London is not just about the biggest and the best of everything ranging from attractions to entertainment. There is plenty more to the city than meets the eye! Yes, it one of the most modern metropolises on the planet, but that does not mean it is just another concrete jungle. In fact, London is one of the greenest cities on the planet with eight Royal Parks, gardens, squares, parklands etc. Nature lovers will enjoy visiting the wealth of nature spots spread across the city.
If you are planning a holiday in London you must include a visit to its spots of natural beauty in your travel itinerary. Of course, if you want to get the most out of your trip staying at a hotel in London’s centre would definitely help. The Montcalm Marble Arch hotel a stone’s throw from Hyde Park would be ideal.
Some of the best places to chill out and enjoy a picnic in London are:
Kew Gardens: A short drive (just around 30 minutes) from the centre of the city is the famous Kew Gardens. A great place to enjoy a picnic, the gardens are home to some of the most exotic species of flora on the planet. Spread across a large area there are ample secluded spots to escape to and enjoy your picnic. While most visitors to the gardens flock to the place to admire its collection of flowers and plants, it does offer a tranquil getaway from the hubbub of London. Relax in the sere surroundings and feast on a picnic hamper from Harrods along with some champagne to raise the spirits. Kew Gardens’ atmosphere makes visitors feel a world away from the maddening crowds of the city. Join any of the guided tours and enjoy a variety of activities in the area.
Primrose Hill: If you want one of the most stunning views of the city and its landmarks, along with a great location for a picnic, Primrose Hill is the place. Escape the din and crowds of Camden High Street and you will arrive at this beautiful location, a short hop away. The area is among the six protected vantage points of the city. It offers some of the best views of the prominent landmarks of the city. Getting to the summit is a bit of a sweat as it is steep, but once there it is well worth the trip. Choose a nice location with the best views and spread out your blanket to camp for a few hours in relative tranquillity. If you visit during the summer, make it a quintessential British picnic by carrying a few bottles of chilled Pimms to make it a more memorable experience.
Bushy Park: Located to the South West of the city past Richmond Park you will find another gem, Bushy Park. Two of the main attractions in the park are its popular Upper Lodge Water Garden and the Waterhouse Woodland Garden. Grab a glass of bubbly or wine (British of course) and find a suitable spot by the baroque style fountains, beneath a chestnut tree or by the banks of the river. With varied habitat, it is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest with various species of wildlife, including deer.