This week is set to be one of hottest weeks of the year so far, with a tropical 30 degree plus heat heading to London! Whilst the commute to and from work on a sweltering tube fills me with dread, it’s a great time to get outdoors and (re)discover one of London’s many summer-ready spots. So when the sun shone brightly a few weeks ago, on a day only a few degrees cooler, there seemed no better location for a catch up with my friend Lynz than Regent’s Park.
I often forget about this Royal Park as, whilst it’s only 10 minutes away from the office, it’s a bit of a detour to go and explore (lazy I know!). In fact the last time I took a wander there was way back in the summer of 2012 (evidence here)! I thought then I had discovered all of its finest spots, but it seems I’d neglected a rather big part of the map, Queen Mary’s Gardens.
Named after the wife of King George V, it’s one of the largest collection of roses with around 12,000 planted within the garden perimeter. As you can imagine, in the summer sunshine the garden looks and smells rather lovely.
This one particularly caught my eye in the heat of the sun.
But it was worthwhile taking stepping back and enjoying them in all their summer glory.
Once we’d inspected and absorbed enough roses, we found plenty more places to potter around.
We crossed over the bridge and listened to the reeds rustle in the wind.
Watched graceful black swans enjoying the attention of onlookers.
Spotted the most colourful flowers…
And got right up close.
Then found ourselves peering out across a peaceful park.
Once we’d returned to ground level, we spotted the more tropical variety of plants.
And then just round the corner found the more manicured side of things.
Of course, after absorbing plenty of sunshine, we took brief shelter in the shade…
The perfect place to cool down by a fountain with a friend or good book.
One of the best things about London is that you can constantly rediscover old favourites.