Visit London Blog » hyde park Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Favourite Places To Go In London This Summer By Ezra, Age Eight And a Third Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:05:07 +0000 Guest blog by Ezra from Babes About Town


1. Granary Square, King’s Cross

I like Granary Square because there are fountains that change shape. At night it’s even better because the fountains go a bit higher and they turn loads of bright colours. It’s a really big space where you can jump and run around.

Sometimes there are food stalls, and there are other nice places to eat, plus there’s a space round the back where they have different activities. There’s table tennis, and last summer they had a roller skating rink. My friend had a party there and it was my first time ever roller skating. I did pretty well.

Sometimes we get to Granary Square by walking along the canal and you can sit by the water on these great big steps like long green sofas covered in grass. I once saw a guy doing a handstand on there. You can also do forward rolls although I wouldn’t do forward rolls down the stairs because it would hurt a lot and also you could fall into the canal! You can actually take a boat ride through a tunnel from there too.

Granary Square Fountains

Hyde Park

I like Hyde Park because it’s like a country of green lands. It’s like a giant, giant park that’s probably bigger than two buildings stacked on top of each other. It’s a good place for running around as there’s loads of space to play. It’s a great place to have a picnic. We love playing football there — sometimes we find two trees and another two trees next to each other so it makes a great goal.

At Hyde Park there are always people playing sports and loads of people rollerskating down the pathway, skateboarding, doing back flips and tricks. There’s a very long lake (it has to be long because Hyde Park is giant!). You can sit by the lake on a deckchair and sometimes the ducks fly out so you can feed them.

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park

Southbank Centre

I love the South Bank because not only is it really big, there’s a food market at the bottom where you can get loads of stuff to eat. There’s a really cool skate park; I like watching them skate and do bike tricks. There’s space to run around, you can see the River Thames.

You can get a river cruise or a sightseeing tour and one time we went on a super-fast speed boat ride! From the Southbank Centre you can see all the famous buildings like Big Ben and the EDF Energy London Eye. When you walk along, you can see buskers who do stunts like flipping off their bicycle or these amazing African acrobats. We’ve seen lots of shows there, like Slava’s Snowshow in winter which is a very funny show.

Skateboarder on the South Bank

Science Museum

I like the Science Museum because there’s a place called the Launchpad where you can test things out and do the actual experiment yourself. You can fire a water bottle rocket by pressing two buttons, it’s really cool. There are different sections where you can find out about science, outer space and how the world was created, or how people lived in the olden days. The space section is cool because it tells you about the galaxy and stuff which hasn’t even been discovered yet.

Science Museum

Street Food Fairs and Markets

My dad does street food and we love going to street food fairs and markets. There’s Kerb, there’s Street Feast, there’s Feast, loads of different ones. I’ve tried different types of food from all different countries, even vegetarian Indian! I usually eat quite a few things because it all looks so nice. One time at an event I made some meatballs and we had them in a sauce and it was yummy. I had two helpings! Most of the time, the food doesn’t cost as much as restaurants and you can just walk around outdoors eating. It’s pretty cool.

South Bank Market

Ezra is one of the babes at Babes about Town, a blog that celebrates the best activities and coolest finds for families in London and

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London Video of the Week: A Time Lapse Film Fri, 09 May 2014 09:04:23 +0000

Don’t miss this beautiful time lapse movie of the capital entitled ‘London Goes By’, which was filmed by photographer Evan Skuthorpe. Keep your eyes peeled for top London sights, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, EDF Energy London Eye, River Thames, Trafalgar SquareNational Gallery and Hyde Park.

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Top 5 Summer Festivals in London Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:32:50 +0000 Summer festivals in London

This season is set to be a summer of fun with these scorching hot festivals. Whether you’re after serious rock in Hyde Park or prefer picnicking at Kew Gardens with Elvis Costello, throwing it about during the dance-off at LoveBox, krooning with Kanye, or dining with the stars of MasterChef at Taste of London, there’s a festival for you this summer in London.  

WHEN: 18-19 July, Victoria Park
WHAT: One of London’s favourite festivals, Lovebox returns to Victoria Park this summer with a fantastic selection of live music, top DJs and fun activities. Headliners M.I.A., Nas, Chase and Status and A$AP Rocky set the tone for gritty, cutting-edge rap and electro.  Catch some hot moves from Breakin’ Convention, Continental Drift’s Circus Re-mix and East London Dance. Get in with a range of experiences on offer:  sparkly makeovers at The Parlour or Miss Lippy Beauty, yoga classes and the legendary Dance-Off.
THE VIBE: Let the good times roll.

