London welcomes millions of visitors every year from all over the world. One of London's many attractions for both visitors and locals are its extensive parks. London's parks offer pleasant walks, beautiful gardens, walking and cycling paths, forests and wildlife.
Regents Park was once the royal hunting grounds of Henry VIII, who would ride to the park from his palace at Whitehall. The park opens year-round at 5 a.m. and is the largest grass open sports field in the central city. The park is also home to the London Zoo, an open air theater and several bandstands. Visitors can also rent boats on the park pond. There are several cafes and eateries in the park and it is one of the only places in London to see hedgehogs.
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One of London's biggest and most well-known parks, Hyde Park is home to the famous Speaker's Corner, where Londoners take turns sharing their opinions on the world. On Sundays you may hear anything from a conspiracy theory to a religious rant. Hyde Park is divided in half by the Serpentine, a picturesque lake. Hyde Park also houses The Lookout, a former police observation station that is now a children's education center. In 2004, the Diana Memorial Fountain was dedicated to the memory of the Princess of Wales.
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Battersea Park offers activities for many Londoners, from sports pitches to jogging to barbecues. Battersea Park is located in the Battersea neighborhood, just across the River Thames from fashionable Chelsea. Several gardens and war memorials are scattered around the spacious grounds, as well as sculpture, and there are also several all-weather sports pitches and cycling paths.
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Article Written By Beau Prichard
Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.