A visit to London, whatever’s going on in the world, is always a wonderful, worthwhile experience. And that’s especially true at somewhere like The Chilworth, where we encourage our guests’ mental and physical wellbeing to take center-stage.
Relaxation, a bit of mindfulness, a little ‘me time’ and just a touch of indulgence is so often just the tonic for those who stay with us – and that includes enjoying the nearby natural beauty that the capital offers, in the shape of its marvelous Central London parks.
No wonder, then, that among our London Hotels special offers available to all our bookers, our ‘Hyde Park Walk’ promotion is so popular; including, as it does, a fresh and daily breakfast, a guided tour of the park and a refreshing drink back at the hotel.
So, just why are the public parks in the heart of the capital so marvelous? Well, in answering that question, let’s start at the obvious place, by kicking-off with…
Surely the grandest and most acclaimed of London’s eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park itself is a bit of a monster, but gloriously so. It may be gigantic – stretching all the way from Hyde Park Corner to Marble in one direction and from Bayswater to Knightsbridge and South Kensington in the other – but it’s brimming with beautiful, noble trees and ample opportunities for picnics, cycling, skating and horse-riding, as well as the chance to splash about on pedaloes on the Serpentine lake, listen to (and participate in) speeches at Speaker’s Corner and check out its many monuments and fountains.
Far more than merely a western extension of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens is a firmly family-friendly zone, with its wildfowl-featuring Round Pond, magical Peter Pan statue, beautiful Italian Gardens, special pirate-ship-sporting Diana Memorial Playground and, of course, grand approach to Kensington Palace.
St James’s Park
Lying between Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park is simply picture-postcard-perfect. Over-spilling with beautiful, brightly coloured flowers, plants and trees and a cornucopia of creatures (wildfowl, birds and squirrels), it’s a rather magical place in which to take a moment or two’s pause and offers some spectacular views of the very nearby Buck Palace.
Even nearer Her Majesty’s official residence is this sumptuous stretch of glorious grassland. Lying between Piccadilly to the north and The Mall to the south, Green Park completes the triumvirate of big Royal Parks in the very centre of the capital; its lawns filled with deck-chairs and its yawning trees offering ample shade on the hottest of sunny days.
Paddington Street Gardens (North and South)
Located in London’s Marylebone neighborhood and just a few moments’ walk from The Chilworth London Paddington itself, this park’s northern and southern gardens are ideal for mindful breaks in the open air, right in the heart of the city; the latter offering elegant and graceful, formally arranged open-grass areas, as well as shrubs and eye-catching flowerbeds, while the former’s treasures include thought-provoking touches such as memorials, gravestones, and beautiful tombs.
Again, within our vicinity here at the Chilworth, these aptly named gardens offer delightfully red tulips descended from those presented way back in 1975 to Westminster City Council, owing to its pairing with the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. And, due to this Amsterdam connection, it’s fitting too that these gardens can be found in the center of the idyllic Little Venice district, where two major canals, the Grand Union Canal and Regent’s Canal, converge.
Porchester Square Gardens
If you’re making the most of The Chilworth London Paddington Spa but have the kids in tow and would like somewhere a little nearer than Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens in which to let them loose for an hour or two, you could far worse than taking them here. Located just a few minutes away, on foot, from Bayswater’s Royal Oak Tube station, these quiet but pristine gardens don’t just offer fantastically pretty flowerbeds among their fine formally-laid-out lawns, but also a recently-refurbished play area – to keep your little tykes out of trouble.
Grosvenor Square Gardens
Finally, American visitors may well want to take a look at these gracious gardens located in the West End (Mayfair, to be exact), which constitute a little slice of the US in the very heart of the UK. Not only are they home to the current US Embassy, but they also boast the impressive Franklin Roosevelt Memorial Statue and the Eagles Squadron Memorial, as well as the relatively recent, moving addition that’s the September 11 Memorial Garden.