Summer is a time for being outdoors in the sun, seeing friends, and organising a picnic…
With the reopening of the country and the relaxation of Coronavirus restrictions, sunset on lockdown allows London to breathe (literally) fresh air. Summer air. It is time to enjoy the blue skies and explore the capital by foot and enjoy the city’s green spaces.
But few things are more appropriate in summer than a London picnic! So, dig out the basket, give the checked blanket a good shake, and call up family and friends to enjoy some of the most picturesque locations the city has to offer, always remembering to follow the correct guidelines and act responsibly.
In North London, Alexandra Palace Park offers spectacular views from Canary Wharf to St Paul’s Cathedral. If you prefer, instead of taking food from home, you can get a great bite to eat from one of the food stations at the farmer’s market.
You can even combine two different outings to make your day complete: visit Chelsea Physic Garden; the botanical garden has a collection of more than medicinal and edible 5,000 plants, before relaxing on the lawn with your lunch.
The vast green spaces and wooded areas on Hampstead Heath are perfect for unwinding and enjoying a delightful picnic atop Parliament Hill, which offers breath-taking views of the London skyline.
Phoenix Garden, in the middle of the West End, is one of London’s best kept secrets: a tranquil garden perfect for al fresco dining. Often people frequent the space to enjoy some outdoor dining before taking in a show in London’s “Theatreland”.
Thames Barrier Park, located in the Royal Docks in the Newham neighbourhood, offers visitors wildlife, a children’s playground, a basketball court and several picnic areas. There is also a cafe overlooking the river in case you need to grab something extra.
The nature trails at the Horniman Museum and Gardens are a great way to observe local wildlife. On sunny days, you can picnic in the gazebo terrace. But what if the heavens open suddenly? Worry not! Take shelter in the Dutch Barn, a covered picnic area.
Located on the north side of Regent’s Park, take it the sunset on Primrose Hill while nibbling on a sandwich or playing with the kids.
An old church, which was destroyed during WWII, has been transformed into beautiful and welcoming gardens, making St Dunstan-in-the-East the perfect spot for a family picnic, midway between London Bridge and the Tower of London.