London isn’t all concrete jungles where dreams are made of (oh wait sorry that’s New York), but I mean we do hold down some pretty looking parks that are picnic and picturesque! And with the views of the concrete jungle, it’s a perfect balance of greenery vs grey-ery. So here’s our top 7 lakes to visit this June – or any day/week/month for that matter!
1- Hampstead Heath
Think – open-air swimming lakes, greenery, glorious sunshine… Hampstead Heath is a beautiful spot to visit on a British Summer’s day – opt for hot weather or cold, but wetsuits would be an option for that too.
2- Victoria Park
86.18 hectares of open space (if we’re being super precise) with a Chinese pagoda and a boating lake, Victoria Park is one of THE renowned parks for London, you’d be a fool to not have visited at least once. Call it gym cardio… just to make it easier to tackle the exploring.
3- Hyde Park
The most obvious of course – I mean hey if people still play Pokemon Go then Hyde Park is all the rage for wild pokemons and battles. Grab a pedalo and test those calf muscles or simply admire the solarshuttle – the craft that floats along the lake powered simply by sunshine!
4- Regent’s Park
Extensive sports facilities and open air theatre alongside green grass and a separate boating lake for kids – it’s on the hit list to visit this summer. Make sure!
5- Battersea Park
Again another fave for Londoners – but it’s popular for its perfect scenes of florals and fauna and overgrowing trees to make for a heavy dose of nature in one afternoon stroll.
6- St James’s Park
Being probably the closest to Central London with views of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye and Horse Guards Parade from the Blue Bridge, St James’s houses a huge collection of waterfowl as well as pelicans and dozens of species of flowers and wildlife critters to spot in a day’s work.
7- Hollow Ponds
Sounding slightly odd we must admit and maybe not as glorious as the others, located just outside of Stratford and closer to Walthamstow, escape a London bustle out within the lake by Epping Forest. With options to hire a boat too, it’s just another great place to visit within London and admire the wildlife while the sun goes down.