With British Summer Time just around the corner, it has us thinking of long lazy days spent picnicking in the park. And with so many lush green spaces around the capital, there’s no excuse not to pack a picnic (or just party food!) and head out for a fun day in the sun. For ultimate nostalgia, invite a group of friends, take a ball, and some games – and maybe a plastic mac – it is good old Blighty after all!
If like us, you’re already dreaming of those halcyon days, here are a few of our favourite spots around London for a family picnic even Enid Blyton would be jealous of.
Make like an arty A-lister and head to Primrose Hill. Located next to Camden and Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill offers spectacular views over the city. Pick a spot in the middle of the hill where the ground flattens out a little bit, and spend the day staring up at blue skies! Wander down the hill for deli’s serving locally produced sausage (and vegan) rolls, and delight at the pretty pastel grand Georgian mansion houses.
Sit under the shade of ancient oak trees and watch the deer graze. If it weren’t for the view of the city skyline, you could be fooled in to thinking you were enjoying a day out in Charles I 17th century London.
With over 955 hectares, even on a busy day you’re sure to find a picnic spot. Wander down Richmond Hill road to grab a delicious ice cream – and if cakes are more your thing the Richmond Hill Bakery should definitely be your next port of call.
If you’re looking for a quintessential place to grab a picnic in the city, head to the iconic Hyde Park. If you’re feeling brave, why not take a dip in the Serpentine Lido? There’s also a paddling pool – perfect for children – and swans.
Or, simply sit on the side and watch pedalos go by. Find a secluded bench in the pretty rose garden, or wander to Kensington Gardens and sit by the Peter Pan Statue.
If the stifling heat of the city is too much, and you want to escape the hustle and bustle, trains to Orpington give you the perfect excuse for a picnic in Priory Gardens. The pretty Priory dates back to the 13th century and sits in the lush ornamental grounds.
With plenty of open green spaces for a spot of rounders, there’s a large play area shaded by sycamores too. Opened to the public in 1952, their present layout has remained virtually unaltered since the 1800s.
Do you have any favourite picnic spots? We’d love to hear from you!