Taste of London

Taste of London
WHEN: 19-22 June, Regent’s Park
WHAT: The annual Taste of London festival is a foodie haven with four days of fabulous summer eating, drinking and more. As well as sampling the dishes and meeting the chefs from your favourite London restaurants including Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galleti from MasterChef, avant garde cupcake queen Lili Vanilli and Tom Kerridge from the Hand & Flowers, the festival serves up cooking demos, wine tastings, and innovative cookery how-tos such as sushi making and Champagne appreciation.
THE VIBE: Very tasty indeed.

Black Sabbath

Barclaycard British Summer Time
WHEN: 4-13 July, Hyde Park
WHAT: British Summer Time takes over Hyde Park in Central London for a big week of R.O.C.K. with something for everyone, depending on your taste. Catch metal gods Black Sabbath with Soundgarden and Faith No More on 4 July; The Libertines with the Pogues on 5 July; Neil Young and Crazy Horse on 12 July; and king of crooners Tom Jones with Boyzone and Little Mix on the 13th. Festival faves McBusted also take to the stage this year with the Backstreet Boys on 6 July.
THE VIBE: It’s all about the music.

Wireless Festival. Picture by Andrew Whitton

WHEN: 4-6 July, Finsbury Park
WHAT: This year, the popular Wireless Festival has a new home. Taking up residence in North London’s Finsbury Park, Wireless promises a cool lineup including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Rudimental, Bruno Mars and Outkast. With excellent transport links from Finsbury Park station and gates open from midday, Wireless promises three days of smooth tunes for your aural pleasure.
THE VIBE: Kool Kanye comes to North London.

Kew the Music

Kew The Music
WHEN: 16-20 July, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
WHAT: Kew the Music offers up a summer bonanza of music and performance against the beautiful backdrop of Kew Gardens. This year you can catch a coveted solo performance from Elvis Costello, enjoy feel-good favourites Bjorn Again, crowd pleaser Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, 80s megastars Simple Minds and the musical comic stylings of Bill Bailey.
THE VIBE: Laid-back listening in stunning surrounds.

What’s your pick of this summer’s festivals in London? Let us know in the comments below.

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London Video of the Week: London in 1927 and 2013 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:06:56 +0000

Compare the live footage of London in 1927 and 2013 in this fascinating video. The images of London in 1927 were captured by cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene who travelled across the UK with his new colour film camera. BFI recently restored these images.

Film-maker Simon Smith followed in Friese-Greene’s footsteps, providing a recent view of London landmarks like Tower Bridge, Peter Pan’s Statue, Big Ben and the Houses of ParliamentPetticoat Lane Market, Hyde Park and the River Thames.

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To celebrate the release of our latest London Story video featuring Mayor of London Boris Johnson, we asked Boris to be our guest editor on’s homepage from 23 to 25 January 2014, populating it with some of his favourite London experiences.

While making his London Story video for us – which was filmed in a pod on The EDF Energy London Eye – Boris waxed lyrical about some of his top things to see and do in London.

British Museum

“As I kid, because I was a bit of a nerd, I used to love going to the British museum where I would spend hours loitering in  the Duveen galleries,  looking at the Elgin Marbles – the ‘ta Elgíneia Mármara’, as they are called in Greece.”

The British Museum in Bloomsbury is the UK’s most visited tourist attraction, welcoming millions of people each year. Entry is free and provides access to an enormous wealth of historical artefacts, paintings, sculptures and scriptures from across the world (8 million in total) that make up the museum’s stores. These include the Rosetta Stone, The Elgin Marbles, the Easter Island Statue of Hoa Hakananai’a, and The Vindolanda tablets. As well as permanent exhibits, the museum curates temporary displays, and the Great Court and Reading Room are particularly popular with visitors due to their impressive architecture.

Regent’s Canal

“I cycle a lot but I also particularly like walking down the canal. There’s a fantastic walk just near us along the Regent’s Canal where you see these ancient bits of industrial architecture with new dwellings springing up among them.
“The buildings have got all this glass and steel and it’s the combination that’s so attractive. It’s 18th and 19th century industrial architecture that’s been brilliantly renovated with 21st century technology. It’s a fantastically vibrant area and so unlike any other city.
“We walk down the canal for a purpose – not just because it’s romantic and beautiful but because there is a pub, called The Narrow Boat, that sells fantastic sausage and mash.”

