Parks and Gardens, London
Favorite thing: London has several beautiful parks in the heart of the city. St. James, Kensington Gardens, and Hyde Park are just three of the largest. This photo shows the pond in the heart of St. James Park. All three parks have excellent running trails, and you'll see lots of Londoners getting their workout in the early morning.
I would take them for a walk along the River Thames say walk from Westminster to Tate at the Millieum Bridge this is about one and half hour walk. You get to walk past London Eye,London Aquarium, Shakesperes Globe Theatre and the Tate. There is plenty of places to eat and drink along the route from pubs, restuarants and places like Eat and Pret if you want a sandwich on the run.
As you get to the bridge you can see St Pauls Cathedral.
I love this view at night as its beautiful to see the whole city lit up.
I also love Docklands as well as there is plenty of restaurants and bars in the area.
My other view in London is sitting in Leicester Square as it is going dusk and watching the sky changing and watching the millions of people flocking into the square from all walks of lifes.
Fondest memory: My best memory of London is the free musuems, our transport network, and endlist range of resturants.
What i miss most i know it is crazy, its when you land at a UK airport and you know you are home in Blighty.
I also miss my football team when im out of London as i dont know what the scores are.
Visit one of the many parks of London. On a beautiful, sunny day, it's very nice to walk from St. James's Park via Green Park to Hyde Park and end in Kensington Gardens.
The park on this photo is Regent's Park in northern London, also worthwhile seeing.
Favorite thing: London has a lot of wonderful parks and gardens where you can spend a day walking or just sitting on a bench, enjoying nature and nice flowers. Really relaxing! Many people do running there. You can try it too:)
St James Park is a beautiful place in the middle of a very busy town.
With several pathways to wander down and some excellent spots beside water St James Park is not to be missed.
Fondest memory: One of my best memories was sitting here beside the water looking at the fairy tale rooftops of the Palace.
London is a very safe city taking into account its size, you are able to go anywhere in the centre at any time - in some districts a little more caution is advised though - at the North End of Notting Hill, Brixton, Walthamstow, Peckham and anywhere near Elephant and Castle - but it's generally safe otherwise.
As a woman I walk in many areas on my own, but I am cautious, like I would be in any city. There are nasty people everywhere!
The tubes are also safe at night, albeit the usual drunks that make life a little less savoury for the rest of us on Saturday nights.
But on the whole, I feel pretty safe in London.
London has many parks, one of the cities in the world with the most 'green' areas... some stretching for many acres and others nestled between buildings or occupying old (cleared) bomb sites and ruins.
These parks come ALIVE during summer, when people flock there whenever the sun is out... whether during a lunch hour in Central London, or watching a lazy game of cricket in a Greater London park :)
My favourite Central London parks are:
St James Park
St James Square (small park near my office)
My favourite Greater London parks are:
Favorite thing: Hyde Park is a huge park not far from Buckingham Palace... We walked through it to get from Buckingham Palace to (the very run down) Kensington Palace near by. We also stopped off at the Princess Diana memorial which looks unfinished still although I was told it was finished. There were heaps of people in the park having a picnic, kicking a ball around or just relaxing... Very nice!
A grey squirrel, somewhat hopeful of being fed... In London Parks and Gardens Squirrels are not afreid people at all
Fondest memory: Squirrel hoards food in numerous small caches, for recovery later . It has been estimated that each squirrel makes several thousand caches each season. The squirrels have very accurate spatial memory for the locations of these caches, and use distant and nearby landmarks to retrieve them
Buckingham Palace Gardens are the Queen's back garden. The gardens occupy a 42 acre (17 hectare) site in the City of Westminster, London between Constitution Hill to the north, Hyde Park Corner to the west, Grosvenor Place to the south-west and the Royal Mews and Buckingham Palace to the south and east. Notable features include a large 19th century lake, which is graced by a flock of flamingoes, and the Waterloo Vase.
Fondest memory: Unlike the nearby Royal Parks of London, Buckingham Palace Gardens is not usually open to the public. However when Buckingham Palace is open during August and September, visitors have access to part of the garden. The gardens are where the Queen's garden parties are held.
The gardens are regularly surveyed for their moths and occasionally visited by the Queen's Swans.
Favorite thing: This is my favorite park in London!! And not just because they have an open air theatre (which if you are visiting in the summer months, I highly recommend going to see one of their shows). Just take a packed lunch (or as i usually do- a meal deal from Boots- sandwich, crisps, and a drink) and park yourself on the grass or on a bench and enjoy!!!! The park is so calming and tranquil I find- and you might even get someone playing the guitar sitting near you (who is not a busker).
My favorite thing about London is all the Nice places to eat. I have always wanted to learn how to cook like a chef. So I love going out to various place trying there foods & wines
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is seeing my girlfriend enjoying playing with her Yorkshire Terrior named Millie in the park.
Favorite thing: This picture was taken from the Hyde park. For tourists that would be visiting hyde park the building at the background is actually that of the Royal Lancaster. So, this is perharps the ideal place to stay if you must visit this park. I must say also that, this area is filled up with Hotels and restaurants, and Oxford street is about ten minutes by Taxi, where you could do night clubing.
As I mentioned above, this is where you could relax after a long walk in the park...it is facing the thames and very ideal. It makes the days activity very enjoyable as you could reflect and arrive at a conclussion as to all you have seen as in my case.
There are warnings about tourist bring in Dogs that could chase the wild lives in the park?. So, if you are here with your Dogs, make sure that it is under chain, or well controled not to "play" with the Ducks, Geese, and other wild lives.
Favorite thing: This is the closest overview of the monument that was built within the park. It is very ideal especially in Summer. People could be seen sitting around the monument or dipping their legs in the clean running water. Some tourist just walk around and enjoy the scenery, and what more, when you are tired or you want something to drink, you can walk to the club below to relax with your partner or family.