The Royal Parks of London
London is notorious for the large amount of open green spaces concentrated on its territory. Some of those parks are small, and some are big. Some are better maintained than others, and the location – the central parts of the capital or in the outskirts of the metropolitan area – varies. But most of them, we cannot disagree, are great.
But as it often happens in life, there are those that are simply better than others. In the case of London, there are several parks that are named Royal, and they deserve this title not only because of the apparent connections to the crown that is shown in their history, but also due to the fact that they are indeed the finest green areas in our city.
- Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London, spreading at 955 hectares. It is a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation and also contains a couple of Grade I listed buildings.
- As far as north-west London parks go, Regent’s Park is definitely a leader. What is particularly nice about is the extensive bandstands and the lake around which people love to sunbathe during summer.
- Go to St James’s Park in Westminster, get on the Blue Bridge and look east – you will witness one of the most beautiful views in central London, with the lake, the tree line and the London Eye in the background. It is truly breathtaking.
- Kensington Gardens were the private gardens of Kensington Palace, now they are all in the public domain, so to speak. In addition to lawns, trees and pathways, here you will find a number of wonderful architectural masterpieces.
- The group of London’s Royal Parks would not have been the same without Hyde Park. Sure, it has the location, the maintenance and the general attractiveness of the landscape that one can expect, but it is most valuable because of its Speaker’s Corner, actually the first on in this tradition of free speech and public debates.
- According to the sources, Greenwich Park was the first among the Royal Parks to be enclosed. This happened in 1433. The River Thames, the Isle of Dogs and the City of London can be seen from there.
- Green Park, the last of the Royal Parks, is a small space between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. It has a central location and the benefit of not being as crowded as the bigger and more popular parks on our list, even on weekends.
The royal parks are places for sports and recreation, silent reflection and public debates. They help us slow down and get off the hassle and stress of our busy day-to-day lives. They have one more positive side to them. According to stats put forward by London’s finest man and van movers, around those areas emerge the most desirable residential and commercial districts in the capital. It is always nice to have a window overlooking a beautiful natural scene, right?