The London parks are always a pleasant and relaxing place to visit, but for families with children they are places not to be missed. In the parks there are usually playgrounds for children, areas equipped for picnics and many small animals to observe including birds and small squirrels. In the city center you can stroll or visit with your bicycle the spectacular Hyde Park, full of trees, lakes, green meadows and a splendid rose garden.
The Serpentine, which divides Hyde Park from Kensington Gardens, is a vast lake where birds, goslings and ducks can be admired. Next to Hyde Park there are also Kensington Gardens, and around Buckingham Palace the Green Park and St. James’s Park where you can admire the pelicans bathing in the park lake. In Kensington Gardens there is the themed playground dedicated to Peter Pan where a wooden pirate galleon shows off.
North of Hyde Park is Regent’s Park where you can visit the famous London Zoo. In this park there are equipped sports areas of all kinds. There are ponds, gardens, a rose garden and a playground. To the south of the Thames is Battersea Park, a park suitable for walking. There are playgrounds for children and the Battersea Children’s Zoo, where you can meet monkeys, lemurs, meerkats, otters, birds and other animals.
THE FIRST PUBLIC PARK OF LONDON: VICTORIA PARK
Northeast of central London is London’s first historic public city park, Victoria Park. On the outskirts of North London is the vast Hampstead Heath from which there are spectacular views of the English capital. This is the ideal place for walking, picnicking or playing with kites.
While the oldest Royal park in London is Greenwich Park, which surrounds the famous Greenwich Royal Observatory and is located in the southeastern part of the city south of the Thames. From this park you have spectacular views of London and the River Thames. Here is a nice playground for children and the oldest of London’s deer parks The Wilderness – Deer Park. In Richmond Park Royal Park you can watch the deer grazing freely. Also in this park there are also cycle paths, and it is possible to go horseback riding or play golf.
THE LONDON EYE
A spectacular attraction for young and old is the London Eye, the majestic rotating Ferris wheel that allows you to admire a breathtaking view of the whole of central London. In another corner of the city center, even with the Emirates Air Line cable car, the London cable car that crosses the Thames, you can admire London from a privileged position. This modern cable car crosses the London River between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks.
Among the spectacular London botanical parks is especially Kew Gardens with a unique collection of plants from all continents. Children will be fascinated by the section dedicated to carnivorous plants. UNESCO has included the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew among the World Heritage Sites. After a relaxing break in these beautiful parks you could offer your children a visit they will never want to give up, that is to visit one of the futuristic English football stadiums. If you want, you can visit one of the instructive London museums. Most of London’s parks are part of the Royal Parks.