Discover the best parks in London, from Hampstead Heath to Hyde Park and all the hidden gems in between. These are the best parks to take a picnic, kick back and relax.
London Parks Highlights
St James’s Park might not be the biggest or the flashiest but it is the oldest of London’s eight Royal Parks and the perfect place for picnic, unless you’re afraid of the birds that is. Not only do the famous pelicans take roost on Duck Island but there’s also 17 other species of birds flapping about. But of course all that bird watching is thirsty work, so once you’ve ruffled enough feathers and erm, not taken a pic outside Buckingham Palace, get stuck into that spread.
We’ve always thought an awesome sunny day on London Fields in Hackney is like a mini festival, except without the live music. The atmosphere is always great and everyone seems to just get along. It’s one of the only parks you can BBQ in and Broadway Market is right nearby in case you run out of supplies.
The best thing about Holland Park is the Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991. A perfect, tranquil and romantic spot for a picnic we feel. Inside the park are all sorts of summer activities from football, golf, cricket and netball… should keep you going way after the sun goes down.
So everyone knows about Hampstead Heath but it’s still the place to go for a picnic. Not only is it massive, so plenty of room for everyone, but you get mega views from the top of Parliament Hill, you’ve got the ponds and a lido for when you wanna take a dip and it’s a lovely walk up to Kenwood House.