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Your Royal Parks guide

London’s Royal Parks

By Natasha Berman

Explore the charm of London’s Royal Parks, where centuries of history blend with lush landscapes

Main image: Chris O’Donovan, Kensington Gardens
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Bushy Park

Bushy Park displays both history and natural beauty with its roots tracing back to the Tudor period. This royal park is famed for its Diana Fountain, a majestic water feature made of bronze. It also boasts a rich WWⅡ heritage, as it was the headquarters where General Dwight D. Eisenhower planned the D-Day landings. Lose yourself in the park’s enchanting woodland gardens, serene ponds, and beautiful tree avenues.

Bushy Diana Fountain
Image: Mark Laing, Grey Wolf
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The Green Park

The Green Park, established by King Charles Ⅱ, is beloved by sunbathers and picnickers for its expansive grassy areas. This park is also home to three war memorials: the Canada Memorial, the Bomber Command Memorial, and the Memorial Gates, honouring the contributions of Commonwealth nations and aircrews during the World Wars.

 

Image: Mark Laing, Grey Wolf
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Greenwich Park

One of London’s oldest parks, Greenwich Park, offers breathtaking views of the city skyline from the top of its highest hill. At the park’s heart lies the Royal Observatory, making it the starting point of the Greenwich Prime Meridian. Additionally, the park features remains of a Roman temple and beautifully maintained flower gardens.

Image: Mark Laing, Grey Wolf
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Hyde Park

Hyde Park, affectionately known as “The People’s Park”, offers panoramic lakeside paths and vibrant waterfront cafés. The park is home to the iconic Speakers’ Corner, where figures such as Karl Marx once debated. Hosts of the Great Exhibition of 1851, Hyde Park showcased the marvels of the Victorian Era.

Image: Mark Laing, Grey Wolf
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Kensington Gardens

Envisioned by Queen Charlotte as a picturesque retreat, the Kensington Gardens is a lush sanctuary renowned for its charming floral walks and historic tree avenues. This park is home to landmarks such as the Albert Memorial and the Italian Gardens, offering a scenic escape that captures the essence of royal heritage.

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Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill

Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill offer natural beauty and recreational space, with the largest outdoor sports area in the city. This park also boasts expansive grasslands perfect for picnicking and a tranquil lake that houses a range of birds. At the top of Primrose Hill, you will find the iconic panoramic views of London’s skyline.

Image: Mark Laing, Grey Wolf
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Richmond Park

Richmond Park is renowned for its scenic Tamsin Trail which meanders through ancient woodlands and offers breathtaking views. Nestled within the park is Pembroke Lodge, an elegant retreat with tea rooms and gardens. This royal park combines historic charm and vibrant wildlife for an unforgettable visit.

Image: Mark Laing, Grey Wolf
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St. James’s Park

St. James’s Park is the quintessential royal park with its pelicans gliding across the lake and a legacy dating back to the 17th century. Nestled in the heart of London, this park is adorned with landmarks such as the Horse Guards Parade, Admiralty Arch, and views of Buckingham Palace. Its grounds are adorned with meticulously cared-for grounds and wildlife.

Image: Chris O’Donovan
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Brompton Cemetery

The striking Victorian masterpiece, Brompton Cemetery, hosts gothic monuments and is encircled by majestic lime trees with vibrant wildflowers. This historic cemetery is the resting place of notable figures such as Dr. John Snow and features celebrated architectural details. Visitors can explore pathways, enjoy refreshments at the cafe, and dive into its rich history at the info centre.

Image: Chris O’Donovan
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Victoria Tower Gardens

Victoria Tower Gardens is a peaceful green space along the Albert Embankment, featuring significant memorials honouring key political movements in British history. Visitors can also enjoy stunning views of the iconic Houses of Parliament and the lively Horseferry Playground. The park’s landscaped gardens offer a perfect spot for both reflection and recreation.

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