With warmer weather underway (hopefully), soon you’ll have the perfect excuse to pack your picnic basket and spend some time with your friends, family or that special someone in one of London’s open spaces. Whether you’re tucking into your treats next to the Thames or overlooking the city’s skyline, there are plenty of scenic spots throughout the capital that provide all the right ingredients for an alfresco day out.
Not only does this secluded spot of greenery by Putney Bridge offer endless views of the Thames, but you can dabble in a bit of history as well as Fulham Palace is just next to the grounds. The historic home of London’s bishops, the property and its surrounding gardens are now open for the public to tour free of charge. If it’s a hot day, and you’re craving ice cream, the on-site café has got it covered, offering a wide selection of refreshments to keep you cool.
Go to this peaceful patch in the heart of Central London for a quiet bite to eat away from the capital’s bustling streets. This shady spot is the original site of The General Post Office headquarters, and offers a nice view of Paul’s Cathedral, which is just around the corner.
Situated in South West London, this 2,360-acre stretch of green space is London’s largest park and ideal for a leisurely lunch. Not only does it have plenty of walking, horseriding and cycling trails, but it’s also a good place for animal watching. As you nibble on your sandwiches, you can spot a range of wildlife on the grounds from deer and foxes to woodpeckers and rabbits.
Head up to Russell Square in Bloomsbury for a tranquil sit-down just north of Central London. If you haven’t packed a picnic, there are plenty of shops surrounding the square where you can grab something such as the Brunswick Shopping Centre just down the road. It’s also next to the 18th-century British Museum and the University of London’s main campus, so there are plenty of post-picnic activities to take in while you’re in the area.
Arguably one of the best views of the city, this grassy mound nestled in North London is every local’s go-to when it comes to basking in the heat on sunny days. Better yet, the hill’s proximity to Camden Town means there are plenty of places to grab some food before you head up there.