London has some of the best parks in the world – wide open spaces. Most are open during daylight hours, 7 days a week. You can bring food and drink into most, but please take all litter back with you.
Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
Just south of the River Thames, Battesea Park has a great farm/zoo that is ideal for young children. Clapham Common, Clapham SW4 7AJ
If you want to experience summer life with South London locals, then Clapham Common is the park for you.
Greenwich Park, Greenwich SE10 8QY
Down by the GMT line, Greenwich is a fascinating area of London, steeped in Maritime history. It also has a great market that’s at its best in the summer.
Hampstead Heath, London NW3 2TY
Hampstead Heath is one of the highest points in London and is quite hilly. There are some great woodlands and ponds to enjoy as well as a number of playgrounds for the kids. Kenwood House is joined and the stately home often has outdoor concerts in the summer.
Holland Park, London W11 3RB
A small but beautiful London park just by the bustling shopping of High Street Kensington. A great place to grab some quiet time in the summer.
Hyde Park, London W2 3XA
The most famous park in London, and filled with famous locations such as the Serpentine, Albert Memorial and Speakers Corner. In the summer Hyde Park teems with locals as well as tourists – and offers a range of activities from swimming to horse riding.
Kensington Gardens, Kensington W2
Adjoining Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens is considered to be the ‘posh’ end. It connects to Kensington Palace, once the home of Princess Diana, and also features the famous Peter Pan statue.
Primrose Hill, London NW1 8XL
Primrose Hill is a hill of 256 feet on the north side of Regent’s Park and also the name for the surrounding district. The hill has a clear view of Central London to the south-east, as well as Belsize Park and Hampstead to the north.
Regents Park, London NW1 5HA
One of London’s Royal Parks, Regent’s Park not only houses London Zoo, but offers many sports including Tennis, Netball, Athletics, Cricket, Softball, Rounders, Football, Hockey, Australian Rules Football, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee and Running.
Richmond Park, TW10 5HS
One of the largest parks in Europe, Richmond Park is not just full of great places to walk and rest in the summer, but the home to a significant quantity of free-roaming deer.
St. James Park, London SW1H 0QW
A well groomed park in the centre of London, just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. The park has a small lake, St. James’s Park Lake, with two islands, Duck Island (named for the lake’s collection of waterfowl), and West Island.
Wimbledon Common, London SW19 5NR
Famously home to the Wombles, Wimbledon Common is a large park in South West London. There are three distinct segments – Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath, and Putney Lower Common.