When summer rears its head (briefly) in London, it seems like the entire city’s population flocks to the parks in droves. Go for a wander through some of London’s most popular parks and you’ll be faced with bright-pink, topless men sunning themselves, and picnicking groups a-plenty. But not all picnic spots are alike, with some far more suited to the endeavour than others. For the best experience, you’ll want to head to one of the three London parks that were found to be among the best picnic spots in the UK.
Ahead of National Picnic Week (June 17-25), recipe-box delivery company HelloFresh has scoured the country, and they’ve determined the UK’s top 20 picnic locations. They started with the country’s top 50 picnic spots, before analysing them through three categories: average summer temperatures, online searches, and popularity on TikTok. With all of that factored in, Seven Sisters in East Sussex stormed to the top of the leaderboard, taking first place. Sure, they may only have a balmy average summer temperature of just 20°C, but they had a staggering 21 million views on TikTok.
Despite not placing first, London still fared pretty well with three picnic spots in the top ten list. These included Hampstead Heath (in 3rd place overall), Greenwich Park Flower Garden (5th), and St James’s Park (6th).
If you’re lucky enough to live near one of these parks and visit them often, you’re privy to some truly world-class picnic environs. Hampstead Heath was the clear winner of the London lot, with some 18 million TikTok views, and an average summer temperature of 22°C.
The top 10 best picnic spots in the UK
- Seven Sisters, East Sussex
- Chatsworth House, Peak District
- Hampstead Heath, London
- Corfe Castle, Dorset
- Greenwich Park Flower Garden, London
- St James’s Park, London
- Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
- Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
- Tatton Park, Cheshire
- Derwent Dam, Peak District