My Favourite Free London Parks
Every time I go to London, I make sure to visit all my favourite free parks in the city.
There are so many excellent places to go to in London and it’s such a hectic city alive with possibilities. But there are times when you just feel like chilling out. Especially when you’re on a budget and everything you do seems to involve spending more money!
So if you want to experience some of the most incredible and peaceful areas of London, then check out the following list of my five favourite parks:
Victoria Park was apparently London’s first public park and is located in the East End. This park was made to be a replica of Regents Park and is beautiful for taking a relaxing walk around the lakes, visiting the gorgeous Old English Garden or simply for hanging out with family or friends.
Southwark Park was opened in 1869 and hosts a boating lake, a superb garden and an original bandstand. In recent times, the park has opened up a lovely caf?Ã¯Â¿Â½ and art gallery to further enrich the experience of its visitors. This is also an excellent place to visit for free festivals and sporting events which you can research before you travel.
If you happen to be in north London, you might want to pass through Finsbury Park for a leisurely stroll. Its historic grounds housed tea rooms in the 1700s and even then the surroundings were much admired for their natural beauty. Nowadays, various music festivals are held here and it is also a wonderful place to retreat to in your free time after you’ve been trundling around London’s many tourist attractions.
Hyde Park is one of the most famous London parks which features in various famous books and movies. Henry VIII used it as a private hunting ground from 1536 and it is a Royal Park which was first opened to the general public in 1637. Hyde Park’s many attractions include Speakers’ Corner, the Diana Fountain and the Serpentine Lake.
Kensington Gardens is another free Royal Park which was once the private garden of Kensington Palace but which is now open to the public. This park is right next to Hyde Park (so you can move easily between the two) but has always been considered the “smart neighbour” due to its association with Kensington Palace.