If there’s one thing I didn’t expect when I travelled solo to London for the first time, it was that I would get to enjoy so much sunshine in a city nicknamed ‘The Big Smoke’. I mean, I’d known that there were numerous outdoor parks in London, I just didn’t expect them to be so big. And everywhere. The city treated me well during my three weeks there with only one day of rain (!) and y’know what they say: sun’s out, bun’s out (but not really lol)! In this post, I’ll be recounting my encounters with four outdoor parks in London I recommend you to visit too.
Some of these outdoor parks in London might not necessarily be an ‘outdoor park’ in definition, but for convenience’s sake, I’m grouping my favourite open-air spaces together. On a side note: I also went to a humble little farm called Hackey City Farm, which I didn’t include in this round-up, but if you’re a lover of animals, it’s a heck of a cute place you must check out!
When it comes to the most famous of outdoor parks in London, Hyde Park takes home the prize. As one of the largest parks in the city, it covers 625 acres when you factor in its contingous neighbour, Kensington Gardens . I loved every aspect of London but my favourite day(s) during my three weeks abroad were undoubtedly the days I spent at Hyde Park. I got to see the amazing Serpentine Pavilion and Serpentine Summer Houses, as well as Zaha Hadid’s The Magazine – truly a dream come true for me.
London W2 2UH, UK
+44 300 061 2000
The Kew Gardens was not on my priority list for London but during my first few days in the city, my friend Erica and her boyfriend suggested visiting as they had rented a car for the day anyway. The park did not disappoint. If you love plants and flowers, you definitely have to go. My favourite parts of Kew Gardens were The Hive, a giant architectural structure (are you surprised?) resembling a beehive, and the Princess of Wales Conservatory, a public glasshouse filled with cacti.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE, UK
+44 20 8332 5655
While the Kew Gardens wasn’t a priority of mine to visit, I had at least acknowledged it’s existence before flying. Greenwich Park wasn’t even on my list. I stumbled across it on my way to the Greenwich Royal Observatory, but it came as a pleasant surprise. In the end, I was too stingy to actually get tickets into the observatory (um, lol), but I did enjoy a great day in the sunshine at the park and also in the rest of Greenwich. My short-lived museum visit turned out to be a lovely mini-day trip enjoying the greenery.
London SE10 8XJ, UK
+44 300 061 2000
Mayfield Lavender Farm
“How did you even find this place?”
That was the question Erica asked as she drove us to Mayfield Lavender Farm. We were on the rental car, with her boyfriend in the passenger seat, and I was biting through an apricot we’d bought at Tesco’s the night before. I couldn’t answer her question. The truth was, I’d just happened across it while scrolling through Instagram. Even though it wasn’t prime season, I had to see the endless lavender field for myself – I mean, just look at the photos! Mayfield Lavender Farm is the perfect half-day spot for anyone obsessed with taking the perfect Instagram picture. 😉
Mayfield Lavender Farm
1 Carshalton Road, Banstead SM7 3JA, UK
+44 75 03 877707
There are many more outdoor parks in London to count, but these four spots were definitely my favourites for enjoying the weather when it was nice out. I might’ve been blessed with a lucky spell of no rain during my time in the city, but London is, no doubt, always rainy or cloudy – all the more reason to embrace the open-air when Mr. Sun comes out to play! Let me know in the comments which of the outdoor parks in London is your favourite!
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