Pick of the Picnics…
Whether you choose to do it with your better half in the middle of a nature reserve or with friends whilst watching the sunset over the City skyline, there’s somewhere in London for everyone to get up close and personal… with a picnic. Of course. This summer is set to be a scorcher and London is home to some of the most fantastic parks and open spaces. You’ll be able to enjoy dining Al Fresco whether you’re North, South, East or West. We’ve provided you beauties with our top ten* picnicking spots over London to make all the girls weak at the knees. Fancy splashing out on a picnic basket? Check out our post on our favourites picnic baskets here.
1. Hampstead Heath. NW3 1BP
Nearest Tube: Hampstead Station
The heath has one of the highest viewing points in London, making for some pretty awesome skyline views. #instagramheaven. Situated amongst the 791 acres of Hampstead Heath you’ll find plenty of secret hide aways, winding paths and off piste terrain, making getting lost actually pretty fun. If you’re feeling brave for £2 you can take a dip in one of five bathing ponds. Two of which are single sex (yes for us), or you can just watch the world go by whilst consuming your bodyweight in beige foods.
2. Camley Street Natural Park. N1C 4PW
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross
This little gem is wedged between two of London’s busiest train stations and has blossomed from a wasteland to a green space bursting with wildlife. Originally used as coal drop between St Pancreas and Kings Cross, the area was bought in 1981 with the view to develop into a Lorry Park. To cut a long story short, after some strong campaigning it was opened as a nature reserve in 1986 and has continued to attract visitors ever since! A great place to get your picnic on.
3. Morden Hall Park . SM4 5JD
Nearest Tube: Morden or Wimbledon
Up your picnic game at Morden Hall Park. Formally a deer park, the 120 acres of greenery is situated besides the River Morden, South of the Thames and is full to the brim with nature, culture and history. Dogs are welcome so you can bring your pup to enjoy park life and explore the twisting pathways and nature trails.
4. St Georges Garden. WC1N 1AB
Nearest Tube: Russell Square / Euston
St Georges Gardens were originally burial grounds for two nearby churches (nice) until the gardens were opened for public use way back in 1884. The Urban Park’s Programme gave a grant in 1997 and in 2001 the park re opened after a much needed revamp. Here you are allowed to crack out a Barbie, as long as you follow the rules of Camden Council’s Guidelines.
5. Battersea Park. SW11 4NJ
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square
As featured in our date inspo post, Battersea is a real beaut of a park. Not only is there an abundance of grass, you can also take part in activities involving golf balls and high wires (not together). Central to the park is a huge lake, neatly surrounded by a maze of pathways ensuring you feel well and truly disorientated. Spinning head without alcohol?
6. Rembrandt Gardens in Little Venice. W9 2PF
Nearest Tube: Edware Road
Situated next to a canal, the Rembradt Gardens boast a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a lazy afternoon lunch. Enjoy a picnic in the heart of London looking out across Little Venice. A bit of history for you; These gardens were originally opened as “Warwick Avenue Gardens” in 1950 but the name changed when Westminster and Amsterdam linked in 1975. Apparently the place was awash with traditional Dutch dress and an abundance of tulips. Uitstekend!!
7. Victoria Park. E3 5TB
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
One of London’s biggest parks, Victoria has a huge area to play with, along with ice cream vans on very entrance and exit. Treat her to a whippy or grab a delicious coffee from the café, boasting some great views and outdoor seating over looking the lake. Romantic. This park has some great flat surfaces, so if you did fancy skateboarding, you can kill two birds at once. Not literally, although that could be a possibility.
8. Greenwich Park. SE10 8XJ
Nearest Tube: North Greenwich
South East is home to arguably one of the most beautiful parks in London, Greenwich Park. The park is made up of 183 acres of land, making it one of the largest single green spaces in the SE. Want to make it an entire day date? Check out our post on a day date in Greenwich.
9. Brockwell Park. SE24 9BJ
Nearest Station: Herne Hill
Travel just south of Brixton and you’ll find over 50 acres of Brockwell Park nestled between Herne Hill and Tulse Hill. Home to Sunfall Fest on Saturday 12th August, the park is a popular choice for outdoor events and other such organised fun. Comes complete with a lido built in 1937, so bring that bikini if you fancy a plunge.
10. Bushy Park. TW11 7EQ
Nearest Station: Teddington/Hampton Wick/Hampton Court
The pedestrian gates at Bushy Park are open 24/7, so whether you want an early morning munchies or some late night noche you won’t be prevented from chowing down at a time that suits you. Bushy is the second largest of London’s eight Royal Parks and apparently has existed for around 4,000 years and has some interesting history including medieval boundaries and a Tudor deer park.
*in no particular order, no favouritism here.