Wednesday 2nd of September 2015
Take a break from exploring the capital in your Easirent hire car and take some time to get back to nature in one of London’s eight Royal Parks. Green space is often hard to find in capital cities, but the Royal Parks of London have been perfectly preserved and looked after to give a little spot of tranquillity amongst the hustle and bustle of the Big Smoke. Pick up your Easirent hire car from our London Gatwick Airport depot and take a ride to one of our favourite Royal Parks in the city.
1. The Regent’s Park
The 395-acre Regent’s Park was designed by British architect John Nash and is home to the Queen Mary’s Gardens which has over 12,000 roses of 400 different species, scattered about the park. Once a favourite hunting ground of King Henry VIII, The Regent’s Park incorporates London Zoo, Primrose Hill and and Open Air Theatre within its walls. A firm favourite among tourists and locals alike, The Regent’s Park has featured in Hollywood classics including Bridget Jones’s Diary, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and About a Boy.
2. Hyde Park
Probably one of the most famous parks in the world for hosting some of the biggest open air concerts, including The Rolling Stones, Luciano Pavarotti and Pink Floyd over the years, Hyde Park is also one of the most visited Royal Parks in London. Pick up your Easirent hire car at our London Gatwick Airport and take the 38 mile drive to Hyde Park, which houses the Serpentine Lake, Speaker’s Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Hyde Park is also steeped in history; once an area in which King Henry VIII would hunt wild boar and deer, Hyde Park was also commandeered by the people of London, who moved out of the City in 1665 in order to camp on the green fields and avoid the plague, which was rife in the city at the time.
3. Richmond Park
Richmond is the largest of the Royal Parks and also the biggest enclosed space in the centre of London. At only a 30 mile drive from our Easirent pick up point at London Gatwick Airport, Richmond Park is definitely worth a visit. Having been designated as a site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve, Richmond Park has a beautiful, and varied landscape of hills, woodland, grassland and gardens. Originally called the Manor of Sheen during Edward I’s reign, the park was renamed Richmond Park during the rule of King Henry VII.
4. The Green Park
The smallest of the Royal Parks, Green Park is only 40 acres in size and is situated directly next to Buckingham Palace. The lush green space is the perfect place for a family picnic and the park plays hosts to events such as Royal Gun Salutes and the Changing of the Guard.
5. Bushy Park
Just a 27 mile drive from our Easirent pick up point at London Gatwick Airport, Bushy Park is located near Hampton Court Palace, the once home of King Henry VIII and is the second biggest Royal Park in London. Visitors to the park
can expect to see wild red and fallow deer in their natural habitat.
6. St. James’s Park
The oldest of London’s Royal Parks, St. James’s Park includes The Mall and the Horse Guards Parade and is the perfect setting for spectacular royal pageants. Laden with history, St. James’s Park was once woodland and farmland and even a hospital for women lepers almost 500 years ago.