It’s one of those secrets that its denizens would rather keep for themselves. With roaming deer, bats and ancient trees among its rare species, power riding, horse riding, golf or simply afternoon tea at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park is the perfect spot to get lost in for a day.
Strictly speaking, it’s a botanical garden, but its royal patronage spans back decades. The journey to Britain’s oldest botanical gardens might be far, but the rewards are unforgettable. From the tropical flora in Kew’s iconic Victorian glasshouse to a Treetop Walkway and The Arboretum – a living library of over 14,000 trees, a trip to Kew Gardens is a true journey of discovery.
If there’s one park you simply must - and can easily - reach this summer it is Hyde Park. Flanked by London’s most exclusive roads and districts - Notting Hill, Kensington, Knightsbridge and Park Lane, you can explore this miraculous park on horseback, by boat, bicycle, on skates or on foot - among its hidden gems lie the Serpentine Gallery, Diana Memorial Fountain and Speaker’s Corner. Or you can simply pass an afternoon in the sun in this life-affirming quintessential English park.
Set in the heart of the city, bordering Buckingham Palace, Green Park affords verdant respite from the buzzing city life surrounding this green and pleasant space. Grab a seat on one of its signature deck chairs and watch London life go by – best accompanied by a picnic hamper from nearby Fortnum and Mason, of course.
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