Living in London, one of the biggest cities in the world can take its toll. The pace of London is frenetic at times, and you might just want to take some time out every so often to recharge your spirit in a natural setting. London has a plethora of parks and gardens that offer you a tranquil setting for a picnic, a walk, or just lazing around in a deckchair on a Sunday afternoon.

Hyde Park

This is probably one of the most famous parks in London, and certainly one of the largest. Covering over 140 hectares of central London, Hyde Park is so much more than just an open space. Dissected by the Serpentine River, Hyde Park offers something for everyone. From boating on the lake to horse riding and even tennis, the park is open every day of the year and even the stark beauty of winter does not keep people away from Hyde Park.

Self Guided Walk

Starting at Hyde Park Corner, this ramble will take you through the main attraction of Hyde Park. The Rose Gardens in summer are particularly stunning so spend some time there before moving onto the Holocaust memorial Garden and further along the Serpentine. Your walk will take you past The Lido, which is a public swimming club on the Serpentine. People swim in the Serpentine every day of the year and stalwarts of the club swim throughout winter, merely breaking a hole in the ice to enter the water! Other highlights of Hyde Park are the Diana Fountain, which is a memorial to the late Princess Diana, and Speakers Corner which is at the furthest corner. It is a tribute and memorial to free speech and you are allowed to hold forth on any subject that you wish to. Lively and interesting debates and talks, as well as rants and raves happen here on Sunday mornings.

You can also use the park for sports and fitness with cycling, roller blading and skateboarding allowed on all the roads. Hyde Park has a specialist equestrian centre as an excellent riding path available to the public.