Picnics make for a wonderful way to dine on the go and take in the fresh air on a beautiful summer’s day. London Parks are glorious for doing just that.
Heaped with character, the quaint parks of London are the place to toil away a long hot afternoon. You do not even have to be a nature lover to enjoy an afternoon out in the park. The ideal London parks to hold your picnic in are Hyde Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens.
Hyde Park is a very popular park for so many reasons. This park makes picnicking even easier with its own on site food facilities. With the three full-service cafés and three other food carts can be found throughout the park you can get great already prepared food to take away for your picnic in the park. This especially comes in handy if you forget the mustard at home. Also, very convenient for those who have run out of the picnic afternoon bottle of wine? Alcohol is on the menu from the Dell service along the east bank of The Serpentine. Taking a few sandwiches from the Hyde Park Tennis Centre Café is very useful after a few exchanges of the tennis ball on the public facilities tennis courts.
For those who have arrived at Hyde Park with your packed lunch for a lovely day’s picnic in the park you can choose just about anywhere in the park’s beautiful garden or waterfront view areas to set up for lunch. If picnicking out with children you may want to try setting up your afternoon of picnicking near the park’s playground. The playground will be a wonderful way for the children to conclude a day of picnicking in the park. This is especially so if you need to occupy children when the adults are content to linger on in conversation well after the meal is down.
Kensington Gardens is set alongside Hyde Park. Not too many visitors actually can tell where one park begins or the other actually ends. So your guess is as good as the guy next to you. The park features the “Royal Garden” paths and can be easily accessible from any of the nearby top tourist sites. There is even a major tourist spot in the heart of this garden for you to behold while picnicking. The tourist spot is the Kensington Palace, former home of Diana, Princess of Wales. It is one of the oldest Palaces in London. Kensington Gardens span as many as 275 acres. There are wonderful old trees which are perfect to take to for a shaded picnic afternoons. Choosing to picnic along the tree-lined Broad Walk will give you the opportunity to do some real people watching while you dine alfresco. Another tourist site to make the perfect spot for you day of picnicking is the classical-style Queen’s Temple located at the south end of this avenue. For waterfront picnic views choose the Round Pond. You can not miss it as it pretty much takes up the entire distance of the park’s central location. For your convenience and only during the month of April through September you may rent deck chairs to use for your picnic. They are rented for the affordable price of £1 which would give you 45 minutes use. Otherwise don’t forget to pack your blanket.
Photo of picnic in Green Park, London originally posted by robmcm