The parks have been called the “lungs” of London, because they give Londoners the opportunity to walk in the green, to have picnics, to row boats, to go horse-riding, to feed and watch animals without even leave the city.
St James’s Park is the most ancient parks of London, and it is the Royal one, made by a French architect. The area was bought by Henry VIll in 1530, then, in 1660, Charles II had it landscaped by.
Hyde Park is the “people’s park”: it is used for public events.
The Serpentine is the lake that separates Hyde Park from Kensington Gardens, a park which used to be the private garden of Kensington Palace.
Regent’s Park is the right pIace to go if you like animals. Here you can feed the ducks and watch the pelicans. You can also visit the Zoological Gardens, the largest zoo in the country.
If you like shopping, London is also the place to go! In Oxford Street you can find many department stores such as Selfridges, record shops like HMV and Virgin Megastore, and all the souvenir shops where you can buy small and funny things for your friends back home.
If you prefer most elegant shops and boutiques, you should go around Regent Street or Bond Street. Carnaby Street became popular during the 60’s and there you can stilI find the latest, craziest fashions in clothes and accessories.
If you like street markets, you will enjoy Portobello Road Market, one of the oldest and most famous markets in London, specialized in antiques. Petticoat Lane Market only opens on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Camden Lock Market, opens on Saturdays and Sundays. They both have a vast range of second-hand clothes stalls, antiques and books, as well as clothes from oriental countries.