London is one of the oldest and grandest cities in the world. It is a city that is full of palaces and history but is also in step with the contemporary, and often the city that sets the trends while retaining tradition. It is true London is expensive but there are many opportunities for families and backpackers on a budget to get to know the city on a tight budget or for free through its museums and parks. A good tip for saving money is car rental. By opting for car hire in London, it is easier to save money that otherwise goes into public transport.
London may be full of historical monuments and shopping avenues and a good infrastructure but the city continues to make room for parks and in fact, takes pride in them. And not all of them are new additions.
Take Greenwich, the oldest Royal Park. Spread over 74 hectares, it is home to a herd of deer, the Prime Meridian Line, the Royal Observatory as well as cafe’s. It also hosts concerts.
A well-known city park, Hyde Park is right in the middle of London city and covers 142 hectares. It has a lake, around 4000 trees and ornamental gardens. There are many sports activities, from tennis to horse riding, that can be undertaken while here. It has two restaurants by the lakeside and some structures that are worth a dekko while at the park are Archiles statue, the Serpentine Bridge and the Joy of Life fountain.
Kensington Gardens, as the name suggests, is part of the grounds where the Kensington Palace is located. One of the playgrounds here is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. The park is also home to a Peter Pan statue, Albert Memorial, and Serpentine Gallery. It includes a cafe.
Another park that is of significance is St. James’s Park, which can also be found in the middle of the city. Here, one can witness the changing of the guard, ceremonial events and parades. Bird lovers will be delighted to meet the birds here from pelicans to water birds and owls.
Other parks in and around London are Bushy Park, Richmond Park, Regent’s Park, Postman’s Park, Crystal Palace Park and Holland Park. Entry to most parks in London is free of cost.
And an easy way to get around them is by availing car hire services in London from car rental companies.