London’s Royal Parks really come alive during the summer. From evening bat hunts in Hyde Park to live jazz bands in Greenwich, there’s always something going on. There are eight Royal Parks in total, covering almost 5,000 acres of land. Each one has a vast array of sightseeing activities to partake in.
Hire a Boat in Hyde Park
Hyde Park and Regent’s Park both contain boathouses and lakes that are open to the public. Rowing boats and pedalos can be hired on an hourly or daily basis. Opening times and dates can vary according to the weather, so make sure you check in advance if you want to make a day of it.
Watch Live Jazz in Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park has recently gone through a major refurbishment, and it’s now more beautiful than ever before. The Royal Observatory café hosts live jazz every Friday from 9th May until the end of August, allowing you to listening to top-quality music while enjoying the stunning view of Canary Wharf.
View London’s Skyline on Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill is the highest peak in London and offers superb views of the city skyline. Located in the Camden area, local residents include celebrities, politicians and even members of the Royal Family – all of which can be seen strolling the walkways during the summer.
Play Golf in Richmond Park
The Richmond Park golf course has just had a multi-million pound refurbishment. The stunning gardens and vast array of wildlife make it the perfect spot if you want to get away from the hustle of bustle of the big city and enjoy a nice quiet game. The new clubhouse doesn’t require membership and contains a coffee shop, bar and restaurant.
Watch the Trooping the Colour Parade in St James’s Park
Once per year, on the Sovereign’s official birthday, a military parade will take place in St James’s Park from 10am until 1pm. In addition, there will be a flypast over Buckingham Palace. If you want to see The Queen in all her glory, the Trooping of Colour is a must.
Hire a Boris Bike
Almost all of the Royal Parks have bike lanes and nearby docking stations where you can hire a Boris Bike for just a few pounds per day. The vast greenery provides a particularly pleasant backdrop if you want to break a sweat and enjoy the sunshine.
Play Cricket in Greenwich Park
Throughout the summer Greenwhich Park will be hosting a number of cricket matches. To take part yourself just give Christine Sheffield a call on 0300 061 2380 and get your name on the list. If you’d like to watch, just turn up on the day.
Watch Deer in Richmond Park
Richmond Park has a diverse range of wildlife and is one of the biggest conservation parks in the area. It contains 630 red and fallow deer which roam freely, making it one of the best places in the UK for viewing these magnificent beasts in their natural environment.
With so much to see and do the Royal Parks of London really are the highlight of the city during the summer season. If you’d like to see them from a completely different perspective, take a ride on The London Helicopter.