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Top 19 Picnic Spots

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Little embraces summer like a picnic in the park – and if you’re keen to get outdoors with a homespun spread we know just where to do so. We've whittled down the top al fresco dining spots in London, so all you need to do is grab the potato salad, throw down your rug and enjoy the view...

Kew Gardens

The botanical gardens provide a stunning backdrop for an al fresco feast. The gardens are huge, so there’s plenty of space to find your perfect spot to spread out on your picnic blanket.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE



Victoria Park

As one of the oldest public park’s in London, this is somewhat of a favourite for Hackney hipsters. Much less raucous than its sister space London Fields, you’ll find canal boats, rowing boats, stretches of greenery, and the Pavillion café serves up some top-notch grub – if your picnic attempts turn out a disaster.

Grove Rd, London E3 5TB



Primrose Hill

For a picnic with a view, there’s no better place than Primrose Hill. Climb 60 metres up and you’ll be blessed with spectacular views of the sprawling city skyline. It’s located right next to London Zoo, too, if you fancy an afternoon stroll.

Primrose Hill, London NW3 3NA



Battersea Park

There are plenty of picturesque gardens to take your pick from in Battersea Park. Our favourite for a picnic is the Sub Tropical Garden, where you can relax beneath swaying palm trees and colourful, exotic plants.

Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ



Crystal Palace Park

Boasting endless stretches of gorgeous greenery, Crystal Palace Park is a hot spot for picnics. But that’s not all – a number of dinosaur sculptures are scattered around the park just waiting to be discovered, so it’s ideal if
you’re taking the kids with you.

Thicket Road, London SE19 2GA



Camley Street Natural Park, Kings Cross 

Nestled among the hustle and bustle of King’s Cross is this delightful two-acre garden on the banks of Regent’s Canal, with a beautifully maintained woodland, meadow and pond.


Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Relax with a glass of homemade lemonade (or a mojito) from the new Botanical Bar at this Dalston gem, which also hosts regular collaborations with local chefs and local honey tasting.



Eltham Palace

The gardens of this well-kept south London secret spring into life come summer, with 19 acres of leafy plants and blooms, while the Art Deco building is a delight in itself.



St Dunstan-in-the-East

Head to the remains of this medieval church (destroyed during The Blitz) to find one of London’s most secluded outdoor spaces. With wall shrubs and climbers aplenty, you’d never know you were slap bang in the heart of The City.



The Hill Garden and Pergola, Hampstead Heath

Hidden in Hampstead Heath, this little-known pergola boasts surrounding Italianate gardens with cool, shaded archways and pretty plants.



Waterlow Park

Expect stunning panoramic views over London from this hillside park in Camden, which includes the historic building Lauderdale House and its preened gardens.



Fulham Palace

Including rare trees and an ancient evergreen oak, nature lovers will love visiting Fulham Palace’s protected, landscaped gardens.



Geffrye Museum

Get your culture and food kicks at the Geffrye Museum, located in luscious grounds in Hackney. 



Greenwich Park

Home to a small herd of deer, Greenwich Park is a World Heritage site with a playground area for the kids, a large café and beautiful gardens, making it a great spot for family days out.



Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park

Escape the crowds and traffic of Richmond Park by heading to the secluded Isabella Plantation, an ornamental woodland garden of exotic plants, clearings, ponds and streams.



Kyoto Garden, Holland Park

The stunning Kyoto Garden is an oasis of tranquility within Holland Park. Well-maintained, with bubbling waterfalls and a pond (complete with koi carp); it’s a great spot to chill in the sunshine.



King Henry's Walk

Open to the public on weekends throughout the summer, these communal gardens are bursting with organic fruit and vegetables, plus abundant flower beds.



Modern Hall Park

Set up your feast in the peaceful parklands of Modern Hall Park, with its meadows, flowing river and stunning rose garden.


The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

Designed by the Eden Project, this roof garden is a genuine oasis right in the heart of the Southbank. With spectacular views of the river, a wildflower meadow and allotments, this is the perfect place to soak up some rays.



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