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Best picnic spots in south west London and Surrey

Grab that sunshine while it lasts with a great al fresco lunch

We are lucky enough to have plenty of green and pleasant places on our doorsteps. Here’s our pick of where to head to with your picnic basket…

Canbury Park, Kingston

With the river running alongside it, Canbury Park is a great place to pitch up for the afternoon. The gorgeous spot has been made even better in recent years with a fabulous outdoor cafe, Canbury Secret, so save space after your picnic for its delicious gelato. Kids can burn off steam in the nearby playground, and, thanks to the initiative of the Canbury Community Trust, there is a  sports pitch for all with footy goals and basketball hoops.

Getting there: Kingston station is around a 10-minute walk away.

Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon

A Grade II listed park due to some of the beautiful and rare plants around it, Cannizaro is a lovely spot for a sunny afternoon. Kids can check out the aviary, with the likes of cockatiels and canaries, and you can walk off that picnic with a stroll around the sunken garden, water garden, and Mediterranean garden. Read up on the wildlife courtesy of Friends of Cannizaro Park.

Getting there: The 93 bus stops close to the common with Cannizaro Park a 10 minute walk away.

Box Hill, Tadworth

Part of the North Downs, Box Hill has views stretching for miles, and is a lovely location for a picnic and a walk, from a gentle stroll to an eight-mile hike. The area is rich in butterflies so go on a nature trail and bring your camera.

Getting there: Box Hill station is  half a mile away.

(pictured, top, (c) Box Hill – National Trust Images / John Miller

Battersea Park

While it may be crammed with attractions – there is a zoo, a children’s playground and a contemporary art gallery – you can find a peaceful spot in Battersea Park for a picnic. Head towards the pagoda near the river for an idyllic place to eat.

Getting there: Queenstown Road station or Battersea Park station are approximately a 10-minute walk to the Rosary Gate entrance where you can take a pleasant stroll around the lake.

Terrace Gardens, Richmond

This steep terrace is a lovely location with formal planting and a good stopping off point on longer walks between Richmond Park and the river. There’s also river views, and areas designed to attract wildlife.

Getting there: A 65 or 371 bus will get you close to the gardens between Richmond Hill and Petersham Road.

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