London ranked as best city in UK for parks

London’s parks are the best in the UK, according to surprising recent data.

Green spaces have been a saving grace for many Londoners this year, with the capital city’s parks providing necessary respite for those in high-rise flats, small homes without gardens and busy households.

Now, the capital’s incredible green spaces have been recognised, after nabbing the top spot on a list of UK cities with the ‘best’ parks.

Data analysts from international flower delivery service abcFlora used Google ratings and other data on each city’s parks to generate a comprehensive ranking on general park quality.

Impressively, London’s leafy spaces not only nabbed the capital the title of ‘best’ city but also landed a perfect score of 10 out of 10.

While it may come as a surprise to some to see the big smoke certified as the country’s greenest city, this win is explained by London’s sheer number and range of parks.

London is top in the UK for parks.
(Image: abcFlora)

Though the city is by far the UK’s most densely populated urban area, with only 56,781 people per park, there’s more than enough space for everyone.

And from Hampstead Heath’s rolling meadows and quiet woodland to St James’s Park’s manicured lawns, there’s certainly a whole variety of open public spaces to choose from – around 3,000 in fact.

Plus, from seeing your favourite band in Central London’s Hyde Park or cycling leisurely on your rented bike through North West London’s Regent’s Park, there’s lots to keep people entertained.

Nicolas Rodriguez, director of abcFlora, told 2Chill : “It’s fascinating to see where in the UK has the best parks, with some surprising results.

Man sitting on bench reading book and enjoying London skyline from parliament hill.
(Image: Getty / Richard Newstead)

“It goes to show no matter how busy and bustling a city, you can always find peace and serenity when there are enough green spaces on offer.

“All cities should be taking steps towards park expansion where they can, to improve the quality of life of the residents, wildlife and most importantly, restore to worlds natural balance.”

In second place was Belfast, the capital city of Northern Island, with an overall score of 8.94 and even better odds of 42,306 people per park.

Bristol took third place with a respectable score of 7.92.

Manchester, meanwhile, came bottom of the bunch with a rating of 0, having failed to score as a result of its overwhelming average of 183,341 people per park.

See the full list of rankings here.

My London – Local News