In this list we recommend the best of North London’s public parks to visit this year. If you live in southern part of the River Thames, check out our previous list of favourite South London Parks as well as those surrounding Central London.
Hampstead Heath is only around four miles away from the buzzing atmosphere of central London, but while standing on the top of the park’s hills you could be forgiven for thinking the distance was further! The beautiful North West London park awards spectacular views, especially on top of Parliament Hill where as the name suggests, you can see across the capital’s skyline including the Houses of Parliament (although now it’s a little obscured by neighboring buildings), St Pauls Cathedral, Canary Wharf, Gherkin and the Shard.
Lee Valley Park
A 26 mile long linear park which runs through the northeast of Greater London along the River Lee, through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the East India Docks. It runs through areas such as Stratford, Tottenham, Enfield, Walthamstow, Cheshunt and Broxbourne. Covering an area of over 10,000 acres, it is intercepted by a number of roads and railways, and is made up of a diverse mix of country parks, country side areas, urban green spaces, nature reserves and lakes. Many sports are done in the park including Walking, Cycling, Camping, Horse riding and Ice skating. There are guided tours on the first Sunday of every month which are useful to know your way around.
Alexandra Park in Haringey is a 80 hectare landscaped park that is split between hilly terrain and flat ground. Famous for housing the Alexandra Palace, the building which used to transmit BBC TV Programmes, is used today as a conference and exhibition centre. Many events including the Afro Hair and Beauty Show are hosted there. The park is also notable for it’s huge display of firework celebrations, organised annually by Haringey Council on the nearest Saturday to Guy Fawkes Night. Beautiful in the Summer, Alexandra Park’s sloping hill offers a wide view of London, and on a clear day, even Crystal Palace on the south east of London is visible.
Finsbury Park is a 110 acre public park in Haringey and one of the first great London parks created during the Victorian period. With large pedestrian and cycle routes along the Parkland Walk, it links with Crouch Hill Park, Crouch End and Highgate. Football pitches, an athletics stadium, tennis and basketball courts are among the sports facilities available here. Enjoy major summer music festivals such Wireless, which is hosted at the park annually and attracts some of the world’s most popular and trending artists.