London is home to eight Royal Parks all of which are stunning and popular attractions in their own right. These parks vary in sizes, but each boasts of immaculately tended gardens, lawns, and recreational facilities. These nature getaways provide a soothing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Size: 445 hectares (1,100 acres)
Bushy Park is the second largest Royal Parks in London after Richmond Park. Its over a thousand acres of woodlands and grasslands is home to a wide range of wildlife including the roaming herds of deer that are among its main attractions. Apart from the breathtaking nature scenery, some of the park’s must-see sights include the Diana Fountain, Pheasantry Cafe, Upper Lodge Water Gardens, and Waterhouse Woodeland Garden among others.
Size: 19 hectares (47 acres)
Green Park may be the smallest among all the Royal Parks, but it offers plenty of things to see and do. Its verdant trees and grassland offer an enchanting backdrop for those who want to enjoy a picnic or simply relax in its midst. The park’s top attractions include the Bomber Command Memorial, Canada Memorial, and the Royal Gun Salutes.
Size: 74 hectares (180 acres)
Greenwich Park is touted as the most historic among all the Royal Parks. Some of its most popular sights and attractions are the Prime Meridian Line, the Royal Observatory, the General Wolfe Statue, the Herbaceous Border, Pavilion Cafe, the Queen’s Orchard, and the Wilderness Deer Park.
Size: 142 hectares (350 acres)
Hyde Park attracts crowds of tourists every year. It is teeming with things to see and do. The park boasts of a wide range of facilities for sports and leisure activities. And it is home to popular landmarks and attractions that include the Diana Memorial Fountain, Serpentine Lake, Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, Speakers Corner, and its wide array of monuments, fountains, and statues.
Size: 111 hectares (270 acres)
Kensington Gardens main draws, apart from its beautiful scenery, are the Kensington Palace, Albert Memorial, Allotment Garden, Diana Memorial Playground, Italian Gardens, Peter Pan Statue, and Serpentine Galleries.
Size: 166 hectares (410 acres)
Regent’s Park is not just a great place for nature lovers but also for outdoor sports enthusiasts. It has top notch sports facilities including The Hub Sports Centre. Among its top attractions are Primrose Hill, the open-air theatre, London Zoo , Queen Mary’s Gardens, and William Andrews Nesfield’s Avenue Gardens.
Size: 955 hectares (2,360 acres)
Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London and a National Nature Reserve. Its top attractions apart from its famous deer population are the Isabella Plantation, King Henry’s Mound, and Pembroke Lodge.
St. James’s Park
Size: 23 hectares (57 acres)
St. James’s Park is famous not only for being the oldest Royal Park but also for its Trooping the Colour held every year. It is also home to attractions like the Queen Victoria Memorial, The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and the beautiful pelicans.