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Royal Parks of London

London has a surprising abundance of green spaces. With its parks, nature reserves and urban farms, the city offers up a wide range of amazing chill-out zones, all year round walking routes and secret gardens all yours to discover. One aspect of London’s outdoorsy culture that is popular with tourists and guests at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park is the city’s smattering of Royal Parks. As the crown jewels of London’s abundance of greenery, these parks offer up a unique insight into the stately history of the city and promise beautiful natural landscapes, surprisingly expansive for an inner-city park.

 

Why are they called the Royal Parks?

 

The Royal Parks of London were all at one point owned by the monarchy, either as private pleasure gardens or royal hunting grounds. Whilst all are now open to the public, these parks are known for holding over 5000 acres of green space and promise a broad range of activities and natural landscapes. Whilst it might be winter right now, these parks still hold a vast range of activities and attractions for winter wanderers.

 

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

 

Located near to some of the best London restaurants, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are split by the man-made Serpentine Lake and between them make up 620 acres of land. Don’t miss Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, a park winter fair running throughout November into January.

 

Green Park

 

Green park is another centrally located green space which intersects with St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace. Made up mostly of fields and walkways, this park takes up 47 acres and leads to Piccadilly Circus. The park also plays host to a variety of memorials, including the Canada Memorial and Bomber Command Memorial.

 

Richmond Park

 

One of the farthest out of the Royal Parks, Richmond Park is a nature reserve that was originally built for King Charles I as a deer hunting park. The deers of Richmond can still be found roaming the 9 and a half square kilometres of land.

 

Regent’s Park

 

Regent’s Park is located just off of Baker Street and Great Portland Street and combines landscaped gardens with vast green fields and even an open-air theatre. This park is especially popular with London locals, and also hosts a range of open-air art exhibitions every year, curated by the Frize Gallery.

 

St James Park

 

Overlooking the back of Buckingham Palace, this Westminster based park is full of idyllic cafes, ponds and vast green fields for commuter rambles.

 

Bushy Park

 

With at least 4000 years of history, Bushy Park was first made royal for use as an aristocratic sports ground. Now home to Teddington Rugby and Hockey Club, the park is, like Richmond, a nature reserve teeming with forested areas and wildlife.

 

Greenwich Park

 

With beautiful views over the cityscape, Greenwich Park is home to the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the Cutty Sark. Dating back to 1675 and based in the docklands area of East London, Greenwich Park offers 184 acres of historic parkland and beautiful views over the Royal Hospital and Canary Wharf business hub.