City parks are some of the most popular places to hang out in the Paddington area. Regent’s Park is one of the capital’s Royal Parks offering large open spaces for outdoor exploration and family games. Although its boating lake only offers adult pedalos during the week the separate children’s lake is open at weekends, bank holidays and school holidays and children’s pedalos are readily available for hire there.
The beautiful rose garden contains the city’s largest collection of the flower with approximately 12,000 roses planted within the gardens and is a tranquil escape for people wanting to dip out for a while from the hectic London pace.
Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, is to the west of Hyde Park. Both Royal Parks provide a range of activities to keep families entertained. Often referred to as the “green lung” of London they offer opportunities to boat along the Serpentine River in Hyde Park, cycle through each park or take a simple walk to have a picnic.
Events on in Hyde Park include the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final, which comes for five days of international competition in September. Thousands of people will flock to the centre of London to cheer on the world’s best triathletes and para-triathletes as they compete for world championship titles. Come and join this free event on at Hyde Park between the 11th and 15th of September.
Why not cheer on runners in another sporting event annually run in central London. One of the best city runs in the world the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon will be held on October 6.
The marathon covers a 13.1 mile (21km) route that includes four of London’s Royal Parks including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park. It also passes some brilliant London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Royal Albert Hall and the Houses of Parliament.
To sample some of Paddington’s delights visit the green spaces and enjoy the bright sporting entertainment on offer this year.