London’s major parks
Don't miss out on the city's parklife when the weather’s good
Gulp down that fresh air and soak up the best alfresco dining, outdoor activities and lush green spaces London has to offer
We get it there are lots of fabulous, world-famous things going on indoors in London (see the city’s renowned theatre, bar and club scene, brilliant cinemas and award-wining eateries), but we’re here to tell you there’s plenty going on outdoors too.
In fact, did you know that there’s so much greenery in London it’s actually classed as a national park city, that means there’s a whole lot of verdant oases to explore from flower-filled parks and sandy beaches to picturesque walks and outdoor swimming spots. And you don’t have to miss out on your culture fix if you want to be under the blue (sorry, more likely overcast) skies. From alfresco restaurants and beer gardens, to open-air cinemas and outdoor theatre, you can sample with a breeze in your hair.
So what are you waiting for? You, outside - now!
Still can't decide where to spend the day? Check out our video of ten of the best parks and gardens in London.
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