London is usually known as “the Big Smoke” however the city is endowed with a lot of greenery, parks and recreational grounds. Whether it is for a summer picnic, a winter stroll, a theater play or concerts we’ve got you covered with our guide to the capital’s most lovely parks.
Well we could not start with another one but Regents Park as you pretty much only need to cross the street to enjoy this royal park. Home to the London Zoo, the Open Air Theatre, Taste of London or many other events, it is also the largest outdoor sporting area in London, and house to over a hundred species of wild birds.
One of the most significant parks for the English literature and the second closest sites to Danubius Regents Park is Primrose Hill – only a 15 minute walk through Regent’s Park from our hotel, or alternatively a 5 minute bus ride to Primrose Hill stop (bus 274). From there, you will get the nicest view of the London skyline. It is a great place to go for a short walk but also to have lunch or diner in one of the lovely restaurants and shops in the neighborhood.
One of the largest park in London, Hampstead Heath is not that from from us and is loved not only for its wildlife but also for the accessibility and possibility for recreational and sportive activities. Good to know that it actually is the highest point in London (245 meters) and from the top of the hill, if the weather is clear, you can enjoy a nice view over all London. There is a zoo, an athletics track, an education centre, extensive children’s facilities and three swimming ponds.
Perhaps one of the most central and famous parks in London, Hyde Park (also known for Hyde Park Corner), is at a junction of 6 major roads: Park Lane, Piccadilly, Constitution Hill, Grosvenor Place, Grosvenor Crescent and Knightsbridge. This truly central principal area is a quick bus ride away (bus 82) from Danubius Regents Park. You can find almost 20 monuments, fountains and memorials, including Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. There are also two restaurants.
Not always mentioned St. James Park is actually a superb location in the middle of busy London. Take a break in this luscious park and indulge in the greenery. It is surrounded by three royal palaces – the Buckingham Palace, The Mall and the Horse Guard Parade. In the heart of ceremonial London, this green escape is the oldest of the Royal Parks. If you’re lucky enough you just might see one of the famous pelicans wandering around. Simply take the Jubilee line to Green Park, 2 stops from the Danubius Hotel.
A bit further out of the city, the royal botanical gardens, Kew Gardens, are world renowned landmark to see. It is the largest collection in the world of living plants, and one of the world’s largest herbariums. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is nearly 300 years old and is an incredibly significant institution for botanical and biological research. The park hosts many events for everyone and offer many options to dine, have fun or simply enjoy the nature. Our concierge would be more than happy to give you more information about tickets and opening times.
Last but not least, Richmond Park is located a stop away from Kew Gardens and is a cyclists dream with lots of paths, including easy plateaus and more challenging routes. It is also home to over 650 free roaming deer, the biggest reserve of them in London, and beautiful views. This royal park is an hour away by public transportation or a 40 minute drive from the hotel. It’s a National Nature Reserve, and part of the Royal Parks. Kids will enjoy horseback riding, kiting and playgrounds.
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