Public Nature Parks in London

Some beautiful greens to feast your eyes, legs and lungs on in some of the most spectacular parks in London

Hampstead Heath

Offering a slice (790 acres) of countryside in north London with phenomenal views of the famous London skyline

Regent’s Park

A royally good and massive central London park with rose gardens & home of the Open-Air Theatre & London Zoo

Victoria Park

An east London gem with its own boating lake for you to row and pedalo amongst the Swans and a slice of nature

Richmond Park

A major nature reserve with wild deer to spot and a local favourite for exercise, games and picnics as well as nature trails

Battersea Park

A 200 acre Victorian riverside park with pagoda and hidden gardens built between 1854 and 1870 south of the Thames


Hampstead Heath map

Hampstead Heath

Peaking at around 100metres it is one of the higher points in London and the south eastern part ‘Parliament Hill’ provides a view over London

There are three open-air public swimming pools which were originally reservoirs for drinking water by which Lakeside concerts are often held in the warmer summer months

Once you’ve taken a refreshing dip, there is plenty to see in and around Hampstead Heath including the Hampstead Museum and a vast number of historical and architecturally obscure buildings and houses

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Hampstead, London

Hours

Open 24/7

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Regent's Park

Regent’s Park

Originally reserved for hunting for Henry VIII’s entertainment, Regent’s Park was officially opened to the public in 1841 and remains one of the most popular large parks in London, hosting all manner of events throughout the year as well as being publicly accessible to enjoy the grounds and boating lake where you can hire a pedalo or rowing boat

You’ll also find the Open-Air Theatre and London Zoo here within the park grounds making it possible to easily spend a whole day here when the sun is (rarely) shining in London

With various gardens, landscapes, wildlife and playgrounds, Regent’s Park is a must to take a little time out if you’re in London with the family

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London NW1 4NR

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Open 24/7

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Victoria Park

Victoria Park

The first park in London built specifically for the public in 1841 after the East End development of the docks and industry in the area

When Queen Victoria visited the Park in 1873, which she helped create along with Parliament, the park was named after her

Victoria Park is home to the Victoria Park Community Cricket League, and there are cricket nets as well as a cricket ground for those in a sporty mood

Victoria Park is another major park in London that host various festivals and events throughout the year, but on a normal day you can still go down to the boating lake and float amongst the swans in the boating lake or take the family to the playground within the park grounds

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62 Long Ln, London N3 2PX

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Weekdays – 7am to dusk
Weekends – 7am to dusk

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Richmond Park

Richmond Park

Covering an area of 2,500 acres with an impressive view of St. Paul’s Cathedral over 12 miles away, Richmond is one of the largest parks and nature reserves in London, although it quite out from the city over to the western outskirts of Greater London

To escape the plague in 1625, Charles I moved to Richmond Palace and subsequently created the park as a reserve to all manner of deer, which are still living there to this day

Richmond Park is a local favourite for exercise, sport & wild frolicking

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Address

Richmond, London

Hours

Weekdays – 7am to dusk
Weekends – 7am to dusk

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Battersea Park

Battersea Park

Originally opened in 1858 on the southern bank of the Thames after being reserved to grow lavender and asparagus, the park went on the be the site of the famous duel between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchilsea

Today, aside from the stunning greenery, it’s home to an exhibition centre (Battersea Evolution), children’s zoo, tennis courts, bowling greens, cricket pitches, a boating lake, 3 separate themed gardens and The Peace Pagoda built in 1985 right by the river’s edge

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London SW11 4NJ

Hours

Weekdays – 8am to 10pm
Weekends – 8am to 10pm

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