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Monday, June 11, 2012

Where Is The Best Place To Have A Picnic In London?

An al fresco lunch is the perfect way to enjoy time outdoors this summer. And as sunny days are few and far between, we've shortlisted our favourite picnic spots in London.

In the Know question: Where is the best place to have a picnic in London?

Answer: When the sun shines on London, you're almost legally obliged to get outside and soak it up. A picnic is the perfect way to do this, so whether you prefer scotch eggs and ham sandwiches or a basket full of deli produce, get yourself and a tartan rug to one of these lovely spots.

The Horniman Museum near Forest Hill overground station offers free entry to its 16 acres of gardens, which have beautiful views of London. Laze about and enjoy music from the bandstand. Or, if you have children to entertain, wander along the Nature Trail and tinker with the giant musical instruments in the Sound Garden.
Interior main gallery in the Horniman Museum
Interior of the main gallery in the Horniman Museum taken in 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You could choose to spread your picnic blanket in Richmond Park, the city’s oldest royal park. This is a good option if you want to spot some wildlife, as it’s home to around 650 deer and plenty of rabbits. If you’re planning a kick-about after lunch, check with the park office in advance - ball games are only allowed in certain areas.
Soak up some sunshine and enjoy a picnic in one of London's best parks

Fancy nipping out of the office for a picnic? Try Green Park in central London. Here, you can hire a deckchair for £1.50 an hour - which feels like a very civilised way to enjoy an ice cream and soak up some sun. And should the skies cloud over? You’re surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
Green Park, central London in autumn.
Green Park, central London in autumn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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