London's top parks

18 Jun 2013
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London is home to some of the UK's best parks and open spaces and it's not hard to see why millions of people visit them. Read our article to find out why

Hidden amongst the ever increasing neighbourhoods that make up London are our parks and green spaces, all of which unique and beautiful, and best of all they're all free!

Here are our top picks

Greenwich Park

An absolute must see! Greenwich Park is one of London's eight royal parks and is home to some of London's top attractions such as the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum. The park itself offers beautiful flower displays, a deer park and even Roman temple remains. It also has one of London's greatest views from atop its hill looking down over the Thames towards Canary Wharf.

Clapham Common

Located in Clapham, South West London, is Clapham Common, a stunning 220 acres of green space which boasts 3 ponds, tennis courts, bowling green and even a skate park. August's bank holiday weekend welcomes the SW4 two day dance festival too which has only the best dance acts year after year.

Regent's Park

Another royal park located near Camden and Primrose Hill, Regent's Park offers 395 acres of peace and tranquility, Queen Mary's Garden and a whopping 30,000 roses of 400 different varieties.

This park also offers the largest outdoor sports area in London, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and London Zoo

Hyde Park

Located in central London, Hyde Park is a mere stones throw from other top attractions of Buckingham Palace, Knightsbridge and Pall Mall, this is another of London's eight Royal Parks. As well as being a beautiful park it also offers fun activities such as swimming, cycling, tennis and even horse riding.

Each year it host some of the biggest music events such as Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi & Elton John and other entertainment. In the build up to Christmas each year it runs a beautiful Winter Wonderland, which is a must see.

Hampstead Heath

Located in North London is Hamstead Heath. This green space is one of the richest places for wildlife in London and is great for a walk on the wild side. It also offers sports and recreational facilities such as swimmng pools, a Lido and even a zoo.

Richmond Park

A firm findahood favourite Richmond Park has the feel of an English country estate although it is actually the biggest green space in London. With hundreds of Red and Fallow Deer it's abundance of wildlife has seen it awarded Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status as well as being a national nature reserve and also a European Special area of Conservation.

This park is great for cycling, fishing, playing rugby and even horse riding. There's also fitness boot camps available for those wanting to get fit.

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