London is a truly glorious city to explore by foot in autumn (on those days when it’s not raining!). The weather is not yet cold enough to retreat into full hibernation mode, and the leaves are turning colour. Enjoy the Instagrammable autumnal aesthetic and take a leaf-crunching walk in one of the many great London parks. Below is our list of top picks of London parks to take autumn walks in:
● Kew Gardens
If you’re ready to enjoy the gorgeous view of an array of rust-coloured trees, then the Kew Gardens is just the spot for your autumn stroll. The Kew Gardens has just over 14,000 trees that you can feast your eyes on. They also offer a range of guided tours in October if you’re interested in being taken round the highlights of the garden. Climb to the top of the Treetop Walkway to get the best views.
● Richmond Park
If not just for the delightful deer, head to Richmond Park to enjoy the glorious autumnal colours. There is an abundance of impressive old trees in this park so you can truly enjoy the sight of the leaves changing colour. If you’re tired of walking, you can also rent a bike and take a leisurely ride as you go deer-spotting. Guided tours are also available free of charge. And if trekking through the massive park leaves you tired out, find a London holiday apartment to rest your feet for the night.
● Regent’s Canal
For those who’d like to see a slightly different side to London, then a walk on the towpath of the Regent’s Canal can be lovely at this time of the year. Enjoy the crisp and fresh air and the picturesque views of the narrow houseboats in the canal. You can walk up to Little Venice to indulge in some hearty Italian fare. And if you fancy, you can get onto the canal itself for a spot of boating.
● Greenwich Park
Overlooking the River Thames, what better park to get a spectacular view across the whole of London this autumn than Greenwich Park? Deer lovers, there’s also a deer park that you can frolic in after your walk.
● Hampstead Heath
An oasis in the heart of London, Hampstead Heath lies a stone’s throw from the picturesque Hampstead Village. The Heath is the perfect spot for a long autumnal walk which truly makes you forget that you’re in a city. Climb up Parliament Hill for some great views of London. And if all that walking uphill leaves you tired, book a short-term London rental to replenish your energy.
● Regents Park/Primrose Hill
Start off with a stroll around Regents Park to observe the shades of autumn in one of our favourite royal parks in London. If views of the whole of London are what you’re after from your walk, climb up to the top of Primrose Hill from Regents Park for a stunning sight of the entire city.