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Gardens & Parks in London

Hyde Park

Humongous Hyde Park used to be a royal hunting ground, was once a venue for duels, executions and horse racing, and even became a giant potato field during WWII. It is now a place of fresh air, spring colour, lazy sunbathers and boaters on the Serpentine. Features of the park include sculptures by Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore and the Serpentine Gallery, which holds temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

Near Marble Arch, Speaker's Corner started life in 1872 as a response to serious riots. Every Sunday anyone with a soapbox - or anything else to stand on - can rant or ramble on about anything at all.

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens is an extension of Hyde Park and covers an area of 275 acres. One of the main attractions of the garden is the Boating Pond where locals try out there model boats. Kensington Gardens is an ideal place to escape from it all as it is relatively quiet and you can watch the thriving wildlife on a summers evening.
Nearest tube: High St. Kensington

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens, in Richmond, Surrey, is both a beautiful park and an important botanical research centre. There's a vast expanse of lawn and formal gardens and two soaring Victorian conservatories - the Palm House and the Temperate House - which are home to exotic plant life. It's one of the most visited sights on the London tourist agenda, which means that it can get very crowded, especially in the summer. And with nearby Heathrow continuously spitting out jets, there isn't much chance of total peace and quiet.

Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park has been enclosed since 1433 and is London's oldest royal park. The park covers 183 acres and has something for all the family including red and fallow deer in the deer park, a flower garden and a children's play ground. The park also has concerts on Sunday afternoons at the bandstand and Shakespeare performances in August.
Nearest tube: North Greenwich

Green Park

This park is a haven from all the hussle and bussle of Piccadilly and covers over 53 acres. Used in the 17th century for hunting and duels this park still has some of its old world charm. Green Park leads on to St. James Park, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace so it is often quiet, as people choose to visit one of the larger parks or the Palace.
Nearest Tube: Green Park

Regent's Park

The Regent's Park evolved from the 1811 plans of John Nash, Crown Architect and friend of The Prince Regent. To raise revenue for the Crown, he designed a private residential estate set in parkland. From the steep summit of Primrose Hill there are fine views of Westminster and the City. The area now open to the public is mainly open parkland which supports a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake with islands, a heronry and waterfowl collection, sports and catering, children's playgrounds and the Open Air Theatre. It also contains London Zoo and is the largest outdoor grass area for sports in central London.


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