London, it can be difficult to escape the hustle and bustle and find somewhere to breathe. Whether you want to tan while sunbathing in the summer or have an energizing walk in the winter, public parks are a nice escape from the chaos and crowds of city life. 

We bring you Escape Campus’ guide to the best parks in London, so that you can refresh, relax and recharge in these wonderful open spaces. .

Hyde Park – Central London

One of the most famous parks in London, Hyde Park, is very central and deserves a visit from anyone wanting to explore London’s green bits. Take a gentle walk through the meadow, pedal a bicycle through the park, row a boat or even swim in the lake in the centre of Hyde Park: The Serpentine. The park contains 4,000 trees and other landmarks including the grand stone entrance, Speaker’s Corner, the Peter Pan and Jelly Baby statues and many fabulous fountains.

Kensington gardens are attached to Hyde Park. They are beautifully British and, combined with Hyde Park, form an area larger than Monaco! 

Green Park – Central London

Green Park, located right next to Buckingham Palace, is different to its neighbouring parks, as it contains no lakes, buildings or playgrounds. Instead, Green Park offers a much more natural experience with only grass areas, trees and flowers. It is perfect for seeing spring in the city, as the Park turns bright yellow every year in March with thousands of daffodils. As the weather gets warmer, the vast grassy open areas are ideal for people who love a good picnic.

Regents Park – Central London

Regents Park is great for wildlife lovers as it is home to over 100 species of birds and a growing number of hedgehogs. This park is also where London Zoo is located, which contains 20,000 animals and is also home to the snake scene in the first Harry Potter film, so make sure to get a selfie by the python enclosure! If you like fitness, there are excellent facilities for you to exercise in central London’s largest outdoor sports area. If you like the theatre, there is a beautiful Open Air Theatre that shows performances during the summer. There is something for everyone!

Richmond Park – South West London

Richmond Park is attractive in many ways. It is the largest of the royal parks and is 3 times the size of Central Park in New York! It has over 600 free roaming deer, trees that are 800 years old and rare wild flowers. It has a stunning landscape and a view that is so good it is protected by the British Parliament (Check our blog of the best views in London).

If you want some different sports, this park has off-road cycle paths, horse stables, two golf courses and even power kiting.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – East London

The perfect place for a fun family day out. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has fantastic open green spaces for you to take a relaxing afternoon walk. For the sporty types, there are world-class sporting facilities such as the Velodrome and Aquatics Centre. For kids, the Tumbling Bay playground has rock pools, sand pits and treehouses for them to explore. Whether you have kids or feel like being a big kid for the day, the iconic Orbit Tower has some amazing views from the top platform that you can enjoy before zooming down the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide.