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There 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.
Send us your favourite spots (and perhaps a picture) and we will feature it here.
Richmond Park, TW10.
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.
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, SE10.
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, 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, 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, West Side Common, Wimbledon, SW19.
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, 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, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19.
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, 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.