London is very well known for its parks and green areas: in summer, you will find everybody on the grass, enjoying the sun. So in case that you are coming to London with your family and you would like to spend some time outdoors, we have made a selection of the best parks for families with children:
Only 30 minutes away from central London, Kew Gardens is one of the most impressive and biggest botanical gardens in the world. Your family will spend a lovely day enjoying its 300 acres where you will find more than 30,000 kinds of plants, a treetop walk, different plant houses and conservatories, the Kew Palace and some museums.
St James’s Park
You can find this park just opposite Buckingham Palace. It has a small lake with two islands (West Island and Duck Island) and it hosts a wide range of birds, from pelicans to mallards, that you and your kids can feed. This is the perfect place to organise a family picnic as it also has a playground for children.
If you want to spend some time with your kids playing sports this is the right place to do it! There are football, golf, cricket and netball facilities that you can use at no charge. There is also a playground with climbing structures, zip wire, giant see-saw and mini climbing wall.
This 200 acre green space is located just opposite Chelsea. In this park you will find a little zoo, a boating lake, a bandstand and some sports facilities to play tennis or football. It also hosts some events during the year such as concerts, food markets or their famous fireworks night on the weekend of the 5th November.
Diana Memorial Playground
You can find this park in Kensington Gardens, next to the late princess’s home. This place is inspired by the stories of Peter Pan so your children will play around tepees and a giant pirate ship. It also has an area for kids with disabilities.
If you want to be 100% in contact with nature while not leaving London, you should visit Richmond Park. It is the largest of London’s Royal Parks and it is also a national nature reserve where you can find about 30 ponds and lots of wildlife: squirrels, rabbits, snakes, frogs, stag beetles and even deer!