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 with a picnic in the park and it’s no surprise as London has an abundance of beautiful parks in London!
The one thing that makes a picnic in London even better though (apart from the mass of cheese, dip and wine) is an incredible view of the London City Skyline, so I have put together a list of the best parks in London for a Picnic with a city view and the best picnic spots in London to visit!
Picnic Spots in London
Let’s start with what I think is the best London Park with a City View and perhaps one of the best views of London in general for your Picnic Spots in London!
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 love to!
Closest Station – Chalk Farm on the Northern Line
- Whilst your there, also check out Camden:
- A Guide to Camden Town
- How To Walk Along Regents Canal from Camden Town to Primrose Hill
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 and why it’s my favourite out of these Picnic Spots in London 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 of things to do in Hampstead, or you can just sit and enjoy the view!
Overall, Hampstead Heath is the best park in London anyway I think and perfect for a London picnic!
Closest Station – Hampstead on the Northern Line or Hampstead Heath on the overground
- More posts to help you visit Hampstead:
- A Walking Guide around Beautiful Hampstead
- 30 Things To Do in Hampstead
- How to Swim in the Hampstead Swimming Ponds
- The Best Pubs to Visit in Hampstead
Another huge and awesome Park for one of the best picnic spots in London is Greenwich Park. This London Park offers a great city view of London to have your picnic with, but this time over Canary Wharf and the River Thames.
Getting some food from Greenwich Market beforehand 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
- Related Post:
- Things To Do in Greenwich!
For an option further North in London and in the Zone 3, Alexandra Park, a huge park nestled just under Alexandra Palace (or Ally Pally as the locals call it), would be a great idea to visit for your picnic in a London park with a city view!
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 on site.
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 and best picnic spots in London, 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 for a picnic in London 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
- Related Posts:
- A Walking Guide from Tower Bridge to the London Eye
- Why You Should Take a River Thames Boat Cruise
And there you have it, 5 parks in London perfect for a Summer picnic with a city view and the best picnic spots in London!
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