This post was most recently updated on June 27th, 2018
If you’re planning on spending a few days in London, there are many ways to fill your time. Apart from cultural attractions, architecture, cathedrals, markets, and shops to visit, you can spend some time away from the crush of the city in one of London’s many parks.
There are eight Royal Parks in London, and these are the largest, most extravagant, and beautiful parks in the sprawling city, including the world-famous Hyde Park. In addition to these royal eight are dozens more smaller and more intimate parks and green spaces.
These smaller, more obscure parks are more likely to be quiet, so if you’re looking for a solitary escape from the crush of touring the city, one of the smaller parks might be more your style.
We’ve assembled a list of the 20 greatest parks and green spaces in London, including the 8 Royal Parks, plus 12 smaller parks that range from rooftop gardens to small, urban community gardens.
No matter which park or parks you choose to visit on your stay in London, you’re sure to find beauty, culture, and a quiet space to breathe deeply and relax. Bring a book and relax against an ancient tree or spend an hour or two in quiet contemplation at one of many memorials. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy a quiet, nature-filled afternoon.
1. Regent’s Park
The Regent’s Park is one of the Royal Parks of London, and lies partially within the City of Westminster. It’s most often visited for the London Zoo, but also features beautiful rose gardens. While visiting, you can also see the Regent’s University London.