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Exploring the Royal Parks of London

When you think about London, what kind of venues come to mind? Famous name department stores perhaps or maybe notable landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral?

Whatever haunts you head for when you are in town, don’t miss out on the delights of the Royal Parks. There are plenty of them and each one offers something very different from the rest.

Take Richmond Park, for example. This park lies out to the south west of London, and it is the biggest of all the Royal Parks at nearly two and a half thousand acres. The most eye catching sight in this particular park is the deer that roam there. It used to be used for deer hunting but now they exist quite happily in the many acres they have available to them.

Moving in closer to the city but staying to the west is Kensington Gardens. The Serpentine Lake cuts between Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, which is right next to it. Kensington Gardens are more formal in nature, perhaps because they used to be closed to the public and were used by those living in Kensington Palace.

Among the notable sights at this park is the Round Pond. This dates back nearly 300 years, and it is well established as a wonderful place to see many different birds. You can also see the Italian Gardens, which are to the north of the Park near Marlborough Gate.

If you aren’t too keen on flowers and you prefer the expanse of grass, then Green Park should be on your list of the parks to see. It lies directly east of Kensington Gardens, and on its south eastern edge lies Buckingham Palace itself. It may not be your favourite if you like an expanse of water to look at, since it doesn’t have a single body of water. Given the beautiful sight of Green Park today, though, you might find it hard to believe that it used to be a burial ground!

Perhaps one of the best of the Royal Parks is Greenwich Park. Some people don’t realise this is a Royal Park, but it has a lot to commend it. Firstly it offers sensational views over much of London, and it is a great spot to enjoy a picnic while you gaze over at Canary Wharf and the rest of the skyline beyond.

It is fitting too that this park is the oldest, and it is the setting for Greenwich Mean Time as well where plenty of people have stood either side of the Meridian line itself.

When you stay in London, there are lots of London flights that will take you into either Gatwick or Heathrow. Once there, it doesn’t take too long to reach the city and the many parks that await you.

Disclaimer: The information contained within this article is the opinion of the author and is intended purely for information and interest purposes only. It should not be used to make any decisions or take any actions. Any links are included for information purposes only.

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