Find out more about three fantastic London parks for fun and relaxation
Whether you are after a spot of relaxation, exercise, a picnic or a romantic afternoon, London’s parks attract as many locals as they do tourists, thanks to their picturesque settings, complete with ancient woods and grand old houses. However, these attractions are just a couple of the reasons why people visit the city’s famous parks.
1 – Hampstead Heath
Located in northwest London, Hampstead Heath is vast; taking in plenty of natural beauty over the course of its 300 hectares, with walking trails, gardens, fields, woods and historical mansions.
Londoners particularly enjoy the park in the summer months, with families able to spend the weekend picnicking in the fresh air, surrounded by countryside.
2 – Ascott House and English gardens
In the county of Buckinghamshire, in the northwest of London, lies one of the most beautiful gardens in the county. Visiting Ascott mansion will take you back to the 18th century, when the house was just another rural property. However, in 1800, the property was sold and transformed into a rural mansion, being used as a country retreat and party house during the hunting season.
The heirs to the family who bought the property still enjoy the benefits of such a grand house, and receive incentives from the National Trust for the property’s upkeep. The National Trust is an NGO, which works to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage. Hence the mansion’s opening its doors to the public during the summer.
3 – Regent’s Park and its splendid natural beauty
Situated in the capital’s northwest and covering 197 hectares, Regent’s Park is a jewel in the crown, belonging to the Royal Family since the 17th century.
Located in a sought-after suburb and surrounded by large houses and neoclassical Georgian mansions, the park exudes levity and tranquillity with its gardens, fountains, greenery and wonderful flower arrangements all around its grounds. The park is divided into florid areas, open squares, walkways, and lakeside trails which lead to London Zoo, as well as an open-air theatre, popular during the summer.