With summer just round the corner, there is no excuse for guests at The Montcalm at the Brewery London City not to explore the great outdoors of London. With spring blooming and summer just round the corner there are plenty of outdoor activities to engage in and plenty of parks hosting a wide range of activities and attractions, especially come summer time. If the weather is holding up and you’re looking for a nice day out for the family, then visiting London’s historic parks and green spaces can bring a breath of fresh air to your visit.
Hyde Park is one of London’s Royal Parks and not only does the park hold many pieces of stunning memorials and a statue of Queen Victoria herself but straddles the line between Green Park and Kensington Gardens. Nearby sites include Wellington Arch, a memorial for the Duke of Wellington created by architect Decimus Burton. This is a grand Marble arches and bronze sculpture of Nike, the Goddess of Victory. The Speakers Corner hosts public speakers from many backgrounds and philosophies. Here famous speakers have included George Orwell, engaging the general public in debate about current events and life tips. Hyde Park is also home to the Serpentine Lake, a must for anyone looking for a way to cool off in the sweltering summer sun. Having been created on behalf of Queen Caroline of Brunswick in 1730, the recreational lake stands next to the amazing Riverside Café which serves great food all year round. On the lake itself, visitors can visitors can rent paddle boats to sail around the haven of wildlife, Geese and Swans being among those that have made their home in Hyde Park. The Lake is also home to an outdoor recreational swimming area made of natural water and therefore not heated. A perfect World Class Attraction in which visitors can take a cool dip on a hot day.
Victoria Park is located in Hackney and stands very close to the Olympic Park and Hackney Wick area of London. Lined by the beautiful Regents Canal, London’s Victoria Park is a delightful day out, with its many house boat styled drinking spots and markets alongside world class sports facilities and beautiful green fields. In the summer visitors can buy tickets to Lovebox Music Festival, a family friendly festival complete with food stalls and family activities on top of the magnificent rostra of musicians who will be playing on the weekend of July 14th and 15th. This year’s acts include Rag and Bone Man and Frank Ocean.
Green Park, next to Hyde Park leads directly to Buckingham Palace and is another of London’s Royal Parks. Interestingly, the park is said to have been marshland before becoming a park, acting as a burial ground for lepers before in 1652, area of the park was given to Charles II to become private hunting grounds for him and his noblemen. Caroline of Brunswick had a walkway built into the park before John Nash landscaped what is now the Green Park we know in the early 19th century. There are only a few memorials in the park including the Bomber Command Memorial and the Princes Diana fountain.
Richmond Park is another of London’s Royal Parks and is well known for having deer live in the 856 hectares of land as well as being a reserve for many other forms of wildlife. The park is known for being teeming with wildlife and was originally created by King Charles I as a hunting ground in the 17th century.