Honest Mum's Family Guide to the Royal Parks
Our most favourite parks in London have to be Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens respectively. They are the two parks my children always ask we visit when we’re in the Capital. Whatever the season or time, you’ll always find something to do and see within them.
Below I give you the low-down on why you need to schedule time out to enjoy these London-located parks with all the family. Enjoy!
Hyde Park is one of London’s 8 Royal Parks and spans 350 breath-taking acres.
Whether it’s a world class event or concert you’re after, or somewhere to simply chill out or stroll in, Hyde Park really has it all. From a dip in the Serpentine, to a peruse across the lake, not forgetting the chance to do a spot of horse riding, boating and even tennis if the mood takes you, you will never be bored at Hyde Park.
For something a little different, head to Speakers’ Corner on a Sunday morning where speakers share their wisdom and debates take place. It has a long line of tradition and everyone is welcome to speak on any subject as long as it’s lawful.
The Diana Memorial Fountain is also a must-see, with the water reflecting Princess Diana’s life and personality. There are three bridges that visitors can cross to reach the centre of the fountain, where you can revel in its beauty. A delight.
Another favourite, and of course another of the city’s Royal Parks, is Kensington Gardens. Once part of Hyde Park, it is now a park in its own right and one you must visit when in town.
Situated by Kensington Palace, the gardens attract tourists of all ages and in all seasons, but it never feels crowded thanks to its sprawling acres of greenery and epic views. With a traditional ice cream van situated there during the hotter months, why not take a stroll by the ornamental lake, so you can marvel at the swans while cooling down with a tasty ice cream cone?
Close by, the Serpentine Gallery offers cutting-edge exhibitions if you fancy dropping in. You can also visit the decadent Kensington Palace and their programme of exhibitions (they offer a year-round schedule of activities for children too).
The Diana Memorial Playground a short walk away is equally unmissable, with a wooden pirate boat at its core for kids to climb and play in. Swings, a cafe and sandpit too, children of all ages convene there for fun in the sun (and whatever the weather), as it’s only shut on Christmas Day. Bliss.