Where to soak up the London sunshine

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I write this to you from the middle of a lovely green space in the South West of London under the shining sun. London is finally experiencing Spring weather and it really is glorious when the sun decides to come out. Londoner’s couldn’t shed their winter clothes quick enough as soon as they see a glimpse of those rays shining over the city. So I thought I’d do a little post to tell you where to soak up the London sunshine here in the city, in preparation for hopefully far more days like this to come.

eel brook common

1. Eel Brook Common and Parsons Green

Parsons Green is a beautiful little square, well technically triangle, of grass, off of New Kings Road, it’s a popular place for summer lunch breaks. Eel Brook Common is Parsons Green’s next door neighbour and much bigger sister. This park lies between New King’s Road and Fulham Road and is a gorgeous place to pack up a picnic and head to when the sun starts to shine. At the weekend it’s also fantastic for people and pug/expensive pedigree dog watching!

regents park

2. Regent’s Park

Located in North-West London Regent’s park is one of the Royal Parks of London. There’s a number of little cafes dotted around and plenty of space for lounging about, as well as lots of beautiful flowers in the summer. You won’t feel like you’re in the heart of a city once you’ve walked through the gates!

hyde park

3. Hyde Park

Probably one of London’s most famous parks, centrally located and HUGE. There’s plenty to do here, whether you’re wanting to rent a Boris Bike and go for a cycle or take a stroll to the Serpentine, a sunny day provides the perfect setting for exploring Hyde Park. The Serpentine Cafe serves delicious food and drinks if you’re looking for somewhere to eat there!

chiswick park

4. Chiswick House Gardens

This is my favourite park in London, it’s a beautiful green space, walled off from the rest of London. Chiswick House is located inside or you can take a seat near the pond and enjoy the sunshine with some afternoon drinks. I’ve definitely managed to stay all the way to sunset too, it feels like you’re a world away from the city once inside. In the summer there is often an outdoor cinema for you to enjoy, so if you’re heading to London this summer be sure to Google showtimes!

battersea park

5. Battersea Park

Just south of the river, opposite Chelsea, lies the beautiful Battersea Park. It’s situated by the river with a stunning path, perfect for a weekend walk or jog, right along the Thames, with views of the Shard in the distance. It’s also the perfect spot to enjoy the London sunshine with plenty of space to lounging around with a picnic. My favourite area is the sub-tropical garden, on a sunny day you really could be in a different country, be sure to seek it out when you’re there!


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    May 6, 2015 at 5:13 am

    I am always looking for new places to soak up the sun because despite being my home city I always find myself just returning to the same ones, usually Hyde Park, all the time. Great post, thanks!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    May 3, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I visit London several times a year, but I seem to have the worst luck with the weather (it’s always raining). I’m saving this post for a future trip when the sun is out — it’s got to happen at some point, right?

    April 30, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Regent’s Park is my favourite park in London. I love it!

    April 30, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Regent’s park looks lovely! I’ve heard good things about it and hope to see it one day.


    April 30, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Anywhere along the Thames as well! I also love patio dining in South Kensington!

    April 30, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Can never go wrong with Hyde Park! It’s definitely my favourite, I’ve never been to Chiswick House though, would love to visit there soon 🙂

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored
    April 30, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Ooooh I’m loving your recommendations. I’m a Shoreditch Girl and rarely venture West, so Eels Brook and Chiswick House is a nice new addition for me. Would you mind if pinned this post to my Photoshoot Locations in London Pinterest board? xx

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    April 29, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Parks tend to be my favorite part of big cities. I’m going to have to check these out next time I head to London. Thanks for the great list!

    April 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I love Chiswick House! Hyde Park used to be our local park and we loved it, but there is just something about Chiswick House that makes you feel like you’re escaping London and finding yourself in a time 100 years ago 🙂 I’m happy we now live a 10 min walk away from this gem!

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    April 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I love Regent’s Park! Gardens in general are usually my favorite spaces to visit about three or four days into any trip because they give you an opportunity to relax while still feeling like you’re seeing the city. Great list!

    April 29, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I’ve only ever visited London a few time which seems odd as I only live an hour away. I’ve made note of these for when I eventually get round to visiting again, really enjoyed reading this 🙂

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


    Sarah Lynn
    April 29, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    There was amazing weather when I was in London this past March and
    I spent so much time exploring Hyde Park and soaking up the sunshine. I will definitely will return to visit the rest of your list!
    Great post Emma!

    April 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Love these tips, and the accompanying photos! Will definitely have to try to check all of these out when I’m in London later this summer.

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    April 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Great roundup and thanks for the info! I’m hoping to be living in London in the next couple of years (fingers crossed) and visiting later this year 🙂 😀 😉

    Keri Blair
    April 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    This is amazing. I love Hyde Park so much! Happy travels!

    April 29, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I love Regents Park! It’s so tranquil compare to Hyde Park!

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    April 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I will keep these spots in mind when I finally visit next year! 🙂

    April 29, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I have to try the Chiswick House Garden that sounds awesome for summertime! And I love Eel Brook Common, I have been there several times last summer (:

    Jake Ryan
    April 29, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I’m in London next month for the first time in a while, so excited to finally be back 😀


    April 29, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Amazing Emma!

    Keep writing these posts, it’ll be really helpful as will be in London in the last week of May!