Ha the title of this post sadly doesn’t refer to my knowledge of The London Underground! I am still hopelessly confused by the city’s magnificent transport system. This post simply documents a stroll from A to B, through three beautiful Royal Parks.
After hungrily devouring these gorgeous and expensive cakes in Harrods, with our eyes, we bought a few less expensive items for a picnic in nearby Hyde Park. Hyde Park covers 350 acres and it was just so nice to get out of the hustle and bustle , and into a lovely green space.
Now I’m afraid I didn’t do any research about the Royal Parks. Looking up Hyde Park now, I can see it is full of beautiful sculptures and statues, which we of course completely missed ! I did however see plenty of wildlife and lots of Spring Blossom. 🙂
We did spot two sculptures in Hyde Park. The marble Boy and Dolphin Fountain was made in 1862 by Alexander Munro, a friend of Alice In Wonderlands creator , Lewis Carroll. Not far from him is The Huntress Fountain, located in The Rose Garden. Look closely and see that she has made the ideal perch for Mr Magpie.
Our stroll had taken us as far as Wellington Arch which opens into the smallest of London’s Royal Parks, Green Park. Happily we decided to carry on and enjoy the open space. 🙂
The Parks are all the more pretty at this time of year , due to the gorgeous Spring Blossom. If you are in London right now be sure to head to the Royal Parks. 🙂 And look out for the city’s population of bright green parakeets! Popular legend has it that the Ring Tailed Parakeet population was given a helping hand by rock star Jimi Hendrix , who released two on Carnaby Street in the Sixties….
We walked through Green Park towards Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen. A carpet of stunning colours greeted us as we crossed over the road into the oldest of the Royal Parks, St James’s Park.
St James’s Park is a delightful place to stop for an ice cream and admire the water fowl that frequent the lake. There are also wonderful views from the Blue Bridge towards Westminster and the London Eye.
We even managed to spot St James’s most famous residents ! Pelicans have lived in the park since 1664, when the Russian Ambassador gifted some to Charles II. They are cared for by a Wildlife Officer who feeds them fish every day and makes sure they are in tip top condition. The exotic birds also snack on fish in the lake and their usual hangout is Pelican Rock below.
Our walk had taken us through three Royal Parks and the hotel was mere minutes away. Who needs the Underground. 🙂
Which is your favourite London Park?
14 thoughts on “London ~ A Walk in the Park.”
Lovely pics! 🙂
Thank you. 🙂 It was very Spring like.x
Lovely walk, beautiful pictures – but £10 for what looks to be little more than a cupcake? Aargh! Not surprised you passed on that.
I know! But they were bigger than cupcakes.But still! The parks are well worth a visit.x
What great snapshots of London this Spring. Even though I live just outside London I rarely pop up to enjoy the parks themselves (usually it’s food and theatre on my trips!) You might have inspired me to take a stroll soon .
They are worth a look especially with all the blossom out.:)
I did so enjoy that! Our capital city has so much green space, there’s always somewhere to retreat to. I’m very fond of St. James, since they were good enough to call it after my son, but anywhere with blossom is good with me 🙂 🙂
Thanks Jo, the parks Are great. I really wish I had seen all the other statues in Hyde Park though.There seems to be a few. X
Can you believe it I’ve not visited London for any sightseeing! Lovely pictures. You captured spring in the parks so well. The tall flowers are called fritillaria imperialis. Thanks for sharing your London adventures xx
Thanks for the flower info! They are striking flowers. London is full of suprises. You should go oneday. More London posts will be following I’m sure.x
Lovely photos, especially of all the wildlife! 😊
ThAnk you. I was certainly surprised to see so much wildlife in London. I guess I shouldn’t have been!