If there’s one thing Londoners love it’s their parks, come summer when the sun is shining pretty much every green space in the city is covered with people relaxing after work or enjoying their weekend and it’s no surprise as London has an abandon of beautiful parks (and most people living in this city don’t have a garden!) and this summer picnics have become my new favourite thing!
The one thing that makes a picnic even better though (apart from the mass of cheese, dip and wine) is an incredible view, so I have put together a list of 5 London parks perfect for a picnic with a city view and hopefully you’ll be able to squeeze a few in before Autumn kicks in (I certainly hope to).
Let’s start with what i think is the best view from a park and perhaps just one of the best views of London in general.
From Primrose Hill you can literally lie on the hill and track the city from the London Eye to the BT tower to the Shard to the Walkie Talkie building to the Gerkin plus a lot more so pack some food and drink and watch the city go from day into night just as i did!
Closest Station- Chalk Farm on the Northern Line
Hampstead Heath gives you pretty much the same view when at it’s Parliament Hill Viewpoint as you get on Primrose Hill but from a bit further away. The plus of this park though is its sheer size and beauty so you can combine a picnic and city view with a beautiful long walk though the meadows. Hampstead Heath also has its swimming ponds open during the summer and a great farmers market on a Saturday morning so there’s plenty to do.. or you can just sit and enjoy the view!
Closest Station- Hampstead on the Northern Line or Hampstead Heath on the overground
Another huge and awesome Park is Greenwich Park. Admittedly I haven’t managed to get there for an actual picnic this Summer however I visited in Spring and loved the park and the view from the top which gives you a perspective of the city from Canary Wharf side and with the O2 arena thrown in too!
Getting some food from Greenwich Market before hand would be a great idea so you have some fresh and yummy treats to take up the hill with you.
Nearest Station – Cutty Sark or Greenwich on the DLR line
For an option further North and in the Zone 3 region then Alexandra Park, a huge park nestled just under Alexandra Palace (or Ally Pally as the locals call it), would be a great idea. From the here the city is only a few dots in the very far distance however it’s still a pretty incredible view. I visited recently and although it was quite quiet and quite cloudy as you can see in the photo, i can imagine on a sunny Sunday this park gets very busy. It does benefit from having lots of parking as well as a bar and cafe onsite.
Nearest Station – Wood Green on the Northern Line or Alexandra Palace on the national rail
St James Park
Now St James Park doesn’t benefit from the high vantage point that the other 4 parks do however it does have a pretty good view of the London Eye popping out from above the trees one side and Buckingham Palace to the other side. The benefit of this park as well is how centrally located it is to the River Thames, West Minster, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and loads more!
I headed there after work with a friend on a sunny day and it was packed with people thinking the exact same thing and had a really nice atmosphere!
Nearest Station- St James Park on the Circle & District lines and Charing Cross on the Northern line
And there you have it, 5 parks in London perfect for a picnic with a city view!
As i said, i hope to get back to some of these by the end of this summer but they’ll all be on my to-go to list when summer arrives again next year!
**Do you have any other parks that you’d recommend in London??**