POPS PICKS: Picnic Spots
Sunny days are upon us! Here at POPS, we want to make the most of the glorious weather while it lasts and what better way to do this than going for a picnic? Whilst the UK is forecasting sun, we are forecasting sandwiches, finger food and a bottle of bubbly. The location is completely up to you but if you are seeking inspiration or want to discover a new picnic spot to add to the list, then look no further! So, once you’ve ordered your new picnic blanket, read on for our top picnic spots in London.
Famously known for being one of London’s Royal Parks, visitors are spoiled with 350 acres worth of choice over where to set up their picnic. If you want to listen whilst you eat, we’d recommend visiting Speakers Corner on a Sunday morning. Looking for something more in touch with nature, then visit the south east corner of the park near Serpentine Road, to discover a spectacular garden of rose planted flowers and seasonal flower beds. If you want to listen to the relaxing sound of flowing water, then Princess Diana memorial fountain is for you! The fountain contains 545 pieces of Cornish granite and it’s design reflects Diana’s life.
Covering 395 acres and home to 100 species of wild birds, Regent’s Park is another one of London’s eight Royal Parks. The park is surrounded by tree-line pathways, beautiful gardens and brilliant sporting facilities. You can even hire a pedalo on the boating lake in the summer!
The park is home to one to the Open-Air Theatre, offering a fantastic range of theatre, comedy and music every year. Once your feet have begun to hurt from all of this exploring, you can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a hired deckchair.
There is plenty to do at Kew Gardens, whether that be exploring Kew’s 37 acres of grassy woodland, a treetop walk to discover enchanted garden views or visiting The Hive, a striking 17 metres tool artist recreation of life inside a beehive. Not to mention the Palm House, an extraordinary indoor rainforest containing endangered tropical plants, including the oldest pot plant in the world. Once you’ve built up an appetite from studying the sites, the Rose Garden, the Palm House pond and the Arboretum are perfect spots to lay down your picnic blanket and pop the prosecco.
Picnics with a view
Hampstead Heath is known for its outstanding views over London. Grab your picnic basket and make your way to the top of Parliament Hill to enjoy the skyline views. Trust us, the view from the top is worth the climb and we definitely think you deserve a POPS sorbet by the end of it. Espresso Martini anyone?
For another breath-taking skyline view over London, set up your picnic at the top of Primrose Hill, located across the road from Regent’s Park. From the top on a sunny day, you can spot many London landmarks such as The Shard, the BT Tower and the London Eye.
Our hidden treasure
London really is a city that keeps on giving with its unusual landmarks and hidden gems. St Dunstan’s Park is one of them and a remarkable hidden picnic spot! Filled with history and bombed in 1941, St Dunstan’s church ruins and gardens are even open for the public to enjoy. Whilst the park itself is relatively tiny in comparison with the Royal Parks, it is outstandingly picturesque and a perfect place to escape the busy city skyscrapers for some blissful tranquillity.
There you have it! POPS top spots for the perfect summertime picnic. Hopefully we’ve given you some summertime inspiration, because life needs a few more polka dots, and picnics.