an adult ticket and 14 GBP for a student ticket with valid ID.