Thursday, 6 June 2013

Picnic in London: Richmond Park vs Hyde Park

Sunny Sundays in London are spent lying on the grass, 
munching on sandwiches and gazing at a surprisingly blue sky.

Tadpoles & Deer, Richmond Park

A Mum in London

The menu: cheese sandwiches, crisps, hard-boiled eggs,
the Toddler's lasagne, biscuits and apples.

The park: Richmond park is the quickest country-break for Londoners;
it's so vast, green and full of wildlife
you immediately forget you're in London.

The crowd: families, joggers, cyclists, hikers, couples-in-love.
Not many dog-walkers, maybe because of the deer.

Baby Lu's favourites: deer and tadpoles.
There are deer everywhere;
some are brave or hungry enough to approach humans.

Pros: it's so big, it won't feel crowded, 
even if half of London picnics there.

Cons: deer poo, everywhere.
Be careful before laying your picnic blanket.

Ducks & Pirates, Hyde Park

Diana Playground, A Mum in London

The menu: cheese sandwiches, crisps, tomatoes, 
Baby Lu's chicken casserole, chocolate and tangerines.

The park: Hyde Park is London's Central Park.
With beautiful lakes, fountains, gardens, playgrounds
it's the epitome of the urban park.

The crowd: tourists, joggers, families, students, backpackers, more tourists.
Everyone comes to Hyde Park.

Baby Lu's favourites: the pirate ship and feeding the ducks.

Pros: having lots of fun at the Diana Memorial Playground.
A sure way to exhaust your little ones
before picnicking in peace with your other half
(little ones sleeping in the pram).

Cons: On a beautiful, sunny day, Hyde Park gets really crowded. 
If you're planning a romantic picnic,
you may as well pick another park.

Find Richmond & Hyde Parks' interactive maps at

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  1. I LOVE London parks.

    If you want a giggle about an event that happened in Richmond Park, go to Youtube and search "Fenton in Richmond Park". It's both funny and awful at the same time.

    1. Do we know if he ever got his dog back?

  2. What a great post. It looks lovely and the menu has got my belly rumbling now... Thanks!! :o)

    1. Thanks, Adam. It's also super easy to make - that's why I love picnics; you don't have to cook :)

    2. Alexia, great post and amazing blog!

    3. Many thanks, Alexandra :)

  3. Very sweet post, both are of course fab beauty spots :o)

  4. Thank you, MummyTries, indeed both are wonderful.


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