The 8.6-mile (14km) Regent’s Canal links the River Thames in the Limehouse Basin with Little Venice in north-west London. Along its route the canal bisects ZSL London Zoo, curves along the edge of Regent’s Park, passes through the busy shopping district of Camden, and then on to Islington and on to East London’s developing landscape, such as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. When it was built in the early 19th century, the canal’s primary function was for carrying goods; today it mainly provides a conduit for relaxation and leisure time.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

“I love getting on my bicycle and riding all the way through Hackney. It is an area changing very, very fast with all these bars being opened and new startup businesses. I then go through Victoria Park, right the way to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is connected up in the most extraordinary way. I recommend that for a day out and particularly when we reopen the whole park this year.”

Once London secured the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, work began on this piece of land in East London to turn what was previously wasteland into a hub for Londoners and visitors alike. The initial phase saw the creation of Europe’s largest shopping mall, Westfield Stratford City, next door, followed soon after by the Olympic Stadium and its sister sporting arenas. When the London 2012 Games finished, the park closed for refurbishment but the north section has since reopened for sporting events and festivals. Incremental new openings will occur throughout 2014 including parklands featuring new plant life, affordable homes, plus a variety of public-use sports and event venues.

Riverbus / Boat to Greenwich

“[My family and I] go to Greenwich and hang out there because it has such a beautiful park. You can have a wonderful afternoon having a picnic, feeding the ducks, hiring a boat – which you can also do at the Serpentine – and all that kind of stuff.”

London’s River Thames has a number of river bus services available. To get to Greenwich you can board one at Embankment, head east past the London Eye, Tower of London, Canary Wharf, and onto Greenwich where you disembark to enjoy The Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Greenwich Park. As well as hosting the Prime Meridian Line, this 183 acre (74 hectare) Royal Park dates back to 1427 and offers a stunning vantage point from which you can look across London at landmarks such as The O2 Arena, Canary Wharf and The Gherkin. There is also an enclosure for wildlife including deer and foxes.

24 Hours in London: Food & World-Class Attractions  

“London has a superb range of places to eat and you are spoilt for choice for Michelin starred restaurants – not that I go to Michelin Star restaurants! I love this café called Frank’s in Southwark Street, where you can get one of the best fry-ups in the world or I can recommend a Turkish joint in Islington, called Pasha.
“It is very, very important to see the British Museum and the Tower of London. The Tower was built in Norman times and is the most interesting example of how London thrives on alien imports because every stone of that initial structure came from Caen in France.  Visitors should also go and see the crown jewels.
“There are so many unbelievable hidden jewels in London, like the Wallace Collection for instance.
“Then you’ve got the Tate Modern – which is not only the biggest but has the most number of visitors of any modern art museum in the world.”

Discover more stories and enter a competition to win a fantastic stay in London at #TheLondonStory

What would you recommend to visitors to London?

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Chinese Year of the Horse 2014: Equestrian Attractions in London Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:32:24 +0000 Equestrian armour, possibly Ulrich Rämbs, c. 1480 © By kind permission of the Trustees of the Wallace Collection

2014 is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac, beginning on 31 January. According to Chinese Astrology Online, the horse is a symbol of competition, swift success and travelling – good news if you’re planning a visit to London!

To celebrate the start of the new Lunar year, join in the vibrant Chinese New Year Celebrations in London’s Chinatown – or pay a visit to one of these 10 horse-related attractions in London.

Royal Ascot 2014

The world’s most famous race meeting, Royal Ascot is a favourite among British Royals, high society and social butterflies. See lightning-fast horses compete to win in the Golden Jubilee Stakes and Gold Cup races, and experience the ceremony, tradition and glamour of this historic event. It’s not all about posh hats, you know!

Meet the Horses at Kentish Town City Farm

At Kentish Town City Farm you’ll not only find horses but also chickens, cows, ducks, geese, goats, pigs and sheep – including some rare breeds. Take the family along to stroke the horses, see their stables and (at the weekend) go on a pony ride (£2). More city farms in London.

War Horse

War Horse

War Horse has won over audiences around the world with its beautiful, moving story of friendship and heroism in battle – and, of course, its jaw-droppingly accurate, life-size horse puppets. Catch it now at the New London Theatre on Drury Lane.

Polo in the Park 2014

The horses are back at Hurlingham Park this June, for three days of high-octane polo matches – plus summer cocktails, delicious street food, luxury shopping and kids activities. Polo in the Park uses simplified polo rules to up the excitement and make it easier to follow the action – if you’re not too busy enjoying an impromptu picnic.

