London Parks

With more green space per capita then virtually any other capital city in the world, London’s rolling parklands provide the unforgettable backdrop to the city’s urban landscape

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Few cities prioritise the natural environment within the urban landscape to the extent that London does. This strong affinity with green space is born from an English psyche that has a deep psychological regard for the countryside, a regard enriched and romanticised by the Picturesque movement of the early nineteenth century from which much of central London’s built fabric was formed. Urbanistically, this affinity is conveyed by the former royal hunting grounds now transformed into the Royal Parks, some of the world’s earliest public parks and an incomparable natural asset for which the city is now justly famed. But architecturally this connection it is also evident in buildings that appear both intimate and monumental and a cityscape that veers constantly from the planned and formal to the irregular and organic. With its rich natural landscape as a constant backdrop to its architecture, London emerges as one of the most human big cities in the world.

Highlights:

  • St. James's Park

  • Hyde Park Corner

  • Serpentine Lake & Gallery

WALK START LOCATION:      Charing Cross tube station / Map

WALK ENDS: Near Kensington Palace

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ALL WALKS KEY:

STYLES / PERIODS Featured

GO   GOTHIC / PRE-

         MEDIEVAL

 CL    CLASSICAL

MO   MODERN /

        CONTEMPORARY

1   BIG BEN / PARLIAMENT

2   BRITISH MUSEUM

3   BUCKINGHAM PALACE

4   GHERKIN

5   LONDON EYE

6   OLYMPIC PARK

7   ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

8   SHARD

9   TATE MODERN

10  TOWER OF LONDON /

      TOWER BRIDGE

11  TRAFALGAR SQUARE

12  WESTMINSTER ABBEY

LANDMARKS Featured