Bushy Park - Bushy Park is the second largest of the Royal Parks and covers an area of 450 hectares (1,099 acres). The park is situated north of Hampton Court Palace. The famous Diana Fountain forms the centrepiece to the equally famous Chestnut Avenue.
Green Park - The Green Park covers 40 acres and Charles II would often walk through this park in the early morning from St. James Palace and in 1667 he added it to the palaceís park. It is the smallest of the central London parks but it has the Tyburn stream running just under its surface, ensuring that the grass is always green.
Greenwich Park - Greenwich Park is Londonís oldest Royal Park and it was once the hunting ground for King Henry VIII. Greenwich Park covers 73 hectares (183 acres) and is situated on a hilltop with impressive views across the River Thames to Docklands and the City of London, between Blackheath and the River Thames.
Hyde Park - Hyde Park covers 140 hectares (350 acres). About four centuries ago, Hyde Park was first opened to the public having previous being used as a hunting ground. Today it provides both an opportunity for a bit of peace and quiet and also a range of outdoor activities for both the tourist and the resident. Marble Arch stands in the North Eastern corner, and the nearby Speakers Corner was opened in 1872 after numerous riots and protests proved the necessity for a public speaking area. Today speakers still use this facility, sometimes drawing quite large audiences.
Kensington Gardens - Kensington Gardens covers 111 hectares (275 acres) and was originally part of Hyde Park. A monument to Queen Victoria is located directly in front of Round Pond, to the side of Kensington Palace.
Royal Parks - Official website for the eight Royal Parks in London which cover 5,000 acres.
St James's Park - St James's Park is the oldest Royal Park in London and is surrounded by three palaces. The most ancient is Westminster, which is now known as the Houses of Parliament, St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace. The park is open from 5am to midnight all year round.