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Taking time out to relax in London can be the perfect opportunity to take in some of the capital's green and open spaces.
London is one of the greenest cities in the world, with the capital boasting a large number of green and open spaces.
From large Royal parks to smaller community parks, London is a city that has lots of open spaces, and the gardens are to be admired.
Almost all public gardens are free and are a popular spot for visitors and residents in the summer.

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Hyde Park

Perhaps the most famous London Park, visitors may also want to check out the accommodation surrounding it, as there are plenty of youth hostels and hotels to choose from.
Hyde Park is also situated in the perfect location for London's main shopping areas - although at 360 acres in size getting from one end to the other is no easy task.
More active travellers may also want to consider renting a boat in the summer for a gentle paddle across the lake or even a spot of fishing in some areas.
A visit to the Speakers Corner is also advisable, where you are sure to find someone wanting to engage in a debate about a whole manner of topics.

Areas Surrounding Hyde Park:
Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge.

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Green Park

If you are able to find a good spot, this can be the perfect place to visit at weekends, with the backdrop of Buckingham Palace adding some regal authority.
If you can see the Royal flag flying over the east front, you know that the Queen is in residence.
The interior of the Palace is open to the visiting public during August and September.

Areas surrounding Green Park:
Green Park, Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner

St James's Park

Located adjacent to the Green Park, this London park is at its best on a Sunday when it is closed off to traffic.
Once inside, there is the chance to see St James's Palace - currently the home of the Duke and Duchess of Kent as well as offices for various other royals.
The lake is now a bird sanctuary and it has its own geese and black swans as well as Ducks and Pelicans
A short walk away from here will take you to Parliament Square, where you can marvel at the impressive Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament.

Areas surrounding Green Park:
St James's Park, Westminster, Charing Cross

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Regents Park

Situated in north-west London, Regents Park offers a mix of relaxing scenery and leisure activities.

Inside the park is a boating lake and visitors are encouraged to hire a boat and paddle out to the island in the middle, as well as tennis courts and children's play areas.

Meanwhile, the park is also home to London Zoo, which boasts a number of rare and endangered species.

Areas surrounding Regents Park:
Regent's Park, Baker Street, Great Portland Street

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Alexandra Park

One of the best places to go if you are looking for the best view in the city.

The sloping park has its own nature reserve as well as a boating lake and children's play area.

At more than 200 acres, Alexandra Park is a welcome break from the city and offers spectacular views.

Areas near Alexandra Park: Wood Green

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is a 791 acre park four miles from the centre of London.

Located within its grounds is an animal sanctuary where visitors can get close to deer and native birds, while children's events and live concerts are held here during summer.

Areas near Hampstead: Hampstead, West Hampstead

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