Where to go … for a great picnic in London

January 1, 2009toSeptember 6, 2009

picnicsThere is nothing better than on a sunny day to pack up a picnic and soft drinks (and some games) and head off to your local park for a fab picnic.

These are just a few of our favourite picnic spots across London.

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Richmond Park
Richmond Park, TW10.
Tube/train: Richmond

Exploring, napping in the long grass, animal eye-spy and chi-chi brunching is ­catered for in the beauty of the ­capital’s largest open space. Nothing says romance like sitting under a tree with a loved one watching green parrots flying over your head.

Ravenscourt Park
Paddenswick Road, W6
Tube: Ravenscourt Park

A great local park in West London, with paddling pools, play areas and much more.

St John’s Lodge Garden
St John’s Lodge Garden, Regent’s Park, NW1.
Tube: Regent’s Park

A cherished secret among picnickers, this beautiful manicured garden on the north-east side of Regent’s Park is a welcome break from the rest of the sprawling ­tourist trap.

Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park, SE10.
DLR: Greenwich

The oldest of the Royal Parks, Greenwich’s ­sloping hill and glorious spaces are made for afternoon games and expansive feasts.

Fulham Palace Gardens
Fulham Palace Gardens, Bishops Avenue, Fulham, SW6.
Tube: Putney Bridge

If you’re after a real-life secret garden, head through the 13 acres of trees and flowers into ­Fulham’s walled garden. This wild spot has tame squirrels and knotty herb patches.

Postman’s Park
Postman’s Park, Little Britain. EC1.
Tube: St Paul’s

Jude Law and Natalie Portman’s characters in Closer started their tryst in this hideaway between St Botolph and St Leonards churches.

Holland Park
Holland Park, Ilchester Place, W8.
Tube: Holland Park

For an injection of tranquillity, bring your thoughts to the Japanese garden. Stalk a ­peacock, listen to the waterfall and, from June, let the in-house operas lull you to sleep.

Cannizaro Park
Cannizaro Park, West Side Common, Wimbledon, SW19.
Tube: Wimbledon

Get the smoked salmon out to munch in Grade II-listed splendour. This enchanting park has lawns for lounging, a wood and smaller flowered gardens if you’d rather relax than face the crowds.

Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath, NW3.
Train: Hampstead Heath

Sample the Heath’s long grass, swimming ponds and idyllic peacefulness. Lunch under a weeping willow, then walk it off with a kite session on ­Parliament Hill.

Waterlow Park
Waterlow Park, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19.
Tube: Archway

Sir Sidney Waterlow left this to the public in 1889 as a “garden for the gardenless”. Its panoramic views and tennis courts offer plenty to picnickers.

Brockwell Park
Brockwell Park, Dulwich Road, SE24.
Train: Herne Hill/Tube: Brixton

Not just a leafy expanse for ­leisurely picnics, “Brixton’s beach” boats a lido, sports pitches and cute miniature railway, so caters for all tastes.