Our Favourite London Parks for Picnics

Nothing says summer like a picnic in a London park and you can't beat a bit of al fresco dining with a view! Whether you are a 'grab a sandwich and go' type or the kind of person who meticulously plans a picnic menu to rival that of a feature in a lifestyle magazine, it's time to dust off that picnic basket and head to some of our favourite London parks for picnics which are within arm's reach of our London serviced apartments.

Hampstead Heath

A gem in the North London crown, Londoners flock to this popular parkland during spring and summer months for it's spectacular views and multitude of sporting activities that will keep the entire family entertained. Grab a spot at the very top of Parliament Hill for a sweeping view of London all the way to The Shard and The Gherkin. A maze of well-worn paths connect Parliament Hill to the athletics track, tennis courts and swimming lakes so after you have feasted on some tasty snacks from a local deli, you can work off your lunch by taking a stroll around the heath.

Why we like it: It feels like the countryside but is mere 6 kilometres from Trafalgar Square.
Where to get your picnic: Simply Scrumptious is just a short walk from Hampstead Heath and offers hot and cold options including salads, sandwiches and soups.

Greenwich Park

Another scenic park perched on a hilltop in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Greenwich is the historic Greenwich Park. Boasting views as far as the Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral, this park attracts thousands of visitors each year and is ideal for those wishing to take a short break from the museums and attractions in the area.

Why we like it: You can check out the Greenwich Observatory and the Cutty Sark and then relax with a picnic in Greenwich Park with an amazing hilltop view of the Thames far below.
Where to get your picnic: The White House Bakery at St. Mary's Gate Lodge offers pastries, sandwiches and home baked sweet treats. The only down side is that it is only open on weekends.

Richmond Park

Richmond Park is the largest of London's Royal Parks and home to herds of red and fallow deer. Located on the outskirts of London, this park is a little out of the way of central London but offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and is an ideal spot for a picnic on a summer's day. From King Henry's Mound, you can get a birds eye view of St. Paul's Cathedral in the distance and in The Isabella Plantation, you can take a look at the exotic flowers on display while you sip on an ice cold beverage.

Why we like it: A break from the crowded city with herds of deer, a Georgian mansion and even a golf course!
Where to get your picnic: Grab a takeaway sandwich from Roehampton Cafe (located on the eastern edge of the park) or, if you feel like something a bit special, call in to the Georgian Tea Rooms at Pembroke Lodge (located on the westerly edge of the park).

Postman's Park

A little retreat in the heart of the city, this lesser known park is ideal for a quick bite to eat after a hard day of sightseeing. A tiny patch of green in 'The City', this park provides a tranquil alternative to the surrounding concrete jungle. This park contains the Watt's Memorial, dedicated to those who lost their lives in order to save others and houses little tablets that detail the heroes of self sacrifice from the 19th century until today.

Why we like it: A small and unusual spot for a picnic that provides a moment of calm and reflection in the midst of the city's skyscrapers.
Where to get your picnic: PAUL Bakery, just around the corner from St. Paul's Cathedral dishes out gourmet sandwiches and posh patisserie to the masses.

If you're visiting London soon and want to stay near one of London's scenic parks or outdoor spaces, speak to a customer advisor today. Make sure to call us on +44 843 298 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

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