With summer just moments away and the frost from England’s depressing long winter finally melting, there is no better time to start thinking about picnics in the park. In fact, what could be more quintessentially British than finger sandwiches, crisps and strawberries in the park on a mild day? Of course, this always comes accompanied with the threat of rain but doesn’t that just add to the excitement? So, the sun is out and you’re feeling peckish. Where is one to go for some al fresco dining in our nation’s beautiful capital? Well let me tell you…
Offering up what is quite possibly the best view in the city, Primrose Hill is a magical place for a picnic. The park is situated just a few minutes from Chalk Farm tube station and has a couple of pubs nearby so that if the weather does turn you can take cover with a pint. It only takes 5 minutes to walk to the top of the hill and it is well worth the mild panting you might experience at the summit.
Perhaps London’s most popular park, Hyde Park is absolutely massive and ready to fulfil all your picnicking needs. If the weather holds out take your hamper of goodies and sit by the side of the lake. Alternatively, grab a football, Frisbee or boomerang if you’re running low on friends and make yourself comfortable in one of the grassy areas. Shaded by the leafy trees that line the park’s avenues, you’re guaranteed picnic perfection.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Situated bang smack in the middle of Central London, Lincoln’s Inn Fields is perfect for a quick picnic before carrying on with your day out in the capital. It isn’t the biggest park in the world but there is more than enough space to have a picnic without feeling cramped. If you want to play ball games though you might want to look elsewhere.
I don’t think anyone has ever gone to Hampstead Heath and not left thoroughly impressed by its size and beauty. With a variety of landscapes, including woods, hills, fields and a lake, this park has something for everyone. However, perhaps the best thing about Hampstead Heath is that it is so big you can spend a whole day there without seeing another human – a rare occurrence for zone 2 London!
Kew Gardens is the beauty queen of the London park scene. Its botanical gardens are said to hold the largest and most diverse living plant collection in the world. There are all kinds of beautiful areas within the park where you can lay down your blanket and tuck into your picnic. There are also some specifically designated picnic areas so you certainly won’t be short on options.
Where are your favourite place for a Picnic? Got any plans for a Picnic this summer? Please leave a comment below.
Main Image Credit: Primrose Hill courtesy of Buzzfeed
Image Credit: Picnic in Hyde Park courtesy of YouTube
Image Credit: Lincoln’s Inn Fields courtesy of Weekend Notes
Image Credit: Hampstead Heath courtesy of City of London
Image Credit: Kew Gardens courtesy of Serenata Flowers