Introduction to The 8 Royal Parks of London
The 8 Royal Parks of London shouldn’t be taken for granted. These are the 8 parks that you must visit, not because of its royal history but because of its natural beauty, wildlife and activities that happen in these parks. For example, the royal parks London half marathon happens every year where people take part in an approximately 13 miles (21 kilometres) running around the 8 royal parks.
Historically, it has always been hunting and recreational grounds for the royals since the 15th Century. It is also owned by The Crown meaning that the government and the civil service functions these parks. It can also mean that the monarch is The Head of the Commonwealth. Now open for the public to enjoy, the 8 royal parks are more than than just a park to hang out, it’s become a tourist attraction. Regent’s Park, Hyde Park and St. James’ Park are the three largest out of the 8 royal parks of London. Click on the photos to find out more.
Every royal parks have different characters and national events happen in each of the parks. Check out the 8 Royal Park’s website for more information on the facilities, corona virus updates and things to do here.
So, what are the 8 royal parks in London?
ST. JAMES’ PARK
St. James’ Park is one of the major royal parks in London. Situated opposite Buckingham Palace, it has so much to offer. If you like wildlife such as birds, pelicans, squirrels, ducks, colourful plants and flowers and so much more, then this park is for you. Highlights of St. James’ Park include:
Flowerbeds outside Buckingham Palace
St. James’ Cafe
Fountain and St. James’ Park Lake
My time at St. James’ Park
From Buckingham Palace, head towards the park going down on to the right. The first thing you’ll notice is a large lake consisting of different types of ducks, black and white swans, Egyptian geese, and greenery. As you walk, you’ll notice an iron plaque on the ground in memory of Princess Diana, a memorial walk to commemorate our Princess. Turn left, as you walk up, you will see some beautiful flowers you can take photos of. Turn right, you will see a beautiful view of British 19th Century building in between the lake.
If you walk further, take a moment to cross the Blue Bridge where you can see the view of Buckingham Palace, Horseguard Parade, Big Ben and the London Eye. Just after the Blue Bridge, you will often see people feeding green parakeets and other bird species bread and nuts. After the Changing of teh Guards at Horse Guard Parade, go through the archway, you can get up close and personal with the horse guards.
The Tiffany Fountain is always turned on situated further in the lake. Stop over by Duck Island where you will see pelicans on the rock, (other times, they’re not there) some views of various birds and ducks by the pond. At 2:30 pm that will be the pelican’s feeding time where you can get up close and personal with them.
Nearby attractions include the Imperial War Museum, Churchill War Rooms, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Clarence House and Whitehall.
Personally, I love wildlife and the beautiful coloured flowers and plants surrounding the park. I wouldn’t trade St. James’ Park for anything. It’s one of the best parks in London. I prefer it more than Hyde Park there’s more activitiesa and wildlife. Hyde Park is much bigger and more famous yes, but compared to St. James’, St. James’ Park has more to offer for all the family to enjoy. Spend no more than an hour here reading, taking the scenery in and enjoying the atmosphere.
FLOWERS AT ST. JAMES’ PARK
BROWN, WHITE AND BLACK DUCK
PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL WALK
A ROW OF DUCKS BY ST. JAMES’ LAKE
HORSE GUARD PARADE
THE BLUE BRIDGE OVERLOOKING LONDON EYE AND BUCKINGHAM PALACE
DUCK AND SQUIRREL TOGETHER
A VIEW OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE
One of the 8 royal parks in London you must visit is Hyde Park. This is the number 1 on the list. Hyde Park is not only famous but there would be times when you want a quiet serene walk and there would be times when you want to be around people. Well, Hyde Park has areas for both. From paddling on boats in the Serpentine lake, admiring wildlife and nature, sipping coffee and having lunch at a nearby cafe, you’re sure to find something to suit you. The information found on the website stays true to its words.
The last time I went paddling on one of the boats, I felt close to nature and wildlife. It was on a sunny afternoon, before COVID. The lake was bigger than I thought. I could see people relaxing on the deck chairs (charged per hour). I could see children feeding the ducks and people sunbathing having a picnic. It’s even better if you stay close by, you can jog and relax when you have spare time. You can also relax here after a stressful day of shopping. That’s what I usually do.
During spring and summer, Hyde Park becomes colourful. Take advantage of taking photos of different types of colourful flowers. Hyde Park is connected to Kensington Gardens where you’ll see more wildlife, Princess Diana Memorial fountain and Kensington Palace. Dip your feet in the fountain and have a splash with the kids.
