Once you arrive in Victoria straight off the Gatwick to London train, you immediately think that you are trapped in a concrete metropolis of huge buildings, pollution, traffic and millions and millions of people. Well you are, but on the other hand London some of the most impressive collection of inner city parks than any other European capital city.
London: Beyond the Jungle of Concrete
The parks in the countries capital have been known to play hosts to all sorts of event, from cultural, sporting and musical festivals. No matter where abouts you are in London there is alway a park close by. So no matter what time of the year it is you can escape from your daily hectic life and go and chill out. Having a crisp fresh walk along hilly tracks, Lounge and have a nice relaxing summer picnic by water edge or explore in the autumn foliage.
1: Primrose Hill
Primrose hill is well known to be a popular celebrity hangout, so if you’re into celebrity spotting then this is the place to. The park is proper quaint and has an almost Victorian feel about. It is a great place to have a stroll and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You need to walk up the steep hill and enjoy the Panorama views over London. They are extremely breath taking and are a must when site seeing over London. If you’ve had enough sunbathing or hanging out with nature and dog watching then visit one of the many cafes and beautiful restaurants dotted around the park or in located close by in Camden town.
2: Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath is a park that has everything. It has many rolling hills, plenty of green, ponds you can actually swim in and is vast enough that an isolated spot is never far away. You can walk for miles and miles in this park without ever repeating your journey. If you have the energy then walk up to the top of Parliament and enjoy the amazing view. Hampstead Heath is also surrounded by quaint little villages and attractions. These include the Lido, Kenwood house, Hampstead Village and Highgate Village. Some other places to enjoy a well earned beverage include the Bull and Last or the Spaniards Inn in Highgate or the Holly Bush or Freemason’s Arms in Hampstead.
3: Hyde Park
The most famous out of all of London’s parks has to be Hyde Park. The park was once the favorite hunting ground for King William the eighth is now well known for its speaker’s corner, Kensington Palace, Diana memorable and horse riding tacks. The park is also well known for hosting large scale music events especially in the summer. This park is one of the grandest Places to visit when coming to London.
The next park on the list is Richmond. This is by far one of the biggest parks in the whole of London. It is also most definitely one of the most hugged. This park is famous for its numerous deer which seemed to have tamed and get on with the increasing number of humans visiting in the park. But just to remember that the wild deer within the park are protected by the royal family. So be careful when your traveling through the park.
5: Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens, Although situated a little out of the way of central London is well worth a visit. If you just jump ont heDistrict line or the overground towards Richmond you’ll be heading in the right direction. Kew Gardens can be described as a legend amoung parks. There are hundreds of seeds stored at the park in vaults just to make sure that no more species of plants will ever become extint. Buts not the only amazing thing about this park, you can also see hundreds of species of plants from all over the world. Theres the exotic glass houses, the beautiful rose garden, the wonderful Bamboo garedn, temperate house and the Japenese Gateway, and that just to begin with. The park never fails to amaze and atonish.
London’s parks are without doubt some of the most amazing in any city in the world. Every park is different and has it’s own personality and community, there is something for everyone. So before you get the Gatwick Express out of London. You need you check out at least one London park.