As one of the greenest cities in the world, London has some incredible parks to enjoy all year round. Whatever the season, there’s something special about relaxing amongst the beautiful greenery, natural scenery and peace of one of the capital’s parks. They’re the perfect place to escape the hectic pace of life in the city, and instead enjoy a moment’s tranquillity with a relaxing drink or snack.
If you’re staying at the Park Grand Hotel Hyde Park, you’ll find plenty of great parks nearby, as well as some lovely park cafés to enjoy too. Read on for a round up of some of the best across the city, giving you a great selection to choose from when you need a little breather in the capital.
Lido Café in Hyde Park
When you’re staying in Hyde Park Accommodations, you’re truly spoilt by having one of the city’s finest parks just steps away from you. The historic Hyde Park has plenty to see and discover, whatever time of the year that you visit, and this enormous park has its own fantastic park café where you can take time a little slower, while you sip a delicious cup of tea.
The Lido Café can be found beside the sparkling waters of the Serpentine, and the Diana Memorial fountain. With outdoor seating available, it’s a great spot to enjoy the scenic views across the park and the water. You can also enjoy a great selection of snacks, drinks and lunchtime meals, to keep your hunger happily at bay.
Another great park dining spot in Hyde Park, the Chucs Cafe is a great choice if you’re looking for something as stylish as your stay at the Park Grand Hotel Hyde Park. Located within the sophisticated Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the café has been designed by the renowned architect, Smijan Radic, with a beautifully elegant and stylish atmosphere.
The café features a delicious array of items on the menu, whether you’re looking for a mid-morning snack after browsing the gallery, or meeting friends for lunch. Choose from sumptuous freshly baked cakes, premium sandwiches and salads, as well as a great selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. And if you happen to be visiting with a beloved dog, you’ll find treats for them too, with doggy snacks available from Lily’s Kitchen.
Be sure to take some time to explore the great Serpentine Gallery itself, which has a regular selection of inspiring contemporary artwork from leading artists from around the world to discover.
Holland Park Café
Holland Park is a fantastic place to visit after a busy day out shopping or exploring museums in Kensington, and is easy to get to via Tube, from Hyde Park Accommodations. The park itself is magnificent, with tree-lined walkways that burst into colour throughout the season, as well as plenty of space to relax, play or have a leisurely stroll in.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, make your way to the park café, where you’ll find delicious and freshly made snacks in store, for both children and adults. During the morning, you can take your pick from their great breakfast menu, with healthy choices to give you a good start for the day, while the kids’ menu has perfectly portioned snacks and small meals for younger visitors to enjoy.
If you prefer something a little more indulgent though, look out for their delicious freshly made cakes, as well as toasties and sandwiches if you’re craving a more substantial meal. And if you find yourself needing to walk off the extra indulgence, there’s plenty of room for you to do so in the park.
Chelsea Physic Garden Café
The Chelsea Physic Garden is one of London’s oldest and most charming botanical gems, established in the 17th century and home to over 5,000 varieties of plants and flowers. It won’t surprise you then, that the garden has it’s own wonderful café with a menu inspired by the many plants and flowers within the space.
Inside the café, you’ll find a lovely and inviting menu filled with organic treats, including breakfast, brunch and lunch. Enjoy freshly toasted sourdough or a warm and flaky croissant, served with an array of fresh fruit preserves, or a breakfast frittata topped with fragrant herbs. The café’s extensive lunch menu will leave your mouth watering, with delicious oven roasted potato wedges lightly herbed with rosemary, garden soup, or refreshing super food salads. Paired with freshly made juices or teas, it’s the perfect spot for an enjoyable brunch with someone special.
Entrance to the garden café is only accessible for those visiting the garden itself, but with a magical variety of pretty walkways and colourful flowers to admire, it’s well worth a visit to this charming haven in central London.
Regent’s Park cafés
Staying at the Park Grand Hotel Hyde Park means that it’s easy to get around London, and it’s well worth heading a little further north to explore the spacious and serene area of Regent’s Park. This spectacular Royal Park is home to a number of the city’s most popular attractions throughout the year, including the iconic ZSL London Zoo, a boating lake and an open-air theatre.
With 400 acres of space, the park has four great cafés across it, so that you’re never too far from a refreshing drink or snack. For a scenic treat, make your way to the Garden Café, where you can relax beside the pretty view of the pristine gardens. For a glimpse of the stunning lake or to watch the boats and birds glide past, the Boathouse Café has an excellent selection of snack and lunchtime meals, as well as plenty of treats for anyone with a sweet tooth.
If you need a quick boost of caffeine, check out the Espresso Bar, serving up freshly brewed coffee, muffins and cakes. And for something easy and convenient, the Regent’s is a fantastic spot to relax in, while taking in the captivating 360 degree views around the park.