THE GREEN PARK
The Green Park is not as colourful as any of the parks mentioned in this post. People come here to take their dogs for a walk, people come here to watch people walk by without a care in the world and there are still memorials, fountains and statues to be admired. The best thing about The Green Park is its convenience, although not as pretty as the other parks. Next to Buckingham Palace, Green Park Station, Piccadilly street as well as The Ritz Hotel, The Green Park is one of the 8 royal parks in London worth visiting. Click the photo for more information on The Green Park.
My experience at The Green Park
Walking through The Green Park, I felt peace and tranquillity because I was in nature. The trees were as high and as tall as the 19th Century buildings nearby, mature in size, thick and healthy. Some were leave-less, and some had leaves, getting ready for Spring. I came here around March time when some trees were in the first stage of flowers blooming, some weren’t so ready yet. I also felt like this place was an area to get away from the busy and noisy streets of London.
The park looked simple, just green, plenty of trees and paths going in different directions. There are only a few beds of daffodils between winter and spring, but the open green space and the fresh air didn’t make me feel claustrophobic. I love being in fresh air.
Aside from the fact it’s one of the eight royal parks of London, The Green Park is known best for its wildlife such as magpies, Egyptian geese and national events. Although I didn’t see any geese, it’s true what they say, The Green Park is home to wildlife, flowers, plants as well as events like the London Marathon.
It’s also a good place to walk and ride a bike in Constitutional Walk. Constitutional Walk can be found past Canada Gate, where Buckingham Palace is. The Ritz Hotel and Hilton Green Park are next to the park itself. Le Meridien Hotel is walking distance from The Green Park. You’d be lucky to be staying near this area, it’s one of the upper-class areas of London.
Attractions near The Green park
In the street of Piccadilly, there are rows of restaurants, supermarkets, five-star hotels and it’s a few miles walk to Piccadilly Circus further up. Leicester Square and Shaftesbury Avenue, the theatre district connects to Piccadilly Circus. Walk through Green Park and you’ll end up in front of Canada Gate. Beyond Canada Gate, you will see Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park.
The Mall (street adjacent to Buckingham Palace and the Admiralty archway and next to St. James’ Park) leads to Trafalgar Square once you reach the Admiralty archway. Next to St. James’ Park, you will see Horse guards Parade where you can take advantage of the Changing of the Horse Guards. Read about Piccadilly here for more information.
Flowers and plants in The Green Park
Mid-March, there were yellow daffodils and white flowers, memorials and fountains as well as cafes and benches where people chat and read books. They were all scattered around the park.
People didn’t sit on the grass though since it was still wet. The weather was still cloudy Mid-March, but people still enjoyed the nature in the park. It wasn’t that busy and it wasn’t too cold either. It was just so serene; I couldn’t find any faults in the park. The only thing that I’d wish for the park was the use of colour.
In Summer, you’ll see many people sunbathing and different colours of flowers bloom. It’s a good chance to be outdoors and enjoy the sun.
In Autumn, brown leaves become scattered all over the grass. At times, when it’s dry, the Autumn leaves look picture perfect but when it rains, it can get muddy. As for Winter, we rarely have snow, but when we do, the park is covered in white and snowflakes sit on the branches of leave-less trees.
The Green Park is suitable for everyone including solo, families with small kids and dog walkers. I saw a young lady reading a book alone by the benches, couples jogging, a lady on her phone with her dog, a family with young kids enjoying the flowers and the green grass.
Although there were memorials and fountains, cafes and restaurants, people usually use The Green Park to get from A to B. I also notice that people walk through this park to get to Buckingham Palace or the street of Piccadilly. Compared to other parks, The Green Park is the most overlooked, but people still do hang around here just for outdoor space.
I would recommend visiting The Green Park even if it’s just to walk through it. People still admire the memorials, especially children playing around it. Today the fountain by the Green Park station had no water sprouting out, it was just there for decoration purposes. If you are staying nearby, give The Green Park a visit, even if you want to jog in the breezy weather (which most Brits do), sunbathe, read a book outside or just hang around in Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park, the Green Park is the place to hang out.
What you see in pictures is the same thing you see in real life. Really!! It’s the same! I know it sounds cliché but there is no downside to the park. The only downside to it is the sneezing and sniffing from hay fever in Spring and Summer.
For more information about The Green Park, visit their website here. There, you will see information about its history, fountains and memorials, food and drinks, entertainment and so much more.
Situated in South West London, this is the best park to go deer watching. There’s no pther parks like it. Like the rest of the 8 Royal Parks, it had been a recereational and hunting ground for the royal family for 1000 years.
