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The vision of London

Sparkling sunlight pouring over emerald green grass and the light chill of the blue sky. That is how parks of London make you feel; as though your eyes can breathe.

Royal parks and secret gardens of London offer the chance to experience pleasures almost forgotten in big cities. The noise from cars sounds distant behind a hedge, flowers are bright in the middle of winter, birds and squirrels have no fear of people and as you gaze at the vast open space above the fields of green, your eyes never meet any walls.

For a city with a population of millions, the air is unbelievably clean and transparent, like you have just stepped from the closet door straight into the woods of Narnia.

Walk into Regent's Park from the entrance just 5 minutes away from Regent's Park tube station. Turn right and walk until you reach its main alleys, then turn left, to the heart of the park, past cypresses and stone vases.

You will soon find yourself on a main alley of the park and if you are lucky enough to get there in time (3-4 pm), the water in the fountains will be sparkling like diamonds in the evening sunlight: a true vision of London.

The British Monarchy

Royal parks are a part of the great ancestry of the Crown. Originally, they were owned by the British Monarchy and for the recreation of the royal family. As times changed, the fields were no longer needed for hunting.

The increasing urbanisation of London meant parks became freely accessible for the public, according to the Crown Lands Act 1851. The title ‘Royal Parks’ is mainly used today to describe eight parks, which cover more than 2000 hectares in Greater London.

Most London residents and visitors are familiar with the brightest jewels in the Royal Parks’ crown. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, Green Park, Regent's Park and St James's Park are the largest green spaces in central London.

But there are much more to discover: the British capital is full of local parks - London Fields in East London and Finsbury Park are among the most popular - and small hidden gardens. If your eyes crave rare exotic flowers, visit Kew Gardens.

Parks are a great part of the British heritage, along with the national love of poetry, flowers and many, many shades of green.

 

Words and images by Anastasia Fedorova

Pictures taken at Regent's Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Northwick Park.

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