5 Amazing Parks In London Other Than Hyde Park

The moment you step a foot in London you will discover how beautiful the city is by morning, and by night, mixing beautiful architecture, museums and monuments with great history satisfying all tastes, fountains, concert halls, energetic nightlife, glamorous city life, indoors and outdoors activities, but most of all lush green spaces everywhere.

We are giving you 5 great options to enjoy London greenery other than Hyde Park.

Important Notice: Always make sure to check the opening hours of the parks as they differ from one season to another, and from one park to another.

Richmond Park

Another Royal park, and the best place to escape from the city life’s fast pace, whether by just chilling out, or enjoying a relaxing walk in the presence of cute deers, practicing some outdoors sports such as cycling, running, or hiking, enjoying a scrumptious picnic, or a meal at one of its scenic restaurants, and cafes. The park is home to the beautiful Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge -a Georgian Mansion built on the highest point in the park, offering great views- and herds of Red and Fallow deer, and is among the most visited parks in London as well.

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  • Getting there: Richmond Station – National Rail or District Line (and then catch the 371 or 65 buses to the pedestrian gate at Petersham)
  • Duration: Around 30 minutes from Central London
  • Entrance: Free
  • For information: go to www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park

Kensington Palace & Gardens

Formerly part of Hyde Park, take a stroll through this spacious lush green park best enjoyed over a picnic, home to the impressive Kensington Palace, the Albert Memorial, the Peter Pan Statue, blooming flowers, and the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial playground. Make sure to enter the Palace, even better if you check beforehand if they are hosting any special events.

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  • Getting There: Nearest tube stations are Queensway and Lancaster Gate
  • Duration: Around 10 minutes from Central London
  • Entrance: Free
  • For Information: go to www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens

Kew Gardens

That’s the Royal Botanic Garden founded in 1759, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2003. It is one of London’s top attractions, thanks to an impressive collection of plants and fungis. The garden plays a crucial role in understanding, conserving, and safeguarding the world’s plant life for our future. The coolest thing about Kew Gardens is that you can visit it all year round, because every season would give you different scenery, and experience.

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  • Getting there: Kew Gardens Station (District Line – Richmond branch and London Overground) is the closest London Underground station, and is in zone 3 
  • Duration: Around an hour from Central London
  • Entrance: With tickets
  • For information: go to www.kew.org

Crystal Palace Park

A hidden gem in London’s south,  mostly enjoyed by kids, as it is home to a range of habitats, including a lake where water birds can be spotted. Also home to a children’s farm, full size dinosaurs models found between trees -that are basically the remains of a Victorian pre-historic amusement park-, a playground, and a maze. Adults won’t be bored as it’s always busy by cyclists, and runners, hosting the Crystal Palace Museum, the National Sports Center, an outdoor concert stage, and lots of greenery to marvel at.

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  • Getting there: The park is a short walk from Crystal Palace Station or Penge West Station
  • Duration: Around an hour from Central London
  • Entrance: Free
  • For information: go to www.bromley.gov.uk/directory/4/parks_in_bromley

Hampstead Heath

It’s hard to believe that only within a walking distance you would find yourself in the ultimate retreat. This is a beautiful park offering great views of Central London, and is famous for its outdoors swimming facilities known as Hampstead Heath Ponds, and sports events. If you will be there in summer, or on a sunny day -rarely happening in the cloudy capital- you have to make a barbecue.

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  • Getting There: The quickest would be from Kings Cross for Parliament Hill and Highgate Ponds
  • Duration: Around 25 minutes from Central London
  • Entrance: Free
  • For Information: go to www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath/Pages/default.aspx

Do you have other parks in mind? Or ever been any of the mentioned parks? Share with us in the comments below.

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