We’re in the peak of summer now, and London simply wouldn’t be London without swarms of residents sunbathing at Primrose Hill or Victoria Park. This weather also calls for a little al fresco dining (totally budget friendly) – so pack up your hampers, rustle up your favourite sandwiches and snacks, grab a cheap bottle and head to one of our favourite parks for food with a view. With so many awesome picnic spots in the capital, summer is set to be a blast and you can save money on eating out too. Here are the best places for a picnic in London:
The top of the hill at this beautiful park is more than 60 metres above sea level, so if you’re looking to enjoy your ham and cheese with a serving of scenery, this is the place to lay your picnic blanket. Packed with sunbathers, locals and tourists during the hot summer months, it can be hard to get a quiet spot. But with the sprawling city skyline in view as you chow down, it’s definitely worth it.
Nearest station: Camden Town
If you want to escape the congested roads and busy streets of the city, Kew Gardens is the place to go. It provides a stunning setting for picnickers and there are so many beautiful spots to set yourself down within the garden grounds. There’s also a designated picnic area near Brentford Gate.
Nearest station: Kew Gardens Station
London Fields is the green hangout for foodies. Broadway Market is just down the road so you can pick up some artisan goods to fill your picnic hamper with. Beats eating out and will cost you just a fraction of the price. There’s plenty of open space, park benches and tree lined pathways for an after lunch stroll.
Nearest station: London Fields Station
A taste of the East in the West (of London), Kyoto Garden is truly an exotic spot for picnics and walks. Set within Holland Park, this park has been inspired by the zen gardens of Japan. And although it’s not exactly full of benches for sitting on, it’s the perfect place to escape the chaos of the capital. Especially beautiful during the early spring/summer months when the trees blossom.
Nearest station: Holland Park
A favourite picnic spot for Londoners, with more than 2,500 acres for you to explore. So even when it’s super busy, it won’t be hard to find a secluded little corner to call your own. The park is thriving with wildlife and deer so you can enjoy spotting the animals as you tuck into your sarnies and salads.
Nearest station: Richmond
As London’s oldest Royal Park, Greenwich Park is definitely worth a mention. For the ultimate picnic spot in this 183 acre green space, make a beeline for the top of the hill. From there you will find the most wonderful views of The Thames, and everything tastes better when you’re by the water.
Nearest station: Cutty Sark
Written by Sam Butterworth, who is a writer and blog editor for Happy2Move.