Guide type: Area Guide
9th March 2015
For green outdoor living, here’s our top five parks in the North London area.
Perhaps the most famous and popular of all North London parks and possibly the city as a whole, is Regent’s Park, former stomping ground of England’s Tudor monarch, King Henry VIII.
For individuals or families, Regent’s Park contains 410 acres of open grass for sports purposes, rose gardens (London’s largest collection of 12,000 individual flowers) and stunning summer time flora and fauna in the form of manicured gardens. The options are endless when it comes to enjoying time outside at Regent’s Park as it also boasts a boating lake for spring and summer jaunts, a collection of wildlife including waterfowl from around the world and birds in their natural habitat.
Clissold Park opened as a public space in 1889 and spans 55.8 acres in the area of Stoke Newington and is a hot spot for families who have moved into the area. It provides families and groups of visitors with a safe playground, tennis courts, table tennis tables, lakes, sports fields, bowling green, paddling pool and butterfly dome (open in the summer months) aviary, animal enclosure and a cafe. Its house also offers events from river walks, pond dipping days and Halloween fun.
Perhaps one of the most attractive parks in north London and one certainly famed for its glorious scenic views, is Primrose Hill. Enjoy tea and cake before or after a wander around the park that offers views from one of the highest points in the city. Landmarks such as the BT Tower, The Gherkin, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral can be viewed from here and indeed, captured on film forever.
Picnic on a summer’s day, make use of the playground or head to London Zoo for some animal action. Otherwise, meander over to Regent’s Park which is a mere stone’s throw away.
‘Ally Pally’ as it is so fondly known, is a hub for cultural, music and sports events and has been for 130 years now, so there is always plenty to see and do in the house and outdoor areas that make up the 196 acres of this Grade II listed English Heritage house and gardens.
Get to know the area and make the most of the facilities at the weekend such as the ice rink, boating lake, pitch and putt course, deer enclosure, skate park and soft play. Take a break at the Grove café, garden centre or purchase local produce at the popular Farmers market that takes place every Sunday. Or, sample some of the breathtaking views that span from Canary Wharf to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard.
Enjoy the green lifestyle that Ally Pally has to offer and all from your home nearby. Alexandra Palace was awarded a green flag (the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales) in 2008.
Spanning nearly 800 acres, Hampstead Heath runs from Hampstead through to Highgate. Its woods, grassland and woodland are perfect for a ramble and contain an abundance of wildlife and nature for a less structured approach to a day out. Dip into the aquatic side of outdoor enjoyment with a swim in one of the 30 ponds, some of which were previously old reservoirs with an age of up to 300 years.
Let the kids run off steam at one of the eight playground areas and adventure playground, athletics track and sports pitches or join in a team and try your chances at a game of petanque or volleyball.
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