A big city like London has such a large amount of green space I never thought possible. Jakarta, the city where I previously lived, doesn’t have many spacious green areas.
Personally, I believe that it is a privilege that Londoners should not take it for granted. So when I live in London for a master’s degree, as a park lover I surely won’t miss the chance to visit all the royal parks in the city.
For your reference, ‘Royal Parks’ refers to all of the parks that the royal family has conserved. In London, there are ten parks dispersed throughout all zones. In this post, I will share with you my experience in the first five parks. I’m glad I have close friends that can accompany me to most of the parks for walking or jogging.
1.St. James’s Park
This is definitely my favorite park yet. It is not that big of a park but it provides everything, from a jogging track, lake, ducks, and the scene of magnificent Buckingham Palace! We can say hi to Queen Elizabeth right after our run or power walk, or maybe have some cup of tea there? Haha maybe (not). Fun story, I met a grandpa who accompany his dog to socialize with her dog friends. So lovely.
Location: St James’s Park SW1A 2BJ https://goo.gl/maps/Ljzs9SUGzd9Gi2hK7
The experience in Green Park was less than ideal because it was raining lightly when I went for my early run there. When I was at the park, though, I liked the tranquility nuance. I also observed how it contrasts with the buildings. Oh if only I work in one of the buildings, I am pretty sure that I will have my lunch here at the park.
Location: Green Park SW1A 1AA https://goo.gl/maps/w2a2aHiXUAC7nWR6A
3.Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill
This park is the nearest park to my accommodation. It is such a large space that even got its own soccer field! I went there a few times during autumn and I was so happy to witness with my own eyes the green leaves turn orange and red. I know, it is probably trivial for you my dearest friends from 4-season countries. But for me, as a country without autumn season, it felt magical. I also see the playground, OMG I can not wait to bring my daughter here. There is an interesting fact tho, the interior and playing tools in all playgrounds in Royal Parks are mostly greyish. I don’t know why. In my country usually, it is full color.
Location: Regent’s Park https://goo.gl/maps/q29P5RGuXcENgnHu8
One of the key features in Regent’s Park is of course its Primrose Hill. As the name suggests, it is a hill. Primrose Hill has its own personality; at the top of this grassy hill, there are some breathtaking views of London. It is separated from Regent’s Park by Prince Albert Road and the ZSL London Zoo.
Location: Primrose Hill https://goo.gl/maps/P3zDViaHjFzpY2sQ6
Kensington Gardens is the garden where Prince Williams and Kate live. I could never imagine had it be me who live in the middle of a humongous garden like this. Other than Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, the pond with courageous swans and ducks is also the park’s major attraction, in my opinion. They like approaching humans and appear to be unconcerned when humans approach them back. I guess it was the closest I’d ever gotten to ducks. Lol.
Location: Kensington Gardens W2 2UH https://goo.gl/maps/iCcVVcXME2LMbGwZ9
5.Victoria Tower Gardens
If St James’s Park overlooks Buckingham Palace, the Parliament House is the backdrop of Victoria Tower Gardens. There are three things to see in this garden. First is the Auguste Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. It represents freedom from oppression and describes the siege of Calais in 1347, during the Hundred Years War. Secondly, Emmeline Pankhurst’s memorial. She is the leader of the suffragettes who campaigned for women’s rights. She died in 1928, a month before adult women were finally allowed to vote. Lastly, Buxton Memorial commemorates the abolition of slavery and the work of MP Thomas Fowell Buxton. The park isn’t very huge, so sprinting around it seemed incredibly quick. So I jogged beside the Thames till I reached Vauxhall Bridge.
Location: Victoria Tower Gardens Millbank, London SW1P 3JA https://goo.gl/maps/VJx5PRKDYyzHQPmW7
Okay, so which of these royal parks is your favourite, based on my narrative?