Summer is just around the corner and if you’re going to be in London and fancy a change from busy restaurants and indoor activities, why not consider packing up and heading out for a city-picnic? There are lots of great family-friendly picnic spots in London ranging from quiet locations to busy and bustling parks with lots of activities. So, whether you’re travelling with young children or as an older family you won’t find yourself struggling to find places to lay out your picnic blanket, unwrap your open air feast and dig in.
Many people travelling to the city choose to stay in one of the luxury hotels in London’s West End. At The Piccadilly London West End, we’ve found that a lot of guests are interested in exploring a different side to the capital, a side that’s more in touch with nature. So, in this post we’ve compiled a list of the top five family-friendly spots for a city-picnic.
Hyde Park and Green Park
To get a true feel of what life is like in one of London’s most famous parks, jump on the Tube or pull on your trainers and make your way to either Hyde Park or Green Park. Both have convenient central locations and are comprised of sprawling greenery, trees, flowers and beautiful places to sit down and have a picnic. Though these parks do get busy on warm, sunny days there is a lot of room to play ball games, for riding bikes and to let the kids run around and burn off any excess energy after a cheeky slice of cake and assortment of delicious nibbles enjoyed in the fresh air.
Kew Gardens is a Botanical Garden boasting a large collection of impressive plants, greenhouses, art galleries, historic buildings and much more. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere to spend the entire day and there are a lot of open areas that are perfect for a picnic. The attractions and activities on offer at Kew Gardens vary from month to month but they are sure to appeal to family members of all ages. If you are travelling with youngsters, there’s a treetop walkway that kids will love.
Alexandra Palace is located at the top of a large hill, making it a great spot for a city-picnic with a view. The park itself is made up of large grassy areas, formal gardens, a boating lake and a pitch and putt miniature golf course. So whether you’re looking for somewhere relaxing to spend a few hours in the afternoon or want somewhere to spend the entire day, Alexandra Palace and Park is it.
Clapham Common is situated in the heart of Clapham and is a popular choice for locals looking for somewhere to have a weekend picnic during the warmer months. The entire park is made up of grassy areas and walkways, with lots of room to set down your hamper and take it easy for an hour or two. Though it doesn’t offer much in terms of arranged activities or beautiful flowers, it is always busy with friends playing football, families hanging out and locals walking their dogs.
Syon House and Gardens
Syon House and Gardens is a large country estate in West London and though it is still within the city, it definitely provides a countryside vibe. Visitors can look around Syon House and explore the art and history it has to offer, or simply enjoy the grounds and appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of this natural oasis a stone’s throw from one of the world’s busiest cities.
The Piccadilly London West End offers impressive rooms and a great location, making for the perfect home-from-home for those with weary feet and full stomachs after a fun al fresco lunch at one of these five family friendly spots!