One of the greenest capitals in the world, nearly 40% of Greater London is made up of parks, woodlands and other green spaces. With no fewer than eight Royal Parks, taking them in by flight on a hot air balloon trip is an absolute joy, with four of the best at the very heart of the British capital.
Perhaps the most famous of all of London's Royal Parks, Hyde Park is a popular place for many of London's workers to escape to at lunch.
With over 4,000 trees, the magnificent Serpentine lake, its own meadow and carefully designed and maintained rose gardens, it is easy to understand why. With the park also home to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, the sprawling verdant landscape amazes from the silence of a balloon basket.
The Regent's Park
Home to London Zoo, The Regent’s Park (or simply Regent's Park, as it is more commonly known) is a popular tourist destination. Spanning 166 hectares, it has offered solace, celebration and stimulation to Londoners for over 200 years.
St. James's Park
With no fewer than three Royal palaces bordering its edge, St. James's Park is perhaps the most regal of all London's Royal Parks. With lucky hot air balloon flights perfect for taking in ceremonial parades below, on the Mall and Horse Guards Parade held within the park environs, it is more likely to see the funny chatter of the park's famous pelicans being fed each day.
The Green Park
A more serene space, The Green Park is the favourite of many a Londoner. Small and peaceful, it is a verdant canvas of mature trees and grasses. Stunningly set with Piccadilly and Constitution Hill at its edge, together with the neighbouring St. James's Park, it is indicative of the vital oases the Royal Parks of London offer.
London will always be among the greatest cities in the world and, to many, its greatest. Getting far above this fantastic city is one of the best ways to discover it.