Richmond Park and Hyde Park top the list of London's favourite parks
London’s parks share a rich history and hold a special place in the hearts of many Londoners. Richmond Park and Hyde Park began as “deer parks” – hunting grounds for the British aristocracy, whilst St James’s Park has been at the centre of the country’s royal and ceremonial life for over 400 years.
YouGov research shows a broad range of opinion on London’s favourite park – but Richmond Park and Hyde Park are out in front.
Richmond Park tops the list, the favourite park of 17% of Londoners that gave an opinion (excluding 9% 'Don't know' responses); this is closely followed by Hyde Park (15%). The eight Royal Parks dominate the list, with Hampstead Heath (8%) the highest ranking non-royal park.
Amongst the top two parks, there is a generational divide in opinion. Hyde Park is the favourite park of 27% of Londoners aged 18-24 and just 7% of those over 55, whereas Richmond Park is the favourite amongst 23% of over 55s and 9% of 18-24 year olds.
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