Places to Picnic this Spring In the City

16/03/2015

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HAMPSTEAD HEATH 

North London

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How to Get There:

Tube: Hampstead / Kentish Town

Rail: Hampstead Heath

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Why We Love It: 

Wild and undulating, the grassy sprawl of Hampstead Heath makes a wonderfully untamed contrast to the manicured lawns and flowerbeds found elsewhere in the capital. Stretching across 791 acres of woodland with playing fields, swimming ponds and meadows of tall grass in north London from Hampstead to Highgate. Hampstead has provided the inspiration for countless films, books and poems. On hot summer days, the Hampstead Ponds are perfect for a refreshing dip, while the dizzying heights of Parliament Hill provide a popular destination for kite-fliers when the weather turns breezy.

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VICTORIA PARK

East London

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How to Get There:

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground

Rail: London Fields / Cambridge Heath Rail

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Why We Love It: 

Thanks to £12 million worth of pre-Olympics makeover, Victoria Park is looking better than ever this Spring! The Chinese pagoda that popped up last spring in the middle of the East Lake is still looking grand – stroll over the newly built bridge for a side of serenity. Of a weekend afternoon, most passerbyers will be walking off brunches from the park’s own Pavilion Café or nearby Broadway Market. More determined fitness enthusiasts head for the football pitches, cricket nets and tennis courts. You’ll also spot people slack-lining (much like tight-rope walking), practising tai chi and attempting frightening tricks at the skatepark.

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GREENWICH PARK

South London

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How to Get There:

Bus: 53 / 117 / 180 / 286

Rail: Cutty Sark DLR / Greenwich

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Why We Love It: 

Greenwich Park boasts the honour of being the oldest enclosed Royal Park. Formerly a hunting ground for Henry VIII, the park still maintains a 13-acre grassland enclosure, which provides an urban sanctuary for deer, foxes and over 70 species of bird. One of the largest green spaces in south east London, Greenwich Park has so many goodies, including, but not limited to, child-friendly boating lake, six tennis courts and the National Maritime Museum just on the perimeter. The Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park is home to the Greenwich Meridian Line which represents the prime meridian, relative to which world time is calculated and the distance to every place on Earth is measured. If that is not enough to impress, we believe the views from the top of the hill are spectacular!

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HOLLAND PARK

West London

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How to Get There:

Tube: Holland Park / High Street Kensington

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Why We Love It: 

 Minutes away from all the rather imposing houses of Notting Hill, Holland Park is a striking mix of the practical and the beautifully landscaped. With its carefully tended lawns, sheltered pathways and Japanese gardens sitting alongside busy playing fields and overgrown woodland, there isn’t an alcohol soaked barbecue in sight. Make what we believe is a worthwhile trip if you're interested in: Dog-walking, peacock-spotting, playing in the children’s park, football, lounging in the sun, walking through shady foresty bits and soaking up the posh garden culture. 

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ST. JAMES' PARK

Central London

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How to Get There:

Tube: St. James's Park / Charing Cross / Westrminster

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Why We Love It: 

St James's Park was first established as a deer park for the royal occupants of St James's Palace, but is now intended for picnicking and the like. The central lake is home to numerous species of birds, including pelicans that have been kept here since the 17th century. In fact, several of these bag-jawed birds were donated by a Russian ambassador donated to Charles II. The pelicans are fed once daily, though they have been known to snack on the occasional pigeon if they so fancy one. If you're set on taking a picture whilst there, opt for the bridge over the lake for incredible views of Buckingham Palace. Along the north side of the park, the Mall connects Buckingham Palace with Trafalgar Square. On the south side of the St James's Park, Wellington Barracks contains the Guards Museum; to the east, Horse Guards contains the Household Cavalry Museum.

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