Enchanting colours of spring make London so cheerful, but not only. It becomes a true fairy tale, especially at these gorgeous parks. Don’t miss the tranquil moments in some of the London parks between your busy schedule. I’ve only been in London during spring, but I would love to explore it during autumn and Christmas time.
London bursts with parks that you would need one week just to immerse yourself in its blossoms. London parks will shine with pure magic, even if you’re not visiting the iconic Kew Gardens.
Parks that cover London create unique stories and deserve a special approach. The greenery of a city makes it a happy place, something more smooth to connect with. If you don’t know which one to choose, I’ll make it an easier horizont.
See also: Cotswolds, the charming day trip from London into English countryside
The iconic park in London is one of the largest at its pure centre. It’s one of the four royal parks and the most obvious choice for many tourists.
Hyde Park gathers many activists, where protests take the word. Speaker’s Corner is popular for various events, especially regarding protests.
Some open-air concerts happen in the fantastic ambience of Hyde Park. Since the 1890s Hyde Park opened the concert vibes. Many popular bands performed in Hyde Park, such as Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Queen and etc.
Hyde Park looks fabulous during sunset time while gorgeous colours pour at the lake. Just chilling is enough, but many people adore playing games and sports here.
You can reach Hyde Park directly from Buckingham Palace and the metro station Hyde Park Corner. On the other side close to metro Lancaster, you can enjoy the elegance of the Italian gardens.
Hyde Park unfortunately lacks the cherry blossoms, but delights with its roses.
A little bit of history
Hyde Park takes its roots in 1536. thanks to Henry VIII. He established the park for hunting, but only a century after opened it to the public. It was a deer park, only existing as a private property.
The name derives from the Manor of Hyde, which occupied today’s Park. It was under the possession of Westminster Abbey.
The English Civil War in 1642 brought several fortifications, such as Marble Arch and Mount Street.
The Great Plague of London gave a new function to Hyde Park as it became a military camp in 1665.
The May Day celebrations developed strong popularity throughout the years.
Kensington Palace at the far corners of Hyde Park became the home of William III.
Numerous cultural events started with Great Fair in 1814. Victoria Cross covering the prestigious awards followed in 1857.
Winter Wonderland is nowadays a pretty popular event since 2007.
St. James Park
With its notable location just near Buckingham Palace, St. James Park honours its delightful appearance. The Westminster, Mall and Horse Guards Parade embraces its other side.
Its tranquil images pour the shine along the large lake with two islands. It’s suitable to watch the birds, like pelicans that reside here for more than 400 years.
The flower beds frame the elegance of Buckingham Palace, especially the narcissus in March. Chilling at the St. James’s Caffe offers the pure allure of this royal park. The roof terrace brings stunning views of the lake, fountain and lush greenery.
Blooms in St. James Park
The treasure of this royal park touches the varieties of blooms, among which are daises, lavender, bluebells, and roses. The golden shine of St. James Park shapes daffodils as their leading note. Tulips measure their presence also in divine notes.
At its North, lies London’s pearl of elegance and blooms- Regent’s Park. The adjacent Primrose Hill offers the delighting views of London. The Regent Park got its name due to Prince Regent (afterwards King George IV).
The Regent’s Park is popular for locals and tourists alike, bursting with activities. The most alluring area belongs to Queen Mary’s Rose Garden. The gracious stroll at Avenue Gardens amazes with the lovely fountains in Victorian style.
The large lake offers relaxing moments, where you can enjoy a boat ride. The children’s lake is a special kind of fun, with its own pedal boats. Various playgrounds intertwine with sport fields, such as tennis courts.
Several eateries will pave your path as you enjoy the lovely Boat caffe.
Regent’s Garden hosts the annual festivals like Taste of London or Frieze Art Fair. Japanese Garden Island is an enchanting hidden gem.
London Zoo inside the Regent’s Park
The rich collection at London Zoo belongs to one of the largest in UK. Stretching at the northeast side of Regent’s Park, it exists since 1828.
