London's major parks

From Hyde Park to Hampstead Heath, we've got London's greatest green spaces covered

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One of the best things about London is its abundance of open spaces. What's more, spending the day exploring the city's majestic parks is absolutely free. Click through to read more about each park and the sports, music, theatre and family events taking place there. You're sure to find the perfect spot, whether you're up for a wander or a picnic, want to burn some calories or simply kick back and let nature revitalise you.

The biggest and best open spaces in London

Hyde Park

London's most famous park is justly popular

  1. W2 4RU
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Regent's Park

The home of London Zoo, but its attractions don't stop there

  1. Chester Rd, NW1 4NR
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Hampstead Heath

North London's greatest green gem

  1. East Heath Road, NW3 1TH
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Green Park

Simple and to the point, Green Park does what it says on the label

  1. Piccadilly, W1J 9DZ
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St James's Park

Royal connections abound at Buckingham Palace's neighbouring park

  1. The Mall/Birdcage Walk/Horse Guards Parade, SW1A 2BJ
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Victoria Park

A great East London expanse and wonderful for kids

  1. Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
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Battersea Park

So full of variety it's impossible not to stumble upon something new each time you visit

  1. Queenstown Rd, SW11 4NJ
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Greenwich Park

Panoramic views and fantastic museums

  1. Park Row, SE10 8XJ
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Kensington Gardens

A corner of Hyde Park that's great for children

  1. W2 2UH
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Clapham Common

South west London's hugely popular open space

  1. Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE
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Holland Park

One of the city's most beautiful green spaces

  1. Ilchester Place, W8 6LU
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Richmond Park

The largest of the Royal Parks, housing hundreds of deer

  1. Kings Rd, Surrey, TW10 5HS
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5 comments
toby
toby

all the parks are rubbish

Nadine Hanwell
Nadine Hanwell

London has the most beautiful parks - I have written about park life and it's people in West London. Holland Park, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are featured. "Nadine Who?... and a dog called Shoe" - a little life in London has just been published.

dom
dom

Richmond Park is amazing if you are only going to see one. Hyde Park is the famous one and is central - it's also the same park as Kensington Gardens, just a different entrance, so you can do both of those in one. Same with St James (my favourite for the central ones) and Green park - they are right next to each other so you can just walk through both. If you are visiting Buckingham Palace, you are already there.

luisa
luisa

please consider to have very short time to spend so help me and suggest me which is the best park to see..... make a sort of ranking.... your suggestion would be appreciated...

Jessica Reid
Jessica Reid

If you're thinking about visiting any of London's fantastic parks between 25 July and 2 August make sure you have a look at www.loveparksweek.org.uk - there are hundreds of free events taking place in parks throughout the country.

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