Best Parks in London | CBRE Residential
This year has shown us the importance of spending time outdoors. We have rounded up the best parks in London, so you can find a natural oasis in the capital.
Discover a green oasis with our best parks in London
For many people, this year has highlighted the importance of spending time outdoors in nature and the benefits it has for our general health and wellbeing.
Whilst London is the industrial capital of the UK, known for its urban look, large skyscrapers and bustling, non-stop culture, it is also home to lots of wonderful open green spaces and beautiful parks. Here, we reveal the best parks in London that are perfect for a lunch break stroll or weekend walk.
Many studies (such as the NASA Earth Observatory study, 2019) have shown that spending time in nature can be beneficial for your mental health, boosting your mood, relieving stress, helping you to relax and providing the opportunity to socialise with others. The physical benefits include improved air quality and less noise pollution. Exercising outdoors is also good for your physical wellbeing, getting your body moving, the blood flowing and fresh air pumping through your lungs. Not to mention, having open green spaces with trees, flowers and animals is great for the planet too.
Keep reading for our ultimate list of nice parks in London where you can go for a stroll, listen to the birds, watch the leaves fall and soak up Mother Nature.
Richmond park is the second-largest park in London, situated in South West London in the Borough of Richmond. It was originally a 17th-century hunting ground and is now a special conservation area with lots of woodland paths and grasslands. There are over 600 deers – so see if you can spot one on your next visit.
St. James’s Park
St. James’s Park is one of London’s eight famous Royal Parks. Find it right in the heart of London in the City of Westminster. Did you know that it includes The Mall and the Horse Guards Parade, and borders Buckingham Palace and Clarence House? Here, you can enjoy the beautiful Buckingham Palace flower beds and waterside views of the lake - you might even see a pelican or two!
Victoria Park can be found in East London in the Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is the third-largest park in the city and plays host to music festivals like LoveBox and All Points East. Each year, millions of locals and visitors come to enjoy the scenic views, green grass, pavilion, playground and ponds.
Fun fact: it was founded as the People’s Park back in 1845. There’s no doubt it’s a great outdoor space in London.
Originally marshland, Battersea Park opened to the public in 1858. Since then, it has become a much-loved natural space in London. It boasts a playground, tennis court, boating lake and rose garden – the perfect location for kids and adults alike. Find it on the south bank of the River Thames in the Borough of Wandsworth.
Bushy Park in Richmond upon Thames is an amazing green space in London. From the iconic Diana fountain to the Woodland Gardens and Water Gardens, there’s plenty to see and do. It’s the second largest of London’s Royal Parks with an impressive 1,099 acres. All of this open space makes it ideal for runners, walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Possibly the most famous park in London and in the world is Hyde Park. It’s Grade I-listed is one of the oldest parks in London and has held countless events, protests, concerts and more throughout the years. The park itself contains the Serpentine Lake, Speaker’s Corner (a historic soapbox where orators throughout the ages have held speeches) and a bird sanctuary. Add it to your must-see list immediately.
Primrose Hill is not technically its own park, but a steep hill in the North of Regent’s Park, but we thought this underrated natural gem was worth a mention. Whilst not everyone will be up for the climb, the impressive views over nearby Regent’s Park and London City beyond are well worth it. You can even see The Shard and The London Eye.
Named after Prince Regent, Regent’s Park is the largest grassy area in London, perfect for sports. It’s amazingly diverse, with open green space, woodlands and wetlands. Not to mention its Central London location means it’s well-connected by all forms of public transport.
In Hackney, you’ll find London Fields Park; a popular grassy area that’s great for outdoor excursions. It boasts play areas, tennis courts and even a lido with a 50m Olympic sized swimming pool that’s open all year round.
With breath-taking views of the capital, swimming ponds and all sorts of sports facilities, it’s easy to see why Hampstead Heath is one of the most popular parks in London. It’s easily accessible by public transport, being only four miles from Trafalgar Square. Whether you’re off on a stroll, having a picnic, or playing sports, it won’t disappoint.
In between the City of Westminster and Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, you’ll discover Kensington Gardens. Home to Kensington Palace, it is a park fit for royalty. Although it remained private until the 18th century, it is now a public hotspot. Marvel at the spectacular gardens with exotic plants and impressive water features.
This beautiful park in London dates back to the 17th century and is part of the Green World Heritage Site. Spend an afternoon strolling through the multiple rose, herb and flower gardens, and take in the natural scenery. Expect vast expanses of green and gorgeous riverside views across the River Thames and nearby Canary Wharf.
Lee Valley Regional Park
Lee Valley Regional Park stretches a staggering 26 miles (almost a full marathon!) through London, Essex and Hertfordshire. It offers varied landscapes from woodland to trail, wetlands and more. It’s a great choice for cycling enthusiasts.
One of the best parks in London for socialising in when the temperatures soar is Clapham Common. The triangular-shaped park provides a green haven for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy its sporting facilities, bandstand, skate park and many nearby cafes and restaurants – ideal for a pitstop.
Dulwich Park is a lesser-known green space in the capital, situated in the south of London. The Grade II-listed park has large, grassy expanses, cycling paths, a boating lake and parkland. Why not hire bikes or row across the lake?