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Picking the 7 Best Picnic Spots in London

by Franck Jehanne

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Picnics are a great way to spend time with friends and loved ones, but it's important to pick the best spot!

In this blog post, we'll be discussing some of our favourite picnic spots in London.

From beautiful parks to tranquil gardens, there is something for everyone out there.

If you are new to picnics, make sure to browse some of our other articles as well:

What to Pack for a Picnic Date

How to Keep Food Cold for a Picnic

Picnic Desserts

If you want to show up in style, check out our selection of waterproof picnic blankets or picnic toolkits available in our shop.

Hampstead Heath

In the heart of London, Hampstead Heath is a vast expanse of green space that offers many recreational opportunities to those who live in or visit the city. The heath has over seven hundred acres of land and includes a lake, woods, hills, and open spaces where people can go walking, running, or enjoying a picnic. 

It also features tennis courts, cricket pitches, and football fields as well as an 18-hole golf course. In addition to all these outdoor activities, there are plenty of indoor pursuits such as bowling alleys and climbing walls for rainy days!

Hyde Park

It's difficult to find a better spot than Hyde Park for your picnic. This vast green space has lots of different areas where you can enjoy the company of friends and family while eating your meal. The park is very close to Oxford Street too, which means it won't be hard for anyone joining you on this trip!

Let's go through some of the best places for a picnic within Hyde Park. 

The Serpentine is a great place to start with its proximity to Kensington Gardens and Diana Memorial Playground. If you're looking for more space, then head over to Rotten Row or Speaker's Corner where there are plenty of benches for seating. The most popular spot though has got to be Speakers' Corner where anyone can get up on stage and share their opinion just about anything.

Victoria Park

One of the best places in London to go for a picnic is Victoria Park, which has an abundance of green space and family-friendly attractions. The park is located in the heart of East London, just off busy Victoria Street.

Victoria Park's large open spaces offer picnickers ample room to spread out their blankets and enjoy the sunshine with friends and family members.

Adventurous families can also take advantage of some fun activities at one of the many playgrounds scattered throughout the park, such as climbing on rocks or exploring sand pits.

Kew Gardens

There is a beautiful garden in London, which is perfect for a picnic. It has lots of flowers and trees, as well as ponds and fountains with turtles. You can even feed the ducks! It's called Kew Gardens and it's one of the most famous gardens in the world. There are restaurants with great food too so your kids won't be bored while you eat! 

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew - often referred to simply as Kew Gardens; includes an arboretum containing one of the finest collections of living plants on Earth, together with historic buildings such as glasshouses and high-temperature greenhouses for plant research including genomics work, dating back to 1841 when its first seeds were propagated.

Alexandra Palace Park

The beautiful Alexandra Palace Park in London is the perfect place for a picnic. It’s right next to the famous Alexandra Palace, which was made back in 1873 and has been hosting concerts ever since. There are plenty of benches to relax on after your meal, or you can take a walk around the park to see all its beauty. 

The famous Crystal Palace that was built in Hyde Park during 1851-1854 is also just down the road from here if you want to visit it as well!

Richmond Park

Richmond Park is the largest of London's Royal Parks and it is a great place for families to go for an outdoor picnic. The park has over 500 acres of woodland, meadows, lakes, and ponds, as well as many sports fields.

It also has some fantastic attractions like the Deer Sanctuary which you can visit to admire the deer up close or feed carrots to them.

For those looking for more than just nature, there are plenty of activities on offer such as paddle boating on one of the six lakes in the summertime!

Holland Park

Holland Park is a green space in West London, close to the centre of the city. It’s a great place for families who want to enjoy some time outdoors and get away from their busy lives. There are many options for day trips and activities at Holland Park including The Japanese Garden, Paddling Pool, Wild Flower Meadow, Tennis Courts, etc. 

The Paddling pool is perfect for children with its large entrance size which makes it easy to enter or leave without assistance. They can also swim around in the shallow water as they will not be able to go too deep into this area due to how shallow it is. The paddling pool has lifeguards on duty during operating hours so parents don't need to worry.

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Franck Jehanne is the co-founder of British lifestyle brand, Heating & Plumbing London. After 10 years working for Cartier and other luxury brands from the Richemont group, he started his entrepreneurial journey in 2011, leading to the creation of the brand in 2017.

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