Nearly half of London is made up from green space, from Royal Parks to hidden gems with an abundance of trees, plants and wildlife. Whether you’re an explorer at heart looking to discover historic statues or rare wildlife or you prefer a leisurely stroll, these parks have something for everyone.
Two of London’s notable Royal Parks, perfectly situated side-by-side, opposite our hotel. The Italian Gardens are adorned with statues, a white marble water fountain and café. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and playground as well as the open water Serpentine Lake, perfect to cool off in the summer months. A visit wouldn’t be complete without seeing Kensington Palace, the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Not only can you easily explore both parks when you stay with us but you will also be able to enjoy breakfast overlooking these prestigious parks.
Getting there: 0.2 miles, 1 minute walk.
Nestled between iconic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall, this Royal Park is recognisable for its flower beds in front of the palace. It is also the backdrop to various pageants such as Trooping the colour – the official celebration to mark the Queen’s birthday – as well as state visits and other ceremonial occasions. St James’ Café offers the perfect space to stop for a pick-me-up and rest before continuing to explore. This iconic park is also home to resident pelicans which were first introduced to the park nearly 400 years ago when the Russian Ambassador gifted pelicans to King Charles II.
Getting there: 1.5 miles, 30 minute walk.
Covering 395 acres, Regent’s Park features a number of spaces to explore. From picturesque tree-lined pathways to a various formal gardens including Queen Mary’s Gardens with an astounding 12,000 roses to admire. This Royal Park offers four children’s playgrounds, sports facilities and central London’s largest outdoor sports area. If that’s not enough, you can also visit the Open Air Theatre and London Zoo, after stopping by Primrose Hill for unrivalled views of the London skyline.
Getting there: 1.4 miles, 30 minute walk.
Featuring children’s play facilities, sports areas and large woodland areas abundant with wildlife, Holland Park offers a great destination for families to visit. Originally the park was the grounds of Cope Castle, a large Jacobean mansion which was badly damaged during World War II. The park also features Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden which was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991. The borough’s Ecology Service is also based in Holland Park and runs events, activities and school visits.
Getting there: 1.6 miles, 30 minute walk.
Inspiring C.S. Lewis to write The Chronicles of Narnia this heath sprawls over 800 acres, offering some of the best views in the city. Comprised of woodland and meadows, Hampstead Heath is surprisingly tucked away in this idyllic north London neighbourhood, offering the perfect location to spend your day. Expect to see open space, swimming ponds, sports facilities and an array of wildlife.
Getting there: 30 minutes by tube; take the Central Line from Lancaster Gate to Bond Street, take the Jubilee Line to West Hampstead, then take the London Overground to Hampstead Heath.
Home to ancient trees, rare species and wide open spaces, Richmond Park covers an area of 2500 acres and is considered a National Nature Reserve. This Royal Park also features the Isabella Plantation, a 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian woodland plantation which was planted in the 1830’s, featuring an array of flora which lines the ponds and streams. Situated at the highest point of the park is Pembroke Lodge, a listed Georgian Mansion with 13 acres of landscaped grounds which has become a popular wedding venue.
Getting there: 45 minutes by tube; take the Central Line from Lancaster Gate to Notting Hill Gate, take the District Line to Earl’s Court then take the District Line to Richmond.
Picnic in the Park
What better way to explore London’s many parks than with a picnic to hand? Offering the perfect weekend getaway, our picnic in the park package is complete with an overnight stay in one of our luxurious bedrooms, breakfast overlooking the Italian Garden’s and a picnic filled with delicious afternoon tea favourites to take with you while you explore. Expect to see a delicious selection of sandwiches, quiches, freshly baked scones and sweet delicacies including a Bakewell tart.