It’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of city life in London- even as a tourist- but London also has an amazing variety of picnic spots perfect for you to stop and watch the world go by.
Even in one of the busiest cities in the world offer acres of picturesque picnic spots perfect for laying down the picnic blanket and enjoying a day-out or a moment or two to enjoy your takeaway lunch in between sight-seeing. Here is a list of some of the best picnic spots in London to get you inspired this summer.
1.Greenwich Park- South East London
Home to the Prime Meridian- the reference line for Greenwich Mean Time, Greenwich Park is 183 acres of Royal park land where you can picnic in two time zones and also enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the city from the top of hill. After tucking into your sandwiches, why not visit the Royal Observatory to explore space and time, or check out the locals at The Wilderness- a deer park home to fallow deer and red deer as well as other wildlife
Nearest tube station- Greenwich (DLR)
Stay: Hotels near Greenwich
2.Hyde Park- Central London
Set over 350 acres right in the heart of London, Hyde Park offers the best of both worlds; hosting world-class concerts, while boasting plenty of green open spaces for visitors to relax and unwind. Find a nice spot in the sun for a picnic or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, try a pedal boat on the lake, play some tennis on one of the free tennis courts or enjoy the views around the park on horseback. Hyde Park is also home to the Diana Memorial fountain and a host to lots of wildlife. Rumoured sightings have included a black swan, egyptian geese and a buzzard. Hyde Park is also the home of Speakers Corner; a site known historically for hosting influential social speakers and historical figures who debated, marched and rallied from this spot on many social issues. Visit on a Sunday morning and you may find crowds gathered here to hear an enthusiastic campaigner airing their views.
Nearest tube station- Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line)
Stay: Hotels in Central London
3.Regents Park- North West London
Home to London Zoo, one of London’s most popular attractions, this spacious park also has plenty of space to sit and watch the world go by with a picnic. As well as plenty of open spaces, there’s also an open air theatre where you can enjoy spectacular shows throughout the summer months. This park while hosting hundreds of tourists, is also host to a hundred species of birdlife and hedgehogs so keep your eyes peeled while exploring the park.
Nearest tube station- Regents Park (Bakerloo Line)
Stay: Hotels in North London
4.Hampstead Heath- North West London
Enjoy your picnic with an amazing view of the Capital atop Parliament Hill. After you’ve recharged your batteries, go for a walk around the park and discover the butterfly house and zoo, or if it’s sunny, the open air Lido provides the perfect place to cool down. If you or the kids are feeling active, there are many sports facilities and playgrounds to enjoy as a family.
Nearest tube station- Hampstead (Northern Line)
Stay: Hotels in North London
5.St James’s Park- Central London
Turn your picnic into a royal banquet at the park that has been at the centre of royal and ceremonial life in the Capital for more than 400 years. Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall all surround this colourful park and if you visit Horse Guards Parade, you may even spot one of the iconic guards, or get to witness the ceremonial Trooping the Colour which is traditionally held for the Queens birthday. The park also boasts colourful flower beds and a beautiful lake that is home to one of the parks oldest wildlife residents- the pelican. Pelicans have lived at the park for 400 years and love to laze about on the lake, although they are free to roam, so keep an eye on your tuna sarnie!
Nearest tube station- St James’s Park (Circle or District Line)
Stay: Hotels in Central London
6.Bushy Park- South London
Another one of the Capital’s eight royal parks, Bushy Park is linked to Hampton Court Palace- once the home of King Henry VIII- and is known for its wonderful mix of waterways, gardens and grassland, and is also home to herds of red and fallow deer. Enjoy a peaceful picnic anywhere in the huge 1000 acre expanse and see if you can spot any of the birdlife such as kingfishers, woodpeckers and kestrels that call this place their home.
Nearest train station- Hampton Court/Teddington/Hampton Wick (trains run from Waterloo station)
Stay: Hotels in South London
7.Battersea Park- South London
A great choice for the kids. Enjoy a picnic South of the Thames where you can find a sunny spot and settle down for the afternoon while your kids can ‘Go Ape’ at the adventure park, or discover a whole menagerie at the Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. Have a wonder around the park and you will find the victorian bandstand which hosts a variety of live music, fairs and charity events throughout the year. The park is also home to the London Peace Pagoda; an impressive gold- clad monument representing the Buddha’s life and teachings that was gifted to the City of London in 1984.
Nearest tube station- Battersea (Overground)
Stay: Hotels near Battersea
8.Holland Park- West London
Visit this quiet and unassuming park for a picnic spot with Eastern inspiration. Holland park surrounds an old Jacobean mansion and hosts an elaborate Japanese-style Kyoto Garden which was donated to the Capital in 1991 and has a picturesque waterfall feature. Adventurous families will not want to miss the extensive climbing equipment, zip wire and playgrounds on offer to burn energy. In the summer months, open air theatre and opera are staged in the park.
Nearest tube station- High Street Kensington (Circle or District Line)
Stay: Hotels in West London
9.Southwark Park- South London
Opened in 1869, this quiet and cosy park in Southwark hosts 25 acres of grassland perfect for a picnic. Free tennis courts and many other sports facilities are on offer for families to enjoy on a lovely sunny afternoon. There’s also a pretty rose garden and a lake to have a stroll around after lunch.
Nearest tube station- Surrey Quays (Overground)
Stay: Hotels in Southwark
10.Crystal Palace Park- South London
This quirky park not only hosts a perfect place for your picnic, but is also home to some residents of the prehistoric kind. After lunch, an explore around the park will bring you face to face with dinosaur statues that lurk in the trees. These prehistoric statues have been resident at the park since Victorian times and prove a huge hit with younger visitors. After your jurassic journey, visit the Crystal Palace museum to find out more about the dinosaurs and the history of the park itself. The park is also home to a children’s farm, a maze and a playground to keep the kids entertained.
Nearest tube station- Crystal Palace (Overground)
Stay: Hotels near Crystal Palace