The Household Cavalry Museum

Household Cavalry Museum

You’ve seen the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade, now find out what goes on behind the scenes at The Household Cavalry Museum. Peer through the glass partition to see troopers working in the original 18th century stables, then explore the museum’s fascinating collection of personal stories, interactive displays and ceremonial artefacts. Please note: the museum is closed for refurbishment until 24 January. If you’re visiting before then, why not check out the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace instead?

Trooping the Colour 2014

Every year, London marks the Queen’s (official) birthday with a colourful military parade known as Trooping the Colour. Dating back to the 18th century, the procession sees fully trained and operational troops – including horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery – parade past the Queen. Apply now for a place on the seated stands around Horse Guards Parade, or head along on the day to watch from The Mall.

Horse riding in Hyde Park

Horse Riding in Hyde Park

Saddle up and take a trot around the beautiful environs of Hyde Park. Horse riding has a long history in this Royal Park, dating back to 1536 when Henry VIII galloped around in pursuit of deer and wild boar. Contact the Hyde Park Stables or Ross Nye Stables to hire your noble steed.

London International Horse Show at Olympia

The London International Horse Show at Olympia took place in December, but plans are already underway for the 2014 edition. See horses and their riders compete in dressage, jumping and a host of other thrilling competitions, and enjoy the special displays. Last year’s guest spots featured The Kennel Club, The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrianism and Shetland Pony Grand National, so who knows who you’ll see this year. Tickets available from May.

Stables Market

Stables Market

Located in former stables dating back to the Victorian era, Stables Market is now a bustling hub of food stalls, bars and shops. But its past life is still apparent, from the old catacombs to the 200-year-old Grade II Listed Horse Hospital – now home to Proud Camden, a gallery and live music venue. Look out too for the huge bronze statues of horses, added during the market’s recent restoration.

Horse Armour at The Wallace Collection 

The highlight of The Wallace Collection’s huge assortment of European and Oriental armoury is undoubtedly the stunning life-size horse (and rider) dressed in German Gothic equestrian armour from c. 1480-1500 (see main picture). The museum, which is free to enter, also features a number of paintings featuring horses, from the likes of Rembrandt, Velázquez and Bellangé.

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Five Fun Ways To Get Active in London Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:00:30 +0000 Jogging in London

Overdone it during the festive break? Work off the Christmas flab and have fun with these five action-packed experiences in London.

Join a Free Parkrun

If the thought of going to the gym makes you shudder, take your exercise outdoors on a Parkrun. These 5km timed runs take place weekly across London – in fact across the world – and best of all it’s free to join in. Search the Events List on the Parkrun UK website to find your nearest run. Just a sample of the locations include Alexander Palace (‘Ally Pally’), Finsbury Park, Greenwich, Hackney Marshes, Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common.
One hour running (at 8mph) burns: 877.5 kcals*

Lee Valley White Water Rafting

Try white-water rafting in Lee Valley

For something that will really get your adrenalin pumping, go hurtling down the Olympic rapids at Lee Valley White Water Centre. All you have to do is book a seat on the raft or charter your own, then the centre’s staff will organise everything else – from equipment and clothing to training and safety instructions. But once you’re on the course, it’s down to you and your team!
One hour of white-water rafting burns: 325 kcals*

Cycling along the South Bank

Follow the Thames Cultural Cycling Tour

Get off the beaten track, and explore London with the help of the Thames Cultural Cycling Tour. This 27km (16.8 mile) route starts at the South Bank and follows the River Thames to Greenwich before heading north to Canary Wharf and Limehouse before heading back to the South Bank. The map even includes interesting facts about notable spots en route. More about cycling in London.
One hour of cycling (under 10mph) burns: 260 kcals*

Skating in Hyde Park

Go rollerblading in Hyde Park

Pick up your blades and head down to Hyde Park to show off some moves. Just remember to stick to the (nice and smooth) roads and cycle tracks. If you fancy some company, join the London Friday Night Skate or – if you prefer a slower pace – the Sunday Stroll. These weekly, marshalled events are free and all about, they say, the pure joy of skating.
One hour of skateboarding (well it’s almost the same) burns: 325 kcals

English Country Dancing at Cecil Sharp House. Photo credit: Fabian Acker

Learn English Country Dancing at Cecil Sharp House

Learn the basic steps of an English country dance at the London home of English folk, Cecil Sharp House (near Regent’s Park). The drop-in classes take place every Thursday evening and will whisk you through moves used in ceilidh dances, barn dances, American Contra dances and English country dances. More London dance classes.
One hour of dancing burns: 422.5 kcals*

*We worked out how much you’ll burn in one hour (based on a person weighing 65kg) thanks to a little help from the Bupa calories counter.

