A thrifty wander through London’s Parks

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London can be an expensive destination, there are so many brilliant things to spend your hard-earned cash on, not to mention the cost of accommodation. When the sun comes out however, London can become your thrifty playground!

Obviously you can’t plan your trip around the weather, this is Britain after all but if you do find yourself in the capital during a warm spell get out doors and pocket those funds to splurge on when the clouds inevitably roll in.

London is green. There are so many parks where you can stroll and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Have a leisurely day exploring these oases, take a picnic, or grab something on the way, there are food stands within many of the parks.

We spent a day last week walking from St James Park to Hyde Park, taking in the sights on the way. It was blissful in the warm June sunshine and completely free other than our tube ride there and back {and a couple of quid for an ice cream}.

This scenic route started out from St James Park tube station, if you step out of the station and head for the park at lunchtime during the week you just need to follow the hoards of suits pouring out of the city for their hour in the sunshine.

St James Park has a lovely lake, brimming with wildfowl, all within view of Buckingham Palace. Walking through the park along the waterside path brings you out at the head of The Mall and the Victoria Memorial in front of the palace.

After stopping for a few snaps you can then cross to the right and enter Green Park at the grand Canada Gate. The top left exit from Green Park leads out to the Wellington Arch, capped with its magnificent bronze sculpture, on Hyde Park Corner.

After grabbing an ice cream from one of the vendors near the Achilles Statue  in Hyde Park we walked up the left bank of the Serpentine to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. A few people had hired boats and were peddling or rowing on this recreational lake, many more were just out strolling, feeding the ducks or sitting out in the sun. The restaurant at the eastern end of the lake was busy and looked very inviting indeed.

Be sure to walk over to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens to check out the temporary Pavillion, showcasing modern architecture. This year’s pavilion was designed by Sou Fujimoto and has a fascinating cloud-like structure.

You can then wander around Kensington Gardens, pop into the gallery or head down Exhibition Road towards the Natural History Museum and the V&A, which is what we did to catch the tube from South Kensington. Both those museums are free and we returned, on fresh legs, to visit them a few days later.


This was just a handful of the many green spaces in London, www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/activities/openspace/park has the full list.

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7 Responses

  1. Great posting about London parks – so many great parks there! It was so interesting during our time in London to see the parks fill up with people when the sky turned sunny in between days of rain. Especially Clissold Park in Stoke Newington, it went from empty to overflowing with sun-worshiping Londoners

  2. Jorie says:

    So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  3. chef mimi says:

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