5 must-see Royal parks around London

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Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London, covering 350 acres. The park features numerous walking and cycling paths, as well as several famous landmarks and attractions, such as the Serpentine Lake and Gallery, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, and the Speakers' Corner. The park is also home to several sporting facilities, including tennis courts, a boating lake, and a horse riding track. Throughout the year, various events and concerts take place in the park, such as the British Summer Time music festival and Winter Wonderland. Visitors can also enjoy refreshments and meals at the park's many cafes and restaurants.

The opening hours usually are 5 am–12 am and the Underground stops closest to the park are Lancaster Gate (Central Line), Marble Arch (Central Line), Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line) and Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line). 

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Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park covers 183 acres and is the oldest enclosed Royal Park. It is on a hilltop with an amazing view across the River Thames to the City of London. There has been a settlement on this site since Roman times, but Greenwich has always been strongly associated with The Royals. The land was inherited in 1427 by the Duke of Gloucester, brother of Henry V and a lot of other monarchs have fallen in love with the beautiful park as well. Today Greenwich is a World Heritage Site and this is where 'Greenwich Mean Time' originated too. 

Greenwich Park is also home to the Royal Observatory, which was founded in 1675 by King Charles II. The prime meridian line, which represents the longitudinal line of 0 degrees, runs through the observatory and is used as the basis for standard time throughout the world. Visitors to the park can visit the observatory and stand on both the eastern and western hemispheres at the same time. Greenwich Park also has a rich history in sports, having hosted equestrian events during the 2012 London Olympics and being the location of the Royal Greenwich Park Tennis Centre. It's easily accessible by public transport, with the nearest station being Greenwich on the DLR and National Rail lines.

Greenwich Park is open from 6:00 am for pedestrians and closing times vary depending on the time of year (from 6-9 pm). You can get to the park via underground on the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich, then catch the 188 or 129 bus, or by train to Greenwich, Maze Hill and Blackheath stations. Trains depart from Cannon Street, Waterloo, London Bridge and Charing Cross  

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Regent's Park

Regent's Park, like most of the other Royal Parks, Regent's Park was formed by Henry VIII. It was formerly known as 'Marylebone Park' and remained a royal chase until 1646. It was John Nash, an architect and friend of the Prince Regent, who developed it further and then named it 'Regent's Park'. The main development in the 20th century was in the 1930s, of Queen Mary's Gardens. There are only 2 buildings within the park that still remain today from John Nash's original design: The Outer Circle and the Inner Circle, both of which are still used as roads for traffic. In addition to Queen Mary's Gardens, the park is also home to London Zoo and the Open Air Theatre. The park is surrounded by some of London's most affluent neighbourhoods and is located near Baker Street and Marylebone stations.

Pedestrian gates into the park are open from 5 am all year round. Closing times vary depending on the season (5-9.30 PM). The closest Underground stations are Regent's Park (Bakerloo line), Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City), Baker Street (Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan & Bakerloo lines) and Camden Town (Northern line).

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St James's Park

St James's Park is one of the oldest Royal Parks in London and is surrounded by three palaces. These are Westminster, which has now become the Houses of Parliament, St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace. In 1532 Henry VIII acquired the park and built the Palace of St James's. When Elizabeth I came to the throne, fetes of all kinds were held in the park in her honour. Her successor, James I, improved the drainage and created a road in front of St James's Palace. Outside Buckingham Palace, there is a Queen Victoria Memorial, which celebrates the days of the British Empire. 

St James's Park is open from 5 am to midnight all year round. The closest Underground stations are St. James's Park (District and Circle Line), Charing Cross Station (Northern, Bakerloo and British Rail lines), Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines), Green Park (Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines), Victoria (Victoria, Circle and District, and British Rail lines). 

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Richmond Park

Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London covering an area of 2,500 acres. From its heights, you can even get a view of St Paul's Cathedral, 12 miles away. The royal connections to this park go back further than any of the other parks, beginning with Edward (1272-1307) when the area was known as the 'Manor of Sheen'. The name was then changed to 'Richmond Park' during Henry VII's reign. The park has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve since as well. 

Richmond Park is home to over 600 deer, making it the largest herd of red and fallow deer in London. The park is a popular spot for hiking, cycling, and horse riding, and there are also several ponds and gardens within the park to explore. The Isabella Plantation is a beautiful woodland garden within the park that is famous for its azaleas and rhododendrons which bloom in the spring. The park is open from 7 am to dusk every day, and the closest Underground station is Richmond, which is on the District Line and London Overground.

Pedestrian gates are open 24 hours except during the deer cull in November and February. During these months, pedestrian gates open at 7:30 am and close at 8:00 pm. You can get to 'Richmond Station' via National Rail or the District Line on the underground.

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