London is one of the greenest cities in the world. This may come as a surprise, but London literally has the most green space of any city of its size, with around 35% given over to public parks. For residents this might come as less of a surprise, as most Londoners are very familiar with their favourite outdoor retreats. From Hyde Park to Hampstead Heath, there's always somewhere to go to spend a sunny afternoon or enjoy a wintery walk, with no end of other attractions and landmarks. At Berkeley Group we pride ourselves on our new London developments having great access to the beautiful green spaces the capital has to offer.
However, with so many beautiful parks to choose from, it's easy to take them for granted. If you're looking for somewhere new to explore, take a look at our top five favourite parks below.
One of the capital's most famous and best-loved parks, Hyde Park really does have something for everyone. There are endless pathways for strolling and admiring the scenery, a boating lake, sportsgrounds, horse-riding trails, and even a couple of restaurants. It's also a park full of history and curiosities, such as the Joy of Life Fountain, Speakers' Corner, the Peter Pan statue, and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.
The Regent's Park, to give it its proper name, was designed by the famous architect John Nash in 1811, creating one of London's most beautiful green spaces. It has the feel of an elegant country garden, complete with grand walks, graceful fountains, and a boating lake. It's also home to the famous London Zoo, and central London's largest selection of sports fields, including football, rugby, and cricket grounds.
Once somewhat neglected, Battersea Park has recently been restored to glory, and has become an essential component in local life. Just across from the iconic power station (now a hub of regeneration) the park contains all the perfect ingredients for an urban green space, including a boating lake, sports fields, and a children's zoo. One of the few Thames-side parks in the capital, Battersea Park is easily recognisable from the water thanks to the beautiful Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist monument to peace and tranquillity - exactly what a city park needs.
This East London Park is home to one of the finest views in London, with a gently sloping hill from the Royal Observatory down to the Old Royal Navy College. Maritime history is everywhere here, including the National Maritime Museum, as well as the famous line that marks longitude zero, the source of Greenwich Mean Time. If you head over the hill past the observatory, you'll find the Deer Park, as well as endless pathways and wooded walks to satisfy the most enthusiastic rambler.
It's easy to forget you're in the midst of London's sprawl when you take a stroll through Hampstead Heath, though stumbling upon one of the many stunning views of the city will quickly remind you. Though you'll feel like you're out in the quiet countryside, there's no shortage of things to do. There's the Golders Hill Park Zoo, several different bathing ponds (best left for summer), a raft of sports fields, and the historic Kenwood House.