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London Parks: The Royal Parks

Although London is home to a number of parks there are some very clear distinctions which separate them into smaller groupings. One such grouping is known as the Royal parks, which are made up of Green Park, St. James’s Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Regent’s Park. These parks are so named because they were once Royal hunting grounds. However, they are now open to the public and are popular among both locals and visitors to the city of London.

Green Park
Once a famous duelling spot, you are more likely to find visitors taking a peaceful walk through its trees and grasslands than taking ten paces with pistol in hand. Running, picnics and nature trails are also popular activities in Green Park.
St. James’s Park
If you came to London to see royal palaces then St. James’s park has exactly what you are looking for. Westminster, St. James’s and Buckingham palace border the park, and can be viewed all year round. The park has a number of children’s playgrounds, floral attractions and even a restaurant.

Hyde Park
There is so much to do in Hyde Park it is difficult to know where to start. Boating, swimming, tennis and horse riding are available daily. The park is home to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. You will find a huge variety of flora and fauna; with some rare species that are seldom seen anywhere else. If you are really lucky and visit the park during a significant royal event, you just might witness a Royal Gun Salute.

Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens is very much a peaceful destination for visitors to relax, and in sunnier climes enjoy a picnic. There are deckchairs throughout the park, two children’s play-parks and a café. For a taste of some of the best Victorian sculptural architecture, you will also find the spectacular Prince Albert Memorial in Kensington Park.

Regent’s Park
The Regent’s Park is home to London’s largest grass sports area, and hosts events such as running, tennis, netball, football and rugby. From May through to September, make sure to visit The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. However, the park has a number of attractions that are open year round, including Queen Mary’s Gardens, Wildlife Garden and The Hubs Sporting Facility.

Wet Weather Activities for Children in London

We all know that the weather in the UK can be truly unpredictable, and at times across the country children are sitting at home, just waiting for the slightest sign of sunshine to get outside and have some fun. Opportunities can be few and far between; however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This is London, the nation’s capital and a hub of activity and entertainment, come rain or shine. There are plenty of venues to visit, which will give kids a summer to remember. Here are four destinations that will get you started on your summer of fun, without the need for the sun.

The CBBC Experience

For younger children the CBBC Experience is a must see. The tour involves going behind the scenes at BBC studios, meeting the cast and crew of shows such as Dick and Dom, and a visit to the Blue Peter Garden.

Hamleys of London

The world famous Hamleys toy store is a virtual wonderland for children of all ages. Seven stories, packed full of activities and toys, will keep the whole family entertained for hours. The store is located on London’s Regent Street, which means there are plenty of other stores you can visit too.

Science Museum, London

The science museum will entertain both children and adults, alike. Home to world history, scientific discoveries and a host of galleries and exhibitions, you will need a full day to appreciate all the museum has to offer. A special feature, which will particularly appeal to kids, is the IMAX 3D cinema. Here you can take a virtual trip to the deepest parts of ocean, explore the infinite reaches of the universe, and go back in time to run with the dinosaurs.

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

The London Aquarium is a wonder to behold, right in the centre of the capital. This is an interactive experience, and one that the kids will want to revisit, again and again. Activities include feeding stingrays, and limited behind the scenes tours. The aquarium is home to over 500 species, which includes 12 different species of shark alone. Other popular marine creatures include seahorses, octopuses, clownfish, real live crocodiles and much more. For the best experience of SEA LIFE London, plan your tour and book ahead of time.

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