Need a break from pounding the pavements and the bustling tourist attractions? Relax in one of the city's green spaces. London has a surprising amount of open areas for you to explore. There’s eight Royal Parks, as well as numerous commons and heaths throughout the city.

Discover beautifully kept gardens, enjoy a picnic on the grass and find the perfect play space for the children. Be sure to take some time out to recharge the batteries.

Regent's Park

Lying in north-west London, Regent's Park is one of the city's Royal Parks, with 140 acres of beautiful greenery to enjoy. It's a picturesque place to enjoy a picnic in the summer or a brisk stroll in the winter. Hire rowing boats and pedalos on the lake and explore the park from another perspective.

Regent's Park is also home to London Zoo – a top choice for a day out in London with kids. They’ll love the daily animal events where they can get up close and personal with everything from spiders to big cats.

Location: Big Bus stop #5. Tube stops Regent's Park, Baker Street

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is another enormous park to explore, located right in the bustling centre of the city. Visit the famous Speakers' Corner - a site for public speeches and debates since the 1800s. Pay your respects at the Diana Memorial Fountain, in remembrance of the Princess of Wales, and the memorial to honour the victims of the 7th July 2005 London bombings.

Location: Big Bus stops #3, #4, #28, #36, #38, #39. Tube stops Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch

St James's Park

Visiting Buckingham Palace? Be sure to pay a visit to the adjoining St James's Park – it’s filled with ducks, swans, squirrels and birds. Continue the royal theme with a glitzy afternoon tea at The Ritz, just a 15-minute walk away. Treat yourself for a special occasion but make sure you book well in advance and dress to impress.

Location: Big Bus stops #1, #30. Tube stops St James's Park, Westminster

Hampstead Heath

Elevate your London perspective – Hampstead Heath is one of the best places in London to see the city skyline. In fact, the vista from Parliament Hill in the south-east corner of the park is protected by law. Make the hike up the 322-foot (98-metre) hill and you'll be rewarded with views of Canary Wharf, St Paul's Cathedral and many more top London sights.

Location: Tube stop Hampstead (jump off Big Bus Green Link at King's Cross to connect to the Northern Line northbound).