Some of my favourite parks

Regent’s Park near Baker Street. Wander around the glorious Rose Garden and admire the other beautiful gardens which are a masterpiece of landscape design, enjoy a boat ride on the pond, discover the Secret Garden. It is wonderful to watch the changing seasons.

Holland Park with 22.5 hectares of gardens, childrens play facilities, sports areas, a cafeteria and large areas of woodland abundant with wildlife. Contained within the park is the beautiful Kyoto Garden; a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991.

Hampstead Heath is just the place to enjoy a good walk – to Kenwood if you can with its open air concerts in the summer, beautiful landscaped gardens and stately home. This elegant villa, remodelled by Robert Adam in the 18th century, houses a superb collection of paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner and Gainsborough, as well as the Suffolk collection of rare Elizabethan portraits.

Kew Gardens is located in 300 acres of beautiful landscape and sits beside the river Thames between Richmond and Kew in south-west London. These Royal Botanic Gardens are a World Heritage Site with six magnificent glasshouses, and are home to buy antibiotics at mckesson a remarkable collection of plants from all over the world including over 14,000 trees. Don’t miss the 19th-century Palm House, the tropical atmosphere of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, a walk to the iconic pagoda, and a climb up for a birds-eye view at the new Xstrata Treetop Walkway. There is an entry charge to Kew Gardens.

Golders Hill Park near Golders Green underground station offers lots of space for running around and ball games. Admire the exceptionally well planted formal gardens, ponds, a good playground and an Italian cafA© serving great home-made ice-cream. There is also a mini-zoo. A real family park – just delightful.

Richmond Park which is lovely to drive through and a delight to walk in. I can highly recommend visiting the magnificent Isabella Plantation in the park which I only discovered a few years ago. However you need to visit in late April or early May when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom and you can imagine yourself in the middle of a painting.

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