The best parks to run around and get fit in London
Put some oomph into your New Year with energy and bask in the great outdoors that London has to offer. On first glance, it may seem as though there is nowhere to have a quiet moment. While the capital city may be busy, there are plenty of green spaces and parks to take advantage of. If you’re struggling to break out of seeing the same scenery, or you just want to run around the trees and wildlife in one of the busiest cities in England, then you’ll want to read our guide.
Packed with the best places to run around in London, with locations and landmarks nearby to each one also pointed out. With us, you can enjoy a day out in London and get fit at the same time!
The best parks in London
For those who are wanting to run four mile laps in beautiful surroundings, you’ll want to lace your trainers and get ready to run around Regent’s Park. Filled with large open spaces, the park is spread over 410 acres, with ZSL London Zoo and the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre inside the grounds. This makes the park a great way to spend a day in London filled with culture, entertainment and fun.
During the day, take a visit to ZSL London Zoo, boasting hundreds of species in its exhibits. If you’re heading to the park during the lighter nights, you’ll want to book your tickets for one of the shows in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre season. Previous seasons have had performances of On The Town and Little Shop of Horrors.
Staying south of the river? You’ll want to visit Greenwich Park. See the central London skyline as you walk around the 182 acre site that’s the perfect setting for a jog or a light stroll around. Come rain or shine, there’s something to do every day at Greenwich Park and you’ll want to visit more than once to make the most out of what the park has to offer.
After a bit of exercise, make sure you’ve got your tickets ready for Greenwich Park! Stand with one foot in the Eastern and Western hemispheres at the same time at the Meridian Line, as well as peeking a look through the Great Equatorial Telescope.
Covering 350 acres in Central London, Hyde Park stretches across the city taking those who go through the park from Marble Arch to Kensington Palace. If you’re wanting to run through the park, you’ll be able to jog past the Albert Memorial, dedicated to Prince Albert as well as the Serpentine, a man-made lake that covers 40 acres of the grounds.
Looking to take a pit stop in Hyde Park? Head on over to Speakers’ Corner, a place where people congregate to freely express their views and say what they need to say. Hyde Park really is the place for feeling good through exercise and getting your voice heard.
Hyde Park is near to a range of West End theatres, including the Dominion Theatre and the London Palladium.
Starting out life as a deer park in the 17th century, Richmond Park has now joined the legion of London’s royal parks. Even though parts of the park are dedicated to scientific research, Richmond Park has gone on to inspire countless films and television series. Although it is on the outskirts of London, you shouldn’t avoid a trip to Richmond Park. Bustling with wildlife and nature, there are plenty of outdoor experiences waiting to be had.
Looking for even more fun near Richmond Park? Head on over to Kew Gardens and Kew Palace and take a stroll around royal lands.
St James’ Park
If you’re looking for somewhere to get some exercise in Central London, then look no further than St James’ Park. Joining on to a chain of parks including Green Park and Kensington Gardens, it’s a 57 acre park that’s near to Buckingham Palace, the Horse Guards Parade and the River Thames. Having been open for over 400 years, St James’ Park has been a location for people of all social classes to congregate and spend time together.
If you’re struggling how to spend one full day in London, we’ve put a handy guide together which will help you get the most out of the city.