London’s Iconic Green Spaces: The Royal Parks

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Delve inside the history of some of London's most beautiful grounds...

Covering 5,000 acres of carefully conserved historic parkland, London’s Royal Parks are among the city’s most beautiful and beloved spaces; busting with life, they are ‘the lungs of London’. Owned by the Crown, each of the former royal hunting grounds has a grand history – some were owned as far back as the Norman Conquest, others were acquired by Henry VIII during the Reformation. Since being gradually opened to the public, they’ve hosted some of London’s greatest events, including the Great Exhibition and innumerable jubilees, and now offer a retreat from the capital’s hustle and bustle, attracting over 37 million visitors every year. With approximately 135,000 trees and 100,000 roses, they have a beauty, tranquility and diversity that you won’t find anywhere else.

Photograph: Looking towards the London Eye from St James’s Park.

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