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Find out the most beautiful parks in London to explore this winter…
London is often seen as a busy city, home to over nine million individuals, but amid all the chaos lies an array of peaceful and verdant green spaces. Regardless of the frosty mornings and cold afternoons, put on some warm clothes, don your best woolly hat and head out to some of the best parks that London has to offer.
If you’re visiting London, adding a trip to one of the many parks should definitely be on your itinerary. The trains to London Kings Cross are fairly regular and the majority of the parks are a short distance via public transport.
We couldn’t feature all of the different parks on this list, so we’ve narrowed down our top six. Whether you want a quiet stroll in the park or plan to explore the local wildlife, there’s something on this list for everyone.
Most Beautiful Parks in London
Well-known for its unrefined woodland gardens and free-roaming red and fallow deer, Richmond Park in the outer London borough of Richmond Upon Thames also features ancient species of tree and a vast quantity of wildlife.
The park is actually a national nature reserve – the biggest one in London in fact – showcasing a protected view that cuts a line amongst ancient oaks to St Paul’s Cathedral.
It is very difficult to stumble upon an area so wild and open in London given the hustle and bustle of the city, however, Richmond Park is sure to be the perfect location for your quiet winter walk. Make sure to keep an eye out for the deer whose coats change color during this season!
Hyde Park is one of the most beautiful parks in London and the biggest. The city’s ‘green lung’ hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the famous Winter Wonderland that takes place around this time of year. You can also visit the Princess Diana memorial or the Rose Garden here during your stroll.
The Welcome Winter campaign was set up by the Royal Parks charity to help get people out into green spaces in the colder months. A part of this includes the Dragonfly Trail, where you’ll see the winged wonders as you traverse the hour-long loop. The path is flat throughout, making it perfect for wheelchair users.
The rolling hills and glistening ponds of Hampstead Heath have led to it being one of London’s most beloved walking locations. Whilst winter typically means less daylight, the darker nights work in your favor here – watching the sun fade from Parliament Hill is the perfect spot to catch the sunset.
The Heath’s hilly terrain also makes it ideal for tobogganing when the snow is thick enough. Simply take a sled with you on your walk and spend the day sliding down the slopes.
One of the most picturesque places in Highgate in North London, Waterlow Park is known for its wide, open space, that boasts spectacular views of the city. There are playgrounds for children around the park (if they’re not already tired out) and a variety of events are usually held there every day.
The park is ideal for those wet winter walks as the paths are all made from concrete, meaning no muddy boots and dirty clothes. There’s also a small shelter where you can take refuge should the weather become torrential.
St James Park
Beautiful St James Park is the oldest of London’s eight Royal Parks and is located in the heart of London, only a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. When this park is covered in fresh snow, it is at its most beautiful.
The park is home to numerous water birds including pelicans, descendants of which were gifted to King Charles II over 400 years ago. This is definitely one of the more unique features of the park – you don’t often see pelicans in London!
These are my top picks of the most beautiful parks in London and I recommend adding at least one to your London Itinerary.
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