No London Park will amaze you as much as this one. Battersea Park is located just a couple of miles south of Marble Arch. With a rich collection of wildlife and a beautiful lake, the park offers you a lot more than just walking your dog or playing soccer. The place is full of surprises and the varieties of animals, birds, trees, and sceneries you get to see here is absolutely amazing.
This historic park has a long saga to tell and though it is not now in the shape its original creators visualised, it still has much delight to offer. The place is abuzz with many happening events and there is lots of music and dance including the music evenings at the Gondola al Parco Cafe. Though you cannot erect a tent here or set up a BBQ, you can surely take a horse ride around the place. The place is usually open from 8 in the morning till after dusk.
One of the most favorite attractions of the park is the wonderful children’s zoo. They have a lot of excitement is store for you, especially the kids! The Toddler’s Playground, 1 O’ Clock Club for kids under five, the adventure playground that is open from 11am-6pm and Blue Bird Boats for rowing on the lake make your visit truly enthralling. In other words, there is hardly anything you cannot find here at the Battersea Park in London.
The park has planned out a great set of activities for everyone. Apart from rowing, you can also indulge in Land Train, recumbent bikes or sports activities like jogging, fishing, trim track, tennis, rollerblading, cricket, soccer, rugby, 5-a-side, croquet, boules, and much more! Even a simple activity like talking a walk along the riverside leading you past the London Peace Pagoda could be quite fun and relaxing.
Nature is at its best at the Battersea Park. With a vast collection of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, fish and trees, the park is already gushing with love and romance. The breath-taking arboretum is home to many animals like foxes, squirrels, bats, hedgehogs, Peregrine falcon, Kestrel, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Parakeet, Gadwall and many other different kinds of wildlife. The park also is famous for its largest variety of trees which number more than 4000. Most of these trees are more than 200 years old and each one is tagged to help you walk around the park in a clockwise direction without getting lost. A casual walk across the park will take you more than an hour.
The park has preserved its rich history of art and sculpture collections by the likes of Moore, Hepworth, Kennington, and many other famous names. You can even catch up on the decorative antiques fair, and the affordable art fair. Get a free booklet at the Pump House or Park Office. It will give you a brief idea about the place and how you can go about it without missing the major attractions of the place.
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