Chow down on tasty treats while soaking up a beautiful view with our guide to the best picnic areas in London.
The best picnic parks
1. Brockwell Park
2. Richmond Park
Sit under the shade of ancient trees and enjoy a wild landscape of hills and woodlands at Richmond Park. Be sure to lay out your spread far away from the 650 deer roaming the land.
3. Hyde Park
Picnics with a view
4. Regent's Park and Primrose Hill
Take in incredible views of the city as you munch on sandwiches at Primrose Hill, located in the northern side of Regent’s Park. Enjoy the sunset vistas in the summer months.
5. Hampstead Heath
Ramble in vast green spaces and ancient woodlands at Hampstead Heath before marching to the top of Parliament Hill for a picnic with a stunning view of the London skyline.
6. Greenwich Park
7. Alexandra Palace Park
Head to north London and soak up spectacular vistas stretching from Canary Wharf to St Paul’s Cathedral at Alexandra Palace Park. Time your visit with one the regular street food and farmers’ markets for a delicious outdoor meal.
Pretty gardens for alfresco dining
8. Kew Gardens
Choose between woodlands, lawns, formal gardens and the banks of lakes for your picnic place at Kew Gardens. Don’t worry if it rains – you can duck into a greenhouse and admire exotic plants from around the world.
9. Horniman Museum and Gardens
Discover incredible urban wildlife in the grasslands, meadows and nature trails at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Picnic around the terrace at the bandstand on sunny days, or find shelter from rain in the Dutch Barn, a covered picnic area.
10. Chelsea Physic Garden
Learn about medicinal and edible plants at the Chelsea Physic Garden, which has grown beside the Thames since 1673. After exploring the collection of 5,000 plants, sit on the grassy lawn for a bite to eat.
Secret spots and hidden gems
11. Phoenix Garden
Tuck into a picnic in the middle of the West End at Phoenix Garden. One of London’s best-kept secrets, this community garden is a peaceful spot to enjoy an alfresco supper before a West End show.
12. St Dunstan-in-the-East
Find peace and calm at St Dunstan-in-the-East, a former church that was destroyed in the Blitz. Now transformed into beautiful gardens, this oasis in the City is the perfect spot for a relaxing picnic.
13. Thames Barrier Park
Explore one of London’s lesser-known green spaces filled with fountains, flowers and a distinctive sunken garden at Thames Barrier Park. There's also a cafe in case you're short on supplies.