The Capital is blessed with abundant green space, often transforming a good neighbourhood into a great one. We pick 10 of London’s proudest parks.
With its panoramic views over the London skyline and the iconic Alexandra Palace at its summit, Alexandra Park has much to offer the residents of Muswell Hill and Crouch End. A weekly farmers’ market, plus the ice rink and concert arena in Ally Pally, add to its appeal.
Haven for dog walkers, kite fliers and Sunday footballers, this flat south London expanse covers 220 acres and is the focal point for the Clapham community. It boasts the Capital’s oldest bandstand and is ringed by some stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Linking the popular neighbourhoods of Stoke Newington and Highbury, the Green Flag winning Clissold Park is a much loved space. Locals make ample use of its tennis courts, playground, paddling pool and attractive café, or simply enjoy strolling by its duck ponds and animal enclosures.
Crystal Palace Park
Named after the glass and steel structure that was moved from Hyde Park after the 1851 Great Exhibition, Victorian Crystal Palace Park was a pleasure ground featuring model dinosaurs, a maze, a lake and Italian terraces. You can still find all of these, as well as the National Sports Centre, a concert bowl, a café and a city farm.
At the heart of desirable Dulwich Village, the equally genteel Dulwich Park boasts a boating lake and tandem bike hire – a romantic way to explore its picturesque lawns and duck ponds.
Eel Brook Common
Steadfastly resisting any attempts at development the attractive mini three acres of Eel Brook Common on the boundary of Fulham’s New King’s Road were once used as a plague pit. Today, you’ll find sports pitches, tennis courts and a playground.
Grand institutions and museums line up grandly around this proud Royal Park adding value to the already desirable Greenwich streets, which feature some gorgeous period properties. Enjoy landscaped gardens and stroll to the top of the hill for wonderful views over the Thames, Canary Wharf and the Greenwich Peninsula.
Once the haunt of highwaymen and now bang in the middle of some of London’s most desirable areas in Hampstead, Highgate and Belsize Park, the wild and untamed 790 acres of Hampstead Heath offer meadows, woodlands and wildlife, three bathing ponds, stately home Kenwood House and dizzying views from lofty Parliament Hill.
Bordering the popular suburban neighbourhoods of Kingston upon Thames and Richmond, this massive Royal Park is known for resident deer, and is a wonderful resource for walkers, cyclists and horse riders of all ages. Enjoy the Victorian woodland garden of the Isabella Plantation and marvel at the protected view from King Henry’s Mound to St Paul’s.
The 200 acres of ancient common land that lie between Balham, Streatham and Tooting feature tennis courts, fishing, nature trails, ponds and woodland. The crowning glory is Tooting Bec Lido, an open air swimming pool dating to 1906.