Lets face it, we have all chosen one of the most expensive places in England to study and we are all pretty poor. But once the sun is out and everyone is over their deadlines or even in need of a quiet place in the sun to study , London’s parks can be a great place to spend sunny days on a budget, you just need to know where to look.
Big green open spaces are not usually places which would spring to mind when thinking of a busy congested city such as London. But London and its surrounding areas, in my opinion have some of the best green spaces and places to chill in the sun. There is something about the juxtaposition of a calm green space slap bang in the middle of the city, which makes London’s Hyde Park so special. Within a few yards of walking through the gates at Hyde Park corner, you soon forget that you're in the busy city and can relax for free on a beautiful summers day in a tranquil space. Once in the park theres lots to do - Boating on Hyde Parks lake is great if you have some money to spend, bringing a picnic and just chilling out, or even hiring Boris bikes which are located around the park (and throughout London) for a small fee.
Holland Park, located in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is less well known but probably my favourite park in London. The park has plenty to offer and is home to a beautiful, peaceful Japanese Garden with an abundance of koi carp to admire swimming in and around the ponds; Holland Park is a great place to spend an afternoon gathering your thoughts and enjoying the sunny weather. During the Summer months Holland Park also hosts an open air theatre and opera in a lovely setting.
A bit further out in South West London, but nether the less well worth the journey is Richmond Park. Covering 2500 acres- the largest of all the Royal Parks, Richmond Park has some of the best views of London and it is possible to see St Paul’s Cathedral which is 12 miles away on a clear sunny day. Being so large, its a great location to seek out your own trail, take a picnic and find a secluded spot to chill out and enjoy the scenery. A unique and enjoyable aspect of Richmond Park is the fact it is home to an abundance of wildlife including the parks full time residents- the deer which you are pretty much guaranteed to see on every visit roaming around throughout the park.