London has numerous parks waiting for the visitors. Tours to parks are an essential part of London guided tours. The best way preferred to spend a summer afternoon in London is to spend the time in a park. Here are the best seven parks in London.
- Richmond Park: This is the park well known for bike ride. One can ride his own bike or can hire one from the hire centre near Roehampton Gate. This park is also a home to 630 red and fallow deer in many stables.
- Crystal Palace Park: This park is famous for the dinosaur statues which are said to be more than 150 years old. It attracts the kids and also those who are kids at heart. It is an ideal place for family to spend some time together. There are also children’s play area, maze and farm and boats which can be hired for rowing in the lake. The Crystal Palace Sports Centre building is in the centre which has beach volleyball courts, athletics stadium and a 50m swimming pool.
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: This is the newest park in the city which keeps the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It has 568 acres of lawns, meadows and wetlands. It also has Aquatics centre and Velodrome, the world class sporting facilities. Also the world’s longest tunnel slide is in the Orbit tower inside the park.
- Hampstead Heath: It houses the wild and sprawling stretch of grass and woodland which makes the visitor forget that he is in the city. The three ponds known as the Hampstead Ponds – a group of three fresh water swimming ponds are also main attractions of the park.
- Postman’s Park: This is a small park situated right in centre of the busiest part of the city and is mostly overlooked by many people. It is situated very close to the St. Paul’s Cathedral and is home to Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice built in memory of those who gave their lives to help others. The beautiful shady garden in the park provides a peaceful atmosphere to the visitors.
- St. James’s Park: This is one of the best green areas in central London which offers a perfect atmosphere for a gentle jog. The lakes, fountains and beautifully tended gardens provide a blissful ambiance. On one side is the view of the Buckingham Palace and on the other side is the view of the Big Ben and the London Eye. There are also numerous deck chairs arranged in the park for those who wish to spent time sitting under the shade of the trees. The park also is home to Pelicans which are the centre of attraction here.
- Springfield Park: This is a park which is not so popular among the tourists and is hence not so crowded. But the scenic beauty of the park is worth enjoying. The walk along the river to Hackney Marshes and beyond is enjoyable. Kids can enjoy rolling down the steep hills.
So, make sure you visit at least some of these parks mentioned above during your visit to London.