Personally tested through hours of park bench sitting and sidewalk meandering.
- •Lincoln's Inn FieldsSituated between Kingsway and Chancery Lane, Lincoln's Inn Fields is a great place to walk dogs, picnic, and people watch. There are tennis courts and a tasty pizza bar in the heart of the park. Just north of the square is Sir John Soane's Museum, a quirky, fascinating, and little-known 19th century art, book, and statuary collection. It's unexpected and wonderful.
- •Regent's ParkA must-see park near Marylebone, Regent's has miles of walking trails and a gorgeous flower walk just north of Euston Road. Plenty of geese, swans and ducks call the Regent's boating lake home. Check out the Smokehouse for BBQ eaten al fresco, and be on the lookout for peeks into the animal enclosures of the London Zoo, which is nestled in the north end of the park.
- •Primrose HillNorth of Regent's Park is Primrose Hill, a quiet haven virtually removed from the sounds of the city. Climb up the hill for sunrise or sunset, and stay to see one of the best 180 degree panoramas of the London skyline.
- •Hyde Park and Kensington GardensIt would take an entire day to see this enormous park in its entirety, but be sure to spend time at Serpentine Lake, the gorgeous gardens of Kensington Palace, Speaker's Corner, and the statues and memorials placed throughout the park.
- •Green ParkExit the Green Park tube station and you'll be in the park itself. On sunny days it looks like a Seurat painting. Enjoy the tree-lined walks and, at the opposite end of the park, Pall Mall and Buckingham Palace.
- •St. James's ParkWith one of the best photo opportunities of the London Eye (across the rippling water on the pretty park bridge), St. James's Park offers peeking glimpses of Big Ben and the London Eye. Gorgeous tulip beds stretch across the park, and ice cream stands pop up on warm afternoons.
- •Tavistock SquareLiterary minded visitors will enjoy a visit to Tavistock Square which borders the original location of Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury home. Woolf often walked in the park, and a bust commemorating her Bloomsbury career can be found in a southern corner of the square.
- •Brunswick SquareThis small square in Bloomsbury borders the Coram Fields children's park, and nearby residents take lunch and walk their dogs in the square. Across the street is the Brunswick shopping center, which houses the newly renovated Curzon Bloomsbury cinema. The cinema offers new independent releases and one screen dedicated solely to documentary features.