London parks are free, fun and a great day out for kids this October half term. We’ve found six of the best for animal lovers, skateboarders, view hunters and energetic families.
Richmond Park – the one with the wonderful wild deer
Famed for its wild deer, ancient trees and diverse array of wildlife, Richmond Park was first opened in the 17th century by King Charles I as a preserve for the monarch himself. Now open to all, it covers an area of 2,500 acres and is one of eight Royal Parks in London, providing a great space for little ones to charge around, as well as gain insight into its protection and conservation.
Battersea Park – possibly the most peaceful of London parks
Situated on the south bank of the River Thames, Battersea Park is a Grade II-listed site offering a plethora of fascinating flora, subtropical gardens and charming little statues. Perhaps the most famous feature of the park is the peace pagoda, which has been cared for by a single Buddhist monk since its erection in 1985. Battersea Park encompasses an area of 200 acres, making it an ideal place for families to get out and explore while the sun is shining.
Primrose Hill – top of the London parks for running around
Boasting sweeping views over the capital, Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park is separated from Regent’s Park by Prince Albert Road. It’s another of London’s Royal Parks appropriated by Henry VIII. However, this one was bought by Eton College and opened to the public in the mid-19th century. It’s always been a popular spot for families and kids love the space for running around while parents catch a breath and admire the London panorama.
Kennington Park – perfect for dog walking and skate boarding
Set out like an obstacle course, Kennington Park is another fantastic place to race around and stretch little legs. It also offers an outdoor gymnasium for those looking to work out a wider range of muscles. With a rich and interesting history, Kennington Park offers everything from flower gardens to dog walking spots and skate bowls.