The second largest park in London, it spans 2500 acres of green grass consisting of twists and turns among the paths for walkers and an open lane for drivers.
The Richmond area itself has a rural village atmosphere. Although a busy and a trendy area for locals and tourists, being in nature and wildlife really boosts your immune system and getting out in the fresh air will make you feel happier.
Watch out for deer when deer spotting because they can attack and remember, they’re wild animals. Don’t ever tempt to feed them. It’s better to go by car, if you can, you’ll be lucky to see one up close and personal as you drive pass.
The Isabella Plantation is a hidden gem in the park where you can visit various trees, flowers and plants. Why not sip a cup of coffee or English tea at the local cafe? You can go cycling, walking, picnics, dog walking and see a great view of the Thames in Richmond Hill, from the hilltop. See if you can spot Mick Jagger’s house.
Regent’s Park is situated opposite Madame Tussaud and walking distance from Regent’s Park Station. What I love about Regent’s Park are London Zoo and Regent’s University London are in the park. London Zoo is worth the visit for families with young kids and Regent’s University London has beautiful architecture you can take photos of. Other attractions in Regent’s Park is the beautiful garden area where people sit by the benches enjoying nature. I haven’t had a chance to write a review on Regent’s Park, but when it’s safe, I’ll surely write about my experience.
Kensington Gardens is one of 8 royal parks in London people can visit. Situated next to Hyde Park, a few walks away from Notting Hill and Portobello Market, Kensington Gardens has been a public park for people to enjoy. Sit by the lake where you will see egyptian geese and white swans not to mention birds and pigeons, visit Kensington Palace where it was once home to Queen Victoria and Diana Princess of Wales.
Why not just people watch, enjoy nature and sit by the rows of benches nearby? There is also a Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground and between Hyde Park and Kesnington Gardens, during the summer people enjoy dipping their feet their feet in the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. It was introduced to show that her spirit lives on and her love of children.
Kensington Palace isn’t worth it for £17. Be my guest if you’d like to visit inside. It contains items and costumes Queen Victoria and Princess Diana wore when they lived. Buckingham Palace State Room is much more better.
Located in Southeast London, Greenwich Park has the largest green space in London compared to other royal parks out there and so many things to see and do. There are various events, several gardens and landscapes, visit the National Maritime Museum, discover the Meridien Line and the Royal Observatory, monuments, memorials and statues, learn about the history of Greenwich and explore wildlife (including deer) at its best.
After some time visiting The Cutty Sark Ship overlooking the River Thames, head over to Greenwich Park. Walk up the path where trees from either side covers the sky to give you shade. Once you walk up the steep hill, you’d feel breathless but when you reach the top, the view of London can be seen. You can also see the O2 Arena dome, The Gherkin, The Shard and National Maritime Museum. Remember, London looks very industrial but the view is worth it.
Once you admire the view, walk past the Royal Observatory and the General Wolfe Statue. You will see a wide long path. Turn right, you will see Greenwich Cherry Blossom trees on either side of the pathway. It’s nice walking through trees shading the sky. Walk up until you reach the Rose Garden in front of Ranger’s House. On the website, they said by June and July, you will see fully bloomed roses and other different types of flowers. Most of them have bloomed but some of them still have empty patches. Since I came in June, it may be early days. We’ll have to wait until July.
Walk back to the Royal Observatory and exit St. Mary’s Gate and walk up Croom’s Hill. You will see various Georgian houses along this street. Worth taking photos. The Royal Observatory is closed now but worth visiting their website for highlights. You can visit London’s Planetarium here too.
18TH CENTURY HIDDEN WATERWAY LEADING TO THREE UNDERGROUND TUNNELS
CUTTY SARK SHIP, GREENWICH, LONDON
GEORGIAN HOUSE AT THE TOP OF CROOM’S HILL
GREENWICH MARKET DURING LOCKDOWN
THE TOP OF THE HILL IN GREENWICH PARK
ROSE GARDEN IN FRONT OF RANGER’S HOUSE IN JUNE
GEORGIAN HOUSES AT THE TOP OF CROOM’S HILL
24 HOUR GATE CLOCK IN GREENWICH, SHOWS THE ORIGINAL GREENWICH MEAN TIME
Bushy Park is 1,099 acres of land which consists of canals where water run through, wildlife roaming around the park including deer, the Diana Fountain, gardens including Upper Lodge Water Garden and Woodland Gardens. Why not sip in the Pheasentry Cafe while enjoying nature in front of you. What I love about Bushy Park is that it links to Hampton Court Palace. I haven’t had a chance to visit Bushy Park because of COVID but when it’s safe, I’ll definitely write a review.