England is a green place, with huge fields spread across the country. It is very common for us to watch a British series or film in which a scene takes place in the countryside, parks or gardens. Who saw Bridget Jones’s Diary? Alice in Wonderland? Downton Abbey? Who heard the Beatles sing “Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun” in I Am The Walrus? It’s something very connected to British culture.
And of course, London is a green city, one of the greenest metropolises I’ve ever seen. All over the streets and neighborhoods, the British capital is full of small and large gardens and parks. From super famous places like Hyde Park, to lesser-known places like Primrose Hills, these are my favorite parks in London.
7 London gardens and parks
It is the oldest of London’s royal parks, it is next to The Mall, the avenue that connects Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace and maybe that’s why people are so enchanted by the palace already seen from a distance, that they give a ignored in the park.
St.James Park has a beautiful view of the back of Downing Street (post cover photo), London Eye, Big Ben tower and Parliament. But a super cool detail of this park and that most people pass by is the tree that was planted in 1996 by the then president of South Africa and maximum symbol of Apartheid, Nelson Mandela.
Just in front of St.James Park and right next to Buckingham Palace is Green Park. It has beautiful gates, in black iron with golden details. It is one of the most flowery, an area with many trees and immense lawns at the other end, close to the subway station that bears the same name as the park.
It is the most famous, most visited and most photographed. In comparison, Hyde Park is to London what Central Park is to New York and Ibirapuera Park is to São Paulo.
It’s where Brits go to sunbathe on their legs after the long winter months and where various music festivals and concerts take place in the summers.
Start your tour at Marble Arch or Wellington Arch if you come from the Buckingham Palace area, this is my favorite way to get to the park.
Close by in Hyde Park is the Kensington Gardens, in fact we don’t even notice when one ends and the other begins, so much so that the area was a continuation of Hyde Park until King William IV transformed the place into the gardens of Kensington Palace.
On the border between the two parks is the Princess Diana Memorial and not far from there the Prince Albert Memorial, in front of the Albert Hall, outside the gardens area.
A little north of this area of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is Regents Park and it was there that I once had the epic vision of Paul McCartney riding his bike and almost had a small heart attack. Of course, the eternal Beatle had two security guards and I would never interfere with his leisure, but there was no lack of will.
The landscaping of Regents Park is very reminiscent of French landscaping, it is one of the most beautiful parks in London.
This is a super quiet park, it is right next to Regents Park and as it is on a hill, it has a beautiful view of London. You can see the city (the city’s financial centre), the London Eye further afield and even the Kings Cross area.
From there, we can also see the most beautiful sunset in the city, with the green mass of Primrose, just below the Regents and the city in the background.
Kew Garden or Royal Botanic Gardens is already a little far from central London, on the southwest side of the city, but with easy access by train.
It is the largest botanical garden in the world, the place is still a world reference center in the study of botany. There are several greenhouses, buildings that house museums, collections and lots and lots of green areas.
How to get
All these London parks are accessible by tube or train. As many are next to each other, you can leave one park and enter the next park. Most of them have more than one station, just look at the map below to find the best option for you.
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