Spring time is one of the best periods to visit the capital of the United Kingdom, London! It has the distinction of being out of the greenest capitals on the planet. The green open spaces and the city’s numerous parks are renowned for their stunning natural beauty and visitors can explore them for free. What makes London really unique from other capitals is the number of splendid royal parks that are to be found all across the city. It includes parks on land that formerly belonged to the monarchy that used these large open spaces as royal hunting preserves. Once the population of the city of the city began to increase and there was a rise in urbanisation there was the risk of it consuming the large green open spaces. It was then decided to convert the green areas owned by the monarchy into the city’s eight Royal Parks.
If you plan to visit London this spring it is recommended to stay at a central spot like any of the accommodation near Brewery Road London City. The benefit of staying in the area is the many attractions to be found in the vicinity including access to some of the best Royal Parks.
There are a number of excellent boutique hotels to be found in the area of which The Montcalm Hotel at the Brewery London City is very popular with visitors, on account of its fine facilities, elegant ambience and reasonable price. While in the city three of the top Royal Parks to visit are:
It is the biggest of all the Royal Parks and covers over 2500 acres. A serene landscape it consists of woodlands and meadows that are an idyllic retreat from the cacophony and crowds of London. It has been designated as a National Nature Reserve, and visitors can enjoy a relaxed bike ride on its many trails, fish at Pen Ponds or even ride horses along its sylvan trails.
Some of the top attractions in Richmond Park include
Isabella Plantation: One of the most stunningly attractive ‘ornamental woodlands garden’ in London, it was been specially designed to always look spectacular irrespective of the time of year it is visited. The garden is maintained using only organic methods as a part of it has been declared a site of Special Scientific Interest.
Herd of deer: One of the biggest attractions to be found in Richmond Park is the numerous herds of Fallow and Red deer that roam and graze freely all through the estate. One of the best times to catch sight of them is in the months from May to July when the offspring are born. The only caveat is visitors need to be wary of their protective mothers!
The Way: Actually St. Paul’s Cathedral gates are referred to as ‘The Way’ and are linked to the park through a protected ten-mile view. It can be seen from King Henry’s Mound. It was built and designed to celebrate the tri-centennial of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
One of the most visited and famous of London’s Royal Parks, Hyde Park was the location for the Crystal Palace that was specially built for the Great Exhibition in 1851. The principal reason the park has gained so much of fame as it often appears on the world media as being a site for mass demonstrations. These date back to the era of Suffragettes from the late 19th onwards. An area very popular with demonstrators is Speaker’s Corner that was purposefully created as a spot for debates and public speaking. Hyde Park is spread over 340 acres and creates a greenbelt chain starting from Kensington Palace to past Buckingham Palace’s main entrance. Hyde Park shares its borders with Kensington Gardens, which is another Royal Park. Despite being in the heart of the city visitors are transported to the rustic wilderness with over 4000 trees, rolling meadows and a magnificent lake.
Some of its top attractions include
Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain: The fountain was designed and built to celebrate the late Princess of Wales spirit and her immense love for children. The public can access it to play and wade in the water..
The Grand Entrance: This was built in 1825, and was recently named Queen Elizabeth Gate. With triple arched entryways and numerous fluted columns it is a magnificent entrance to Hyde Park.
The Serpentine Galleries: For those who love contemporary art a visit to the Serpentine Galleries is a must! These are two galleries located in the area and are just a short stroll of each other. To get from one to the other visitors can cross a bridge built over the Serpentine Lake. Some of the prominent contemporary artists whose works have been featured here include Damian Hirst, Henry Moore, Jeff Coons and Andy Warhol among other well known names. There is to entrance fee charged to visit the gallery.
St. James’ Park
Situated at the centre of London it the oldest of the Royal Parks. It is comparatively smaller being spread over 58 acres close to the famous Mall. It is the location where a number of ceremonial events and parades take place. Some of the prominent events include the ceremonial Changing of the Guards, the Horse Guards Parade Ground that hosts the Queen’s Lifeguard changes etc. The park is well known for its lake that is home to a variety of waterfowls and pelicans.
Some of the top attractions are
The Diana Memorial Walk: It is built to honour the memory of Lady Diana and stretches for 7 miles with the walk passing through St. James Park. It has been specifically designed in a manner to allow visitors to catch a glimpse of locations and buildings that were linked to the Late Princess.
The Beating Retreat: This grand event features the bands of the Queen’s Household Division and is hosted on the Horse Guards Parade Ground.
Queen Victoria Memorial: It is dedicated to Queen Victoria and can been outside the entrance to Buckingham Palace. It was the location where Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in 2013, with a number of festivities and events.