11 Park Cafes to Get Your Chill On
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Aaah the weekend, a time of drunken revelry and ambitious plans. You've made it to Saturday and have already abandoned all hope of productivity. In two days, life starts again and it can be very real and very painful.
There's only one thing for it – take yourself to a park and while away the best part of the day, hour after hour, pondering life's many great questions, like can dogs really understand us? And what are the ice cream vans really up to? Probably staging a coup.
After that climb up Richmond Hill, you'll feel grateful to plant your peepers on Hollyhock Cafe. It's situated in the Terrace Gardens with a hard-knock view over the greenery and the Thames.
This heart-warming social enterprise has a lovely plot in the Olympic Park - you can see the famous rings from where you’re sitting. Actually, you can see a lot from where you’re sitting, mainly because of all the glass involved in this building.
Stashed away in the beautiful surroundings of London's oldest botanical garden is this peaceful brunch hot spot. While the menu might be short, these guys have all corners covered when it comes to sizeable slabs of cake and well made coffee.
Right smack in the middle of Greenwich Park, The Pavilion Café does British cafe classics all the way, with cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee all on offer.
If you find yourself bopping around Regent's and in need of a little refreshment, the Espresso Bar is a convenient solution. It's in a quaint chapel-like building and does the usual, plus some muffins and soup of the day if you fancy a bit of grub.
Located in the leafy up-and-coming Clapton ends you'll find a pretty little cafe living in a Grade-II listed building, aka The White Lodge Mansion. Set amongst acres of beautifully landscaped parkland, this really is a notable hidden gem in London.
Sitting pretty between Peckham Rye Park and the common, this cafe with a view is pretty ideal for a sunny aperitivo or a hungover brunch.
Inside this tranquil domed pavilion, gaze out onto the water whilst enjoying delicious sandwiches with homemade bread, light and healthy egg dishes and indulgent, syrup-soaked praline and banana pancakes
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails - sit on the terrace and relax in the most beautiful of all the Royal Parks.
The level of cooking here feels like a stand-alone restaurant rather than a cafe. It's a great sun trap in the afternoon, and you can look out on the water at that healthy lot doing laps.
Yes, it may be a link on the Benugo chain, but it's still worth a visit if you're hungry in Hyde Park. While the food is decent, its waterside setting is what we're really here for. It's an easy place to while away your afternoon.