It may surprise those of you accustomed to travelling through the dense metropolis of London that the city has no fewer than eight royal parks, and countless other green spaces. These enormous parks are often tucked away in quiet corners of London you wouldn’t otherwise come across.
Though officially owned by the monarchy, these priceless spaces are open for the public to visit every day of the year. Best of all, many of them are within walking distance of your Mayfair serviced apartments.
So if you’re planning a short stay in Mayfair, it’s well worth taking the time out of your schedule to visit one of these beautiful spaces and discover the best nature that London has to offer.
Hyde Park is perhaps London’s best known and most accessible park. Though technically its own park, it forms a continuous chain, along with Kensington Gardens and Green Park from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace. If you’re planning to visit these palaces during your short stay in Mayfair, it’s absolutely worth a stroll back through Hyde Park to your Central London serviced apartment.
Another Central London park, Regent’s Park lies North-East of Mayfair, and straddles the boroughs of Camden and Westminster. Including beautiful gardens, a staggering lake and, most famously, London Zoo, Regent’s Park is a must-see for anyone staying in Central London.
Greenwich is an area packed with history that the average tourist could easily miss out on. Built at the feet of what used to be the royal palace, Greenwich Park is a beautiful area of open space just a few miles outside of Central London. The park also features the Royal Observatory, the point from which the Prime Meridian of the entire world is measured.
Clocking in at a staggering 2,360 acres, London’s largest royal park is also the furthest from Central London. But if you’re willing to journey out to this gorgeous suburban district, Richmond Park will surely make it worth your while.
Established in the 17th Century by King Charles I, the park was commissioned when the entire royal court was uprooted to Richmond Palace to escape an outbreak of plague. Though the palace is gone, the park remains, and if you’re lucky, you may just manage to spot some deer as you pass through.
With so many beautiful green spaces in London, these royal parks are a fantastic way to escape the rush of Central London and get back in touch with nature.