Despite the temperamental winter weather we can’t deny there’s something about those crisp mornings when Jack Frost nips at your nose and the skies are blue and clear – worthy of that ‘Insta-shot’. When these days come, we love to step out and enjoy some of the beautiful parks the capital has to offer. With eight million trees in London, the world’s largest urban forest, we have something special. That’s why we wanted to share our perfect parks to head to for a winter stroll.
Hop on the train to Richmond and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped out of London. With loops perfect for a walk, cycle or run. But it isn’t just about staying active; from petting the deers and watching some of the rugby to indulging in a coffee and cake, there is certainly something for the everyone.
Crystal Palace Park
One for the historians, Crystal Palace Park is home to some full-size dinosaurs – models built by the Victorians which you can spot in between the trees. If you aren’t into hitting the books, then you can get lost in the maze or enjoy a tranquil moment by the lake. A short train ride away on the overground from Victoria, it’s fun for the whole family.
Head to Westminster, and fly up the Jubilee Line to Greenwich Park for sweeping views of the Thames and the city of London. While you’re there why not gaze up at the stars with the Royal Observatory at one of their planetarium shows and stand on the iconic Meridian Line with one foot in the west and one foot in the east, home to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Probably the smallest of our picks, Battersea Park is the closest to Dolphin Square. Battersea Park is home to beautiful routes to meander around, ample green space to play games, and have a picnic (with a warm drink of course), and plenty of amateur sport on the weekends to watch.