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Top Five Things to do in London This Summer by Kane, Eight Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:54:26 +0000

Young Londoner Kane, eight, shares his five favourite things to do in London during the summer holidays.

Hampstead Heath

kane-face-250Hampstead Heath is awesome. When I went last time I played Frisbee on the hill and when we walked through the wood we saw two really cool guys doing sword fighting and another man practising the tightrope. It is really good to fly a kite and they have a lido which is amazing as you can swim outdoors. When we go to Hampstead Heath we always walk to Hampstead village after we have played and have a burger or fish and chips in a pub.

The South Bank

I love the South Bank as there are lots of performing actors, like people pretending to be statues. There is a gold man who jumps out at anyone who walks past, which is really funny. You can get pictures with them. Once I saw a chameleon riding a bike and a man pretending to be a dog. There are magic people who do tricks like escaping from chain jackets and juggling swords, and amazing limbo dancers who are really cool – even when they are just half a metre above the ground they can still get under the limbo pole. There are always ice cream vans on a sunny day and the big wheel is on the South Bank too.

kane-hyde-park-610-2Roller Blading in Hyde Park

If you go skating in Hyde Park you can hire skates from the Blue Room near the Marble Arch. It is a really exciting thing to do. You get to try skates on and pick your own colour. It is fun skating because you see more advanced skaters doing cool tricks; you may even see me skating when you go as I like skating a lot. The really cool thing about skating in Hyde Park is that it is bigger than any other place I skate and the roads are really smooth, so you don’t trip up and it is a lot easier to do stuff like slalom, wheelies and one foot tricks. There is a really cool lake if you skate further down, which has a lot of ducks on it. The park is really busy so you see a lot of people, but you still have lots of room to skate and do tricks.


Hamleys is awesome. It’s really fun. There are loads of toys. When I first went in I said, “Woah, I have never known anything so cool”. It is massive. There are guys playing with remote controlled helicopters; there are giant models hanging off the ceiling, like Ben 10; and there are also loads of computer games if you like that sort of thing. My favourite visit to Hamleys was when my mum’s friend took me to choose my birthday present – I got so many different types of Trash Pack.

Legoland Windsor

Legoland is a brilliant day out for all the family. It is really fun. There is a massive roller coaster made out of Lego with a dragon on it, and a baby one for kids who are younger. My best friend really loves it as well. There is a toy shop where you can buy loads of Lego. Once I bought a sword and shield and an Egyptian tomb with loads of gems. I still have them and still play with them. When you drive in you see Lego people waving and building things like tables. If you go you should spend about five hours there. It is definitely worth spending five hours – they have loads of flavours of popcorn, ice cream and hotdogs. There are loads of rides. You get squirted by water dragons when you go on the roller coaster. There are also big spaces where you can play. It is so much fun, I have been twice.

Want more kid-friendly London ideas? Read these top London suggestions from eleven-year-old Stan and leave your own ideas in the comments below. For even more child-friendly things to see and do in London, visit our Family page

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What’s On This Weekend: 5-7 July 2013 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:00:46 +0000 In case you hadn’t noticed that summer is upon us, this weekend’s amazing series of festivals should get you in a sunny mood – whatever the weather!

Barclaycard British Summer Time at Hyde Park

Head to Hyde Park for two weekends of fantastic music, featuring sets from the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and many more. As well as a world class line-up of music every evening at weekends, you can also enjoy live comedy, film, sport and much more during the week, which is centred around three fun festival areas within the park. Tickets to music events start from £55, and you can find out more programme details on our event page. 5 – 14 Jul  

Carnaby Sound

London’s iconic Carnaby Street hosts Carnaby Sound, a free one-day music festival this Saturday, as part of its year-long celebration of music. More than 15 live bands will be playing throughout the area, covering all the musical genres that have made Carnaby so famous – everything from blues and jazz to mod, urban and rock. The main stage will be on the  Liberty department store roof, but music, giveaways, exhibitions and much more will be happening all over the area throughout the day. The festival takes place between 12pm – 7pm. 6 Jul

