Want to live by London's best Parks & Gardens?
Regents ParkRegent's Park is one of London's most popular open spaces, covering 410 acres in north-west London. Originally a hunting ground for Henry VIII, it remained a royals-only retreat long after it was formally designed by John Nash in 1811; only in 1845 did it open to the public as a spectacular shared space. Attractions run from the animal odours and noises of London Zoo to the enchanting Open Air Theatre. Various food and music festivals pitch up here over the summer and rowing boat hire, bandstands, beautiful rose gardens (with some 30,000 roses and 400 varieties), tennis courts, ice-cream stands and eateries (including the delightful Garden Café) complete the picture. Regent’s Park has several playgrounds, but the most interesting is at Hanover Gate where, in 2010, a timber treehouse area for older kids was built within a large sandpit next to the boating lake and existing playground.
Address: London NW1 4NR
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Battersea ParkSituated about three kilometres south of Hyde Park Corner, Battersea Park is considered by many to be the most interesting of all the London Parks. An inner city park with so much variety, hidden secrets, and activities. The Park is registered as grade II within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage for its special historic interest.
Battersea Park was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858. It now has so much going for it that it's almost unfair. What other green space in the capital can boast Thames views, an art gallery (The Pump House) and a zoo. It's so full of variety it's impossible not to stumble upon something new each time you visit. Kids love Battersea Park: the pedalos on the charming, landscaped boating lake, the sights and smells of the walled gardens. Battersea Park’s adventure playground is superb, with plenty of original and imaginatively-built features. The climbing structures, slides and high climbing nets present unusual challenges for children aged 5+, and there’s a separate area for younger kids too. But really, it's all about the animals. An enclosure apparently containing deer (they're elusive) is fun, but Battersea Park's ace is its family-run zoo, complete with lemurs, meerkats and pygmy goats. There's the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home too.
Address: London SW11 4NJ
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Shoreditch ParkShoreditch Park is one of the borough’s largest parks at 7.1 hectares and serves the South of Hackney. It’s well used, offers a wide variety of facilities including public art, and holds a Green Flag award – an award given annually to the best parks in the country. Amenities included are: Football pitch, rugby pitch, beach volleyball court, two ping pong tables, giant boulder for rock climbing, amphitheatre, adventure playground and lots more!
Address: New North Road, Hackney, London, N1 6TA
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Jubilee Park & GardenThis green haven is right smack bang in the middle of London. Located at the foot of the majestic Coca-Cola London Eye, Jubilee Gardens is a landscaped park where visitors can relax and take in the riverside views. Jubilee Gardens underwent a transformation in 2012 to turn it into a soft, green and sustainable park with new flower beds, granite pathways and seating edges, 97 trees and a brand new contemporary playground.
The outdoor space is located within easy walking distance from several London Underground stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Blackfriars and Westminster.
Address: London SE1 7PG
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