When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than exploring some of London’s beautiful outdoor spaces!

As well as a whole host of parks, playgrounds, and open green spaces, the capital is also home to a whole host of wonderful gardens that are great for exploring on a warm, summer’s day.

Here’s our guide to the best London Gardens to visit this summer…

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

Spanning 300 acres, the Royal Botanical Gardens are home to over 30,000 different types of plant!

Situated in South West London, this UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back over 250 years and boasts unique landscapes, vistas, and iconic architecture from every stage throughout its history.

Offering the largest and most diverse collection of living plants in the world, Kew gardens is a great spot for all the family.

Kensington Palace Gardens

Offering an intimate, tranquil, and secluded oasis in the heart of London, Kensington Gardens bring together a wonderful mix of old and new park pastimes and green spaces.

Once part of Hyde Park, these huge, spacious gardens cover 265 acres and offer a whole host of things to do, see, and explore in beautiful surroundings. If you’re visiting with little ones, don’t miss the Diana Memorial Playground, with its huge wooden ship, sensory trail, and play sculptures inspired by the adventures of Peter Pan.

The Kyoto Japanese Garden

Located within Holland Park, the Kyoto Japanese Garden is a tranquil, Japanese oasis.

A gift from the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the Japan Festival held in London in 1992, the garden is beautifully maintained and features burbling waterfalls and a pond complete with koi carp.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Founded in 1673, the Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s self-proclaimed secret garden. Home to over 5,000 species of plants, this fabulous garden features a Garden World of Medicine and an area dedicated to edible plants.

Kensington Roof Garden

Situated high above West London, this stunning rooftop garden is divided into three sections – a vibrant Spanish Garden, a quintessential English Woodland Garden, and a walled Tudor Garden that’s ornamented with traditional archways.

Look out for the flamingos in the English Woodland Garden!