Green Park

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Green Park
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The green, triangle-shaped expanse of leafy land just beyond the Ritz is Green Park. Penned in at two corners by St James's Park and Hyde Park, it was enclosed by Charles II in 1668 as a hunting ground before opening to the public in 1826. Today, the mini park plays host to lunching commuters and tourists in almost equal measure; the latter often found to be lounging on Green Park's alluring stripy deckchairs before being stung with a small fee by the roaming ticket man. There's not a great deal to see or do in the park (other than a small kiosk) but it's the central locaton of Green Park, rather than attractions, that make it so appealing.

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tastemaker

One of my favourite parks in London, I've been recently and I agree with other reviewers it is often overlooked. This makes it a great haven of tranquillity and I always tend to find more peace than other London parks which are often filled with tourists and have sports games on evenings and weekends. A great place to relax, read a book, have a picnic or simply take in the lovely scenery. 

tastemaker

I would say Green Park is an underrated London park. Tucked away in St Jame's, near bustling Picaddily, Buckingham Palace and a stones throw from Victoria, it is often overlooked. I think tourists tend to flock to the nearby Hyde Park or venture further afield to Richmond or Regent's Park. Green Park is a relatively small place, with just the one food hut and a selection of deckchairs to hire, but it's a little oasis. Great for picnics on sunny evenings, drinks after work or an impromptu exercise class, you'll spot lots of locals hanging out here.

Tastemaker

Nothing makes me smile more after work on a beautiful day than to get off the Victoria line and wander through Green Park toward Victoria station. It's not the cleanest, but it's flat and big enough to find your own space.

tastemaker

Green park is often underestimated as it is the only royal park without a body of water or play park, nor does it have formal flower beds, rumour has it Charles the II's wife Catherine found him picking flowers for his mistress and ordered the removal of all the flower beds. What it does have however, is around 250 thousand daffodils that bloom very shortly every year in Spring, as well as being home to Britain's rarest native timber trees the Black Poplar so definitely worth a visit. 

Tastemaker

This often forgotten park is quite nice for a meander. It does feel like you are stepping into a beacon of calm- it is mostly frequented by tourists due to its proximity to big attractions. And the fact most locals if in the area would probably go to St James park (prettier) or Hyde Park- larger less touristy. 


But from time to time it is nice to step away from the buz of London and forget it all to relax here. 

Tastemaker

I used to live in the vicinity (lucky me, how times have changed!) and I would often run around Green Park. It's not the biggest, and as Kate (below) says, it's not the tidiest but it's super leafy - lots of trees, lots of grass, and it's a real haven from the buzz of central London. I hope it never changes! 


I love Green Park. It is not the most beautiful park or the tidiest. But, it is close to my work's HQ and is the perfect place to unwind and relax.