The best parks in London
In these last days, the beautiful city of London has become an important center, benefited by the Olympic Games. London has beautiful tourist centers, and different activities and landscapes, In this list I show you 10 landscapes, worth visiting for its beauty, charm and most important of all, completely natural green spaces.
Clapham Common is one of the largest open spaces in London, 89 hectares between Clapham, Battersea and Balham. It contains three ponds, three cafes, tennis courts, playgrounds, a bowling alley, a skating rink and a historic musical temple (the largest in London). In the summer it hosts a wide variety of music festivals, including the South West Four on August 25.
St James's Park
The oldest of London's royal parks, St. James Park, is surrounded by Buckingham Palace, the Mall and St James's Palace. The park has a small lake with two islands with native waterfowl and even pelicans.
Richmond Park was the scene of one of the biggest viral videos of the United Kingdom of 2011, when Fenton the dog chased deer through the park, followed by its anxious owner. The park, located in southwest London, is home to around 600 red fallow deer.
The most famous gardens in London, the Royal Botanic Garden, in Kew hosts around two million visitors each year. The gardens celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2009 and are home to 30,000 different types of plants.
Sandwiched between Hyde Park and St. James Park, Green Park is a quieter, more peaceful space than its neighboring parks. There are no lakes, no buildings - only 19 hectares of meadows and old trees. It is said of this park that it had originally been a cemetery for lepers, and its quiet green spaces were once a notorious land of mourning, as well as a popular passing terrain for highway robbers and thieves. The park now hides the subway and underground government offices and corridors, linking to the nearby royal palaces, which run below the eastern part of the park. The rooms are modifications of some of the tunnels built as part of the war cabinet rooms in World War II.
The variety of landscape on offer at Hampstead Heath is simply stunning. One can wander for days through its 320 hectares, from its ancient forests to the labyrinthine gardens of Kenwood House - and the magnificent views from Parliament Hill to the outdoor pleasures of its three lidos (outdoor pools fresh air).
A romantic and peaceful park west of London, this 22-hectare space contains semi-wild forests and more formal landscaped areas. Be sure to visit the Zen-like calm of the Kyoto gardens, built for the Japan Festival in London in 1991.
Regent's Park & Primrose Hill
Regent's Park is the park where the London Zoo is located, as well as stunning rose gardens and a small lake to navigate. The neighbors of Primrose Hill have some of the best views of the city.
The 74 hectares Greenwich Park is a former hunting ground in south-east London, with magnificent views of the city from its hills. The park will host equestrian events at the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as cycling and cross-country tests in the pentathlon. Be sure to visit the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum.
Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens
A whopping 253 hectares of green areas, form Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in Green Park and St James Park in an unbroken chain of green spaces in central London. The Speakers' Corner, the Serpentine Gallery and Diana's memorial stand out.