Six of London’s Best Picnic Spots

31 May 18
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Six of London’s Best Picnic Spots

31 May 18

There’s certainly no shortage of picturesque parks and dramatic skylines for a scenic backdrop to an al-fresco meal in the capital. Our list of London’s prettiest picnic spots will transport you to gorgeous English heritage houses, enchanted woodlands and pristine gardens, each a short Tube trip or stroll from the bus stop. Pack a hamper of British fare (remember the strawberries), tuck a blanket under your arm and head for London’s favourite picnic spots.

Primrose Hill

Prepare to work up an appetite scaling the gentle inclines of Primrose Hill. Counting which of central London’s landmarks you can spy from the top will be worth it, as long as you remembered to bring your lunch. If not, Regent’s Park Road and Gloucester Avenue are home to many a quaint gastropub and there’s always Camden Market for global cuisine to go. The grassy lawns look out over Primrose Hill’s picturesque streets and are close to London Zoo, making this one of London’s top picnic spots for families.

Hampstead Heath

Another leafy North London suburb which claims the best views of Westminster’s cityscape is Hampstead Heath. Gather your picnic accoutrements and head for Gospel Oak, the heath’s nearest train station. From the peak of Parliament Hill, gaze out across Canary Warf, the Gherkin, the Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral. Beautiful Kenwood House, a stately home with an impressive fine art collection, is quickly found in the north of the heath in case of rainy spells.

Hyde Park

Roll out your rug next to Hyde Park’s splendid Serpentine Gallery. The 1805 Grade II-listed pavilion and its smartly landscaped grounds are more than apt surroundings for munching homemade sandwiches and sipping something sparkly in the sun. Stretch your legs scouting the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain or, if the weather is really smiling, cool off with a dip in the lido. Busy Knightsbridge and its luxury shopping precincts are nearby, but they’re all eclipsed by Hyde Park’s tranquil tree-scattered landscapes.

Richmond Park

There’s no chance of throwing frisbees too close to anyone else’s picnic territory in Richmond Park, as it sprawls across a whopping 2,500 acres. Instead, share your day out with the 650 deer that roam free within the park’s grounds. The herds found here are a reason it’s one of London’s favourite picnic spots.

Greenwich Park

If you’re lucky, native deer can also be spotted chewing the cud on Greenwich Park’s grassy banks. Set up camp for the day in one of London’s oldest royal parks. The sweeping hills and fields are ideal for a family ball game or a romantic glass of something special, and on certain days, live music can be heard from the bandstand. The Meridian Line and Royal Observatory are not to be missed, either. These landmarks have served as a reference point for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) since 1884.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Step into the world-famous gardens surrounding Kew Palace for a picnic, and you’ll see spectacular glasshouses containing tropical plants and exotic flowers, lily-padded lakes and intriguing exhibitions that beg to be toured after you’ve eaten. Stay until dark for Kew The Music Festival 2018 (evening picnic concerts, including Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, 10th–15thJuly 2018).

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