London´s parks are an essential component of city life, as they are used by its inhabitants to rest and relax.
For tourists, London´s parks are the perfect setting to rest from the bustle of the shops and to recharge batteries while watching time go by….. and squirrels.
Hyde Park is a park that is full of life, where people walk, sunbathe or practise any kind of sport and it has a huge lake in the middle of it, inhabited by various aquatic birds and where you can rent a boat.
A good plan to visit this park is to first visit the surrounding area of Knightsbridge, where you can find Harrods and a thousand other shops.
In summer the park is filled with different events, mainly musical.
At the northern point of the park is the famous “Speakers Corner”, next to Marble Arch. It is a meeting point for all kinds of characters that give speeches about anything, religion, politics, etc.
If there are three things that define St. James´ Park they are flowers, squirrels and birds.
For many this is the prettiest park in London and in fact it is one of the most visited of Europe with nearly 6 million visitors per year. It is right in the heart of London, next to the palace of
St. James, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey and it was designed with a French manner.
Regent´s Park is in the north of the city, and it has some fantastic amusements for children like its games area o the excellent London Zoo, one of the best of the world. It has a big pond full of swans and you can rent a boat.
There are many other less known parks that are just as beautiful. These are:
Richmond which main characteristic is its variety in wildlife
Hamstead Heath is a park that, located on the top of a hill, offers exceptional views of the city (Parliament Hill)
Holland Park is famous for its exotic flowers and hidden spots between its maze-like structure and its vegetation, which makes it perfect for an afternoon with your favourite book
To finish off, Battersea Park and Bishop´s Park. These two parks are located on the banks of the river Thames.
To be able to visit all these parks, and carry your shopping, why don´t you rent a car at one of London´s airports? (Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, Gatwick or City)