Summer Streets on Regent Street

Love shopping but hate the traffic that separates you from your favourite shops? Head to Regent Street on Sundays for the next four weeks, where the roads will be pedestrianised as part of the Summer Streets programme. Between 10am to 7pm every Sunday in July, Regent Street will become a traffic-free environment that hosts installations, entertainment, live music and – of course – unparalleled shopping opportunities! Shops are typically open from 12pm to 6pm. Until 28 Jul  

elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food at Somerset House 

There are few more famous names in the culinary world than elBulli, or indeed Ferran Adrià – the renowned Spanish chef who transformed it into the globe’s premier destination for molecular gastronomy. You can now get closer to the world of elBulli than ever before, thanks to this fascinating new exhibtion at Somerset House, which takes you behind the scenes of the restaurant and explains how Adrià’s unique dishes went from concept to delicious reality. Tickets are £10. 5 Jul – 29 Sep

Silly Sports Day at the Queen of Hoxton

QOH No Sweat © Tom Wholohan

Do you and four friends think you have what it takes to be crowned sporting champions? Head to popular Shoreditch pub the Queen of Hoxton to test your mettle: you’ll be pitted against other teams in events such as beer pong, speed foosball and limbo! As well as the chance to be crowned champions, you can enjoy a BBQ on the terrace, DJ music and lots of other sports day fun. Entry for a team of 5 is £50. 6 Jul

Truck Stop, Woodwharf 

Experience phenomenal street food at Truck Stop, which brings more than 20 of the UK’s best food trucks to Woodwharf in London’s docklands. Not only can you buy tasty meals at the likes of Mother Clucker, Spit & Roast and Baba G, but you can also enjoy a locally-produced tipple at one of the many bars. Entry is £10, which includes 10 truck stop dollars for you to spend. 4-5 Jul

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The Best Places to Picnic in London Sat, 25 May 2013 09:00:33 +0000 When the sun is shining, there are fewer more pleasant ways to relax than by having a picnic in one of London’s public spaces. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite spots below – grab a blanket, pack a hamper and stretch out on the grass for an afternoon to remember.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park has many attractions that make it a perfect picnic spot – not only is there oodles of space in which you can stretch out to enjoy some nosh, but you can also go roller-blading, play numerous sports and go boating on the Serpentine. Hyde Park is also the venue for fantastic events at which picnics are welcome – September’s Proms in the Park is just one of the great options. The wonderful Kensington Gardens is just a short stroll away, why not spend a day exploring both?

Highbury Fields

If you like your picnics sizzling, head to Highbury Fields where you can BBQ in the park. As well as a warm welcome for your disposable barbecues, the park offers a children’s playground, sports facilities and a dog-free picnic area.

St James’s Park

Situated next to Buckingham Palace, St James’s is one of London’s prettiest parks. Not only can you have a picnic whilst admiring the surrounding architecture, the park’s foliage and the stunning expanse of water, but you can also see the park’s famous pelicans when they’re fed every day at 2.30pm.

Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which adjoins one of the four Inns of Court at which all barristers are members, is the largest public square in London. It’s a peaceful place for a picnic in between seeing the sights of central London – both Covent Garden and the British Museum are less than 10 minutes away.

Hampstead Heath

At 790 acres, you’re truly spoiled for choice as to where to picnic on Hampstead Heath. You could head to Parliament Hill, from which you can get an unrivalled view over London, sit in the grounds of historic Kenwood House or picnic next to the lido if you feel like an afternoon swim.

Greenwich Park

It’s not often you can picnic in a World Heritage Site, but London’s Greenwich Park allows you to do just that. Situated by the river Thames, the park offers stunning views of both the water and central London. Closer at hand are the magnificent Royal Maritime Museum and the old Royal Observatory, which provide

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a dramatic backdrop as well as the perfect post-picnic activity.

Victoria Tower Gardens

Picnic next to the Houses of Parliament in this riverside park, which gives you a chance to study the historical palace of Westminster up close. The park itself also contains a range of interesting features, including a replica of Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais and the Buxton Memorial Fountain, commemorating the emancipation of slaves.

The Regent’s Park

The stunning Regent’s Park is a wonderful place to have a picnic, especially if you’re having a relaxed meal before you see a production at the park’s Open Air Theatre. Picnic-ers can enjoy views over the lake, the glorious expanse of roses in Queen Mary’s Gardens or even the entire city of London from the heights of the park’s Primrose Hill.

Battersea Park

South London’s Battersea Park is full of picturesque picnic spots, as well as a host of attractions. Explore the children’s zoo, float on the boating lake or see an exhibition at the striking Pump House Gallery.

Where’s your favourite place to have a picnic in London?

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