There are eight Royal Parks in London:
- Hyde Park
- Kensington Gardens
- Regent’s Park
- St James’s Park
- Richmond Park
- The Green Park
- Greenwich Park
- Bushy Park
HYDE PARK (opening times: 05:00 – 00:00)
- Hyde Park covers 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks including
- the Serpentine Lake,
- Speakers’ Corner,
- the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
- The park offers various recreational activities including
- open water swimming,
- tennis and horse riding.
KENSINGTON GARDENS (06:00 – 18:15)
- Within its 265 acres, you can :
- visit Kensington Palace,
- the Italian Gardens,
- the Albert Memorial,
- Peter Pan Statue and the Serpentine Galleries.
- Magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds are planted here. The gardens are also home to the popular Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
St JAMES’S PARK (06:00 – 00:00)
- It is the oldest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks.
- The park includes:
- The Mall;
- Horse Guards Parade;
and is at the heart of ceremonial London, so tourists can watch
- the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace OR
- Trooping the Colour.
GREENWICH PARK (06:00 – 19:00)
- Greenwich Park hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory.
- The park is part of Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which is home
to The National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College.
- The most historic of all Royal Parks, Greenwich Park dates back to Roman times and was enclosed in 1433. From the statue of General Wolfe the park offers great views across the River Thames all the way to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
REGENT’S PARK (05:00 – 19:00)
- It covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary’s Gardens with more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties.
- With excellent sports facilities it is the largest outdoor sports area in central London.
- The park also houses:
- the Open Air Theatre,
- London Zoo,
- Primrose Hill.
THE GREEN PARK (05:00 – 00:00)
- The smallest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks.
- It’s just over 40 acres of mature trees and grassland next to Buckingham Palace, the peaceful triangle between Piccadilly and Constitution Hill.
- The park offers a popular location for picnics and sunbathing in fine weather.
RICHMOND PARK (07:00 – 18:15)
- The largest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London.
- It’s London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation.
- Home to the beautiful Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge and herds of Red and Fallow deer.
BUSHY PARK (06:30 – 19:00)
- The second largest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks.
- Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park’s mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer.
- The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.