The Royal Parks of London are a major draw for lovers of nature staying and living in the city, providing an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of London life. Here’s our quick guide to all of London’s Royal Parks…
For visitors seeking events, concerts and also a chance to retreat to an oasis of peace and quiet, Hyde Park is a great place to start. There’s ample opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including tennis, horse riding, boating and walking, as well as swimming on the Serpentine Lake.
Housing 265 acres of parkland, and also home to the Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Palace and the Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens is a particularly ‘regal’ Royal Park. Amid its manicured gardens, visitors will also find the Diana Playground, with its enormous wooden pirate ship which takes inspiration from the world of Peter Pan.
The Green Park
With memorials, statues and fountains, guests at Montcalm Hotel Finsbury Square can enjoy this 40-acre historic Royal Park, noted for its great beauty and ceremonial Royal Gun Salutes on special occasions. The park also includes a wide array of daffodils during the Spring months.
Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill
Combining wide open spaces with tranquil tree-lined avenues, playgrounds for children and formal gardens, Regent’s Park contains both incredible sporting facilities and an outdoor sports area perfect for the warmer months of the year. There is also an Open Air Theatre, great views from Primrose Hill, and London Zoo all contained within, as well as plentiful wild bird species and hedgehogs.
With stunning views of the River Thames, Greenwich Park provides both 17th century landscaping and a history which dates all the way back to the Roman era. With 183 acres to see, there’s plenty to see – including the Royal Observatory, and the Prime Meridian. Here you’ll find ancient trees and relaxing gardens, all within easy reach of the Montcalm London.
With its deer herds and wide-open spaces, Richmond Park is home to plenty of great natural splendour, which makes it particularly appealing for anyone seeking a retreat from the big city. There are many conversation projects ongoing, including work to support the rare species of bird, flower and bat in the area.
St James’s Park
Surrounded by key areas like Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, St James’s Park is known for its stunning flower beds and resident pelicans, who are particularly spectacular to watch at feeding time. Covering almost 57 acres, this park provides the ideal space to watch the world go by during your stay at The Montcalm Marble Arch.
With six waterways and acres of grassland, gardens and deer, Bushy Park is noted for its impressive landscaping designed by Christopher Wren, and sites such as the Woodland Gardens and Upper Lodge Water Gardens are great for bird-spotting. The park is also dominated by herds of deer, who roam freely.
What are the updates of Royal parks re-opening in London?
A: All the parks are open now from August’20. Lists of parks that are opened during this COVID-19 period are:
- Greenwich Park (The Avenue),
- Hyde Park (Bandstand)
- The Regent’s Park (Chester Road)
- Hyde Park
- Kensington Garden
- Green Park
- St. James Park
- Regent’s Park
- Richmond Park
- Brampton Cemetery
Please note during this crucial time, it is advised to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene as using the mask and carrying own sanitizing bottles. Children should be guided by adults. And it’s important to avoid any crowded areas.