There are so many amazing things about living in London but from time to time we do miss the green rolling fields of the South West and being able to spend a weekend getting lost in the country side. Fortunately London does have its fair share of green spaces and parks which Olive and I frequently visit on the weekends, spending time strolling round and visiting the many cute park cafes. Inspired by our visits we have put together a guide for you showcasing our favourite green spaces in London.
Kicking off we have one of our all time favourites Richmond Park which is located in the south west of the City. Richmond Park is one of the 8 royal parks in London and covers an super impressive area of 2500 acres. The wild heath land is perfect for a getting lost for a day, discovering the wild deer and well deserved drinks at the many good pubs nearby.
It is definitely worth visiting Hampstead Heath for its impressive views of the London skyline alone as well as its famous Victorin swimming ponds, perfect for a dip on that hot summer day! The heath itself covers an area of nearly 800 acres and is even home to the impressive Kenwood House. A 17th century former stately Home that you may recognise from the Notting Hill film (one of our ultimate favourites) it is now free to stroll round and comes with a great cafe too.
Epping Forest is a 2400 hectare area of ancient woodland located on the boarder of London and Essex. Super easy to get to on the central line, this former royal hunting park has many good walks through the forest and even a hunting lodge used by Queen Elizabeth the 1st.
Located in the centre of London, the beautiful grounds of Regents Park are popular with locals and tourists alike. A popular picnic spot in the summer with sports fields, a boating lake and the famous London Zoo. Primrose Hill on the northern side of the park is well worth a visit, lined with streets of colourful town houses, cute cafes and bookshops. In the summer Olive and I love strolling through the main high street and up to the top of the hill where you have super impressive views over the whole of London.
The lovely Greenwich Park is Home to the Greenwich Maritime line, museum and the old Royal Navy college. A world heritage site that is well worth the steep climb to visit the maritime line and great views over the river Thames. Once you have visited the museum head further into the park strolling through the queens orchard and rose garden.