by Guest Blogger Ahmed Al-Ansari
From the 13th to the 21st June 2015 the nation
celebrates National Picnic Week!
For those busy working or who live in one of the many high rise apartments in
the city we have compiled a list of the top green spaces that you can enjoy
while on a lunch break, day out or simply a stroll.
We have even gone to the trouble of listing the closest tube station
to show how easy it is to reach these fantastic communal parks.
Tube Station: Green Park or Hyde Park Corner
Park is one of the smallest royal parks in the city centre with just 40 acres.
It lies next to Buckingham Palace and is a popular location for picnics.
park opened to the public in 1826, previous to then it was an enclosed area
used as a hunting ground by King Charles II.
the area is smaller and has just one kiosk for refreshments the location is so
central it is perfect for those wanting to take part in the ‘Picnic Week’
during a lunch hour with use of some very British striped deck chairs for hire.
Closest Tube Station: Golders
Green, Hampstead Heath or Kentish Town
‘The Heath’ as it is known is one of the oldest areas of common land
in London dating back to 986 and it is even mentioned in the Doomsday Book of
This open space, although much smaller than back in the 9th
Century, encompasses 790 acres of land, with a zoo, athletics track, education
centre, and three free swimming pools and a Lido!
If you are not the sporty type the park offers one of the best views
of London standing at one of the highest points in the city.
The Heath also has a recognised status as one of London’s best
places for wildlife.
Closest Tube Station: Queen’s Park
Queens Park, named after Queen Victoria in 1887, is also a
The 12 hectares of space, although far smaller than the likes of
Hampstead Heath, provide a green space in one of London’s most densely
The park includes a tennis court, pitch and putt course, ornamental
garden, paddling pool, small zoo and café.
Tube Station: Monument or Tower Hill
popular space was opened as a garden in the 1970’s, one of the more recent
additions to London’s green spaces. Originally the Church of St Dunstan stood
on the area but after damage from the Great Fire of London and the Blitz in
1941 the church went into disrepair and in 1967 it was decided that the ruins
would be used as a garden area.
with green fingers will really appreciate this green space, rich with flowers
webbing through the ruins.
Closest Tube Station: Lancaster Gate
and Marble Arch
This is London’s biggest royal park at
350 acres which equates to approx. 1.5 miles long and 1 mile wide. The park
once owed by King Henry VIII was opened to the public in the 1600’s but during
that time only very high class members of society were allowed to enter the
It is the home to landmarks including
Serpentine Lake, Speakers Corner and Diana, Princes of Wakes Memorial Fountain,
but what it is perhaps best known for in recent times is as a popular location
for mass demonstrations, the Christmas Winter Wonderland and live music events.
The park also offers a volunteer run
electric buggy service. ‘Liberty Drives’ are small sightseeing buggies driven
by volunteers around the parks which do not charge a fare, but ask for a
Bio: Ahmed Al-Ansari, Media
Manager at Morgan Pryce, commercial property agents in London