Originally a hunting ground for the elites, Hyde Park was opened to the public in 1637 by King Charles I. There are historical landmarks galore, including the Serpentine Lake, Speaker’s Corner, and the Diana Princess of Wales memorial fountain. So by visiting Hyde Park, you are essentially seeing 3 of London’s top attractions in one-go!
Regents Park abounds with activities to entertain, from strolling through its many flower gardens including to grabbing a bite at one of the many restaurants and cafes. It is wonderful for the entire family to enjoy, with the London Zoo for the children and the roses for the adults. Best of all? Regents Park is free to enter in one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the world!
Having inspired the creation of Peter Pan, the 265-arce Kensington Palace Gardens is now home to a bronze statue of Pan. The Albert Memorial is situated in the Gardens, commemorating Prince Consort Albert, Queen Victoria’s beloved husband who died from typhoid fever at 42. Peter Pan’s ever-youthful glory seems to contrast with Prince Albert’s early death, forming the perfect setting for a solemn view of the Kensington Palace in its west.
Donated by the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce, the Kyoto Gardens are without the doubt the reason of any visit to Holland Park. Abounding with Koi carps and peacocks, the Gardens showcase Japanese beauty in a stereotypically British park. Besides Kyoto Garden, Holland Park also features open-air shows and operas which can be enjoyed by all.
Built for the pragmatic purpose of enhancing health in the then overcrowded city of London, Victoria Park has remained ever popular among locals, receiving 9 million visits annually and winning multiple awards. It is perfect for those who wants like enjoy the typical British weekend outing for a truly immersive experience.
One of Europe’s best-maintained houses of the period, Ham House boasts of formal gardens and walled kitchen garden that showcases its 17th-century legacy. Combined with its historical background as a gift from King Charles I to his friend William and the lovely Cherry Garden Bacchus statue, Ham House and its Garden is perfect for those who enjoy architectural elegance and backstory.
Popular among herds of deer and crowds of tourist alike, the Hampton Court Palace Gardens is known for its spectacular summer displays when the flowers and plants flourish, and its rich red, brown and orange tint in autumn. The Gardens also feature one of England’s largest and oldest hedge mazes dating back to the 17th century. If not for the existence of Spring and Winter, the Hampton Court Palace Gardens could easily rise to the top of any Gardens list.
As a garden, one must first mention Osterly Park and Garden’s beautiful ornamental flowers and vegetable beds. Yet, it is Osterly House which is truly the draw, as the window into the past including original furnishings, galleries and rooms. The house is so accurately preserved that it is often used for filming for historical films and period pieces.
If parks can be hoarders, it is very likely that Syon Park Garden would be featured on Discovery’s TLC for its tree collection. It is an amateur botanist’s paradise, with trees from North America, Asia, and other places around of the world, with twenty specimens being largest of their kind in the United Kingdom. Syon Park Garden is also home to many wild animals, serving as a habitat conservation for an otherwise urbanised London.
30,000 species and 7 million specimens, the Kew Gardens are without a doubt a must-see for any amateur botanist or gardener. It has one of the world’s largest herbariums and world class attractions including The Hive, a beehive-like building where children can learn all about the life of bees.