It’s June, and “summer” is officially here. Today we are writing to you from the top deck of a double decker bus, with the sun shining and not a cloud (err, a few clouds) in the sky. After looking at gray skies for much of this year, we are final getting reacquainted with that bright yellow ball. The moment the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, everyone dashes out of their flat onto the closest patch of grass.
We’ve shopped for the ultimate grassy patches the last few weeks, giving us the opportunity to check out different neighborhoods around London. These have been our favorites so far:
Muswell Hill/Alexandra Palace (aka Ally Pally)
On the east side of London sits “The People’s Palace” overlooking central London with some killer hilltop views. This regal space is now used as a conference space, but nonetheless there are often food markets and other events just outside. Grab yourself a drink, (semi) LEGALLY sip it on the lawn, and chill!
To be honest, Nick and I have yet to go but so many people have recommended this area to us. Similar to Ally Pally, this looks over central London but from the North end. Rumors on the BEST time to visit here? New Year’s eve–best view of the fireworks without having to deal with the crowds.
St. James Park
Extremely central, this park is hugged by some of London’s most famous landmarks. Take a stroll through and pick yourself up a scoop of Jude’s ice cream, smell the flowers from the immaculate tulip garden, and make sure to stay away from the ruthless squirrels.
Hyde Park is the biggest green space in the city, just near Kensington. There are festivals going on all summer–techno music, London’s monthly food festival, and even an MLB event on the 4th of July (which Nick unfortunately needs to miss for our Big Fat Greek Vacation). Don’t fancy a festival? Check out Kensington palace hugging the left of the park and maybe you can spot William and Kate!
The Borough of Ealing (and neighboring Richmond)
We’re a little biased as we live here, but Ealing is know to be the “greenest” borough. Ealing Common, Walpole Park, and Lammas Park are all a short walk from Ealing Broadway station and rarely are overcrowded as are many of the central parks. Try to go in July where the neighborhood festivals abound–beer, blues, jazz, and comedy festivals are just a few!