At first the scientific centre, London Zoo became a public space in 1847. Hosting more than 750 species, the most popular are penguins, lions, giraffes, and zebras.
London Zoo also offers feeding events and daily lectures.
Blooms in Regent’s Park
The pink fantasy of Regent’s Park is so alive during the cherry blossom time. Regent’s Park is full of tulips that sing their soft melodies.
Don’t miss the famous roses, of course.
Stretching along the river Thames in south London, Battersea is a lovely and large park. Bursting with the offer, it’s such a historic place taking roots in 1858.
Its most famous attractions include the Peace pagoda, art gallery and a large lake. There’s also a Children’s Zoo.
The gardens graciously unite the most diverse styles from tropical, Old English Garden, Herb garden and others. The Winter Garden shows another perspective of life. The pure allure belongs to Rosery Garden. The elegant glory dwells in the Russell Page Garden and shows the talent of famous architect. Battersea Park is full of crocuses in early spring. Divine charm of cherry blossoms fills the air too.
Ravenscourt Park is a historical area lying next to Hammersmith. This picturesque ambience offers a lovely wander along the lake, walled garden and more.
Tennis and basketball courts give visitors the throne of outdoor adventure, just like the football fields.
Ravenscourt Park pulls its roots in 1747, when Thomas Corbett bought the house in the area.
Ravenscourt Park delights with early daffodils.
There’s much more that needs to be said about London parks, which I still need to explore. The greenery of London bursts at its parks and we cannot deny it.
In all seasons London parks can offer something, from enchanting blooms to tranquil winter walks. All corners of London have their relaxing spots. It’s your sign to discover more than the surface and take some off time in London parks.
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Amazing that all these beautiful places are right on my doorstop essentially! I love Hyde Park. I saw the Foo Fighters there in 2006, was incredible (but so busy!)
Fransic verso says
Good places that we can visit. I’m going to add them to the list when traveling to London soon this year. Thank you for sharing!
Molly | Transatlantic Notes says
I used to live in London and absolutely loved all the parks in the Spring and Summer (although they are wonderful all year too). This was a really nice reminder about visiting the parks and I highly recommend anyone reading your post to go if they get the chance. Thanks for sharing!
Laurie Griggs says
Thanks for sharing a bit of spring from London, my favorite city. I love Hyde Park and used to live in South Ken as a student back in the day. Enjoy the blooms !
Roselne Beusch says
thanks for sharing, I have never visited London in spring,but after reading your post,I have put this is my to do list, luckily, my easter holidays are coming up, since I had nothing planned, I will be visiting London.
Great choice of parks, and I like that you included Ravenscourt Park. A litte hidden gem..
So many beautiful parks in London. I’d love to see a concert in Hyde Park
These all sounds like lovely places. Thank you for the great pictures and suggestions. Hopefully I can explore them someday!
Nile Flores says
Wow! I’m having a memory lane moment! Here’s a another fact about Hyde Park – the children’s song Ring around the rosey, pocket full of posey, ashes, ashes, we all fall down – began there during the plague. It’s also a burial ground from the thousands that died during the Black plague.
Kirsten Smith says
Such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!
I haven’t spent much time in the parks of London. A good reason to go back!
What a wonderful place to visit! Between the beauty of the surroundings and all the history – it would be a dream trip for me.
Teresa Maria says
Ahh, I so miss London in Spring time! Maybe I should book flights and come visit some friends, it’s been too long… This post definitely gave me some new energy to start considering flying over to enjoy the Spring blooms, thank you for that!
Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog
kayleigh Zara says
I always enjoy visiting London during the spring, and my past few visits to Hyde Park have been truly wonderful! These all sound lovely x
Her Digital Coffee says
I would love to visit these parks one day. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos and the history behind each park!
I’ve always wanted to visit London, and even more so now! These parks are beautiful with so much history. Springtime seems like the perfect time to visit so you can catch the beautiful spring blossoms!
Following the Rivera says
These are such lovely parks in London. I really like Hyde Park and Regents Park, so classic and so beautiful too.