LONDON EVENTS – London is set to see 6 million picnics this summer 

Greenwich Park is crowned London’s top picnic spot with a view
Londoners are passionate about picnics according to new research by Zipcar UK*
The research found that:
  • Over four in five Londoners (85%) are planning at least one picnic this summer
  • That adds up to an estimated 5.8 million** picnics in London this summer
  • Over three quarters of Londoners (77%) have admitted they prefer picnics to sit-down meals
It’s no wonder it can be hard to find a quiet spot these days, despite London boasting 40% of public green space, including 3,000 parks and commons***.
Zipcar UK’s research delved into uncovering Londoners’ favourite picnic spots with a view:
  • Greenwich Park in South East London takes the crown as Londoners’ top scenic picnic spot, with 36% of the vote
  • Primrose Hill in North West London (19%)
  • Parliament Hill in Hampstead (14%)
  • Hyde Park, Battersea Park and Richmond Park amongst other favourite spots
Zipcar UK also quizzed Londoners on their hidden gem picnic spots. Zipcar UK has identified London’s under the radar picnic spots on both sides of the river:
North London
  • Waterlow Park, Highgate
  • Forty Hall, Enfield
  • Harrow View Point, Harrow
  • Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill
  • Kenwood House, Hampstead
South London
  • Horniman Museum Gardens, Forest Hill
  • Burgess Park, Camberwell(ish)
  • Eltham Palace Park, Eltham
  • The Rookery, Streatham
  • Danson Park, Bexleyheath

Vivienne Mackinnon from Zipcar UK said: “It’s no wonder Londoners are such passionate picnickers, with easy access to so many incredible green spaces all across the city. And we think that Zipcar Flex’s network of floating cars, including electric vehicles, is the perfect way to get to a picnic. There’s no need to worry about lugging picnic baskets around or paying for parking at your destination, which means you’re saving the pennies AND the planet.”
London’s green spaces – did you know?
● London is made up of 40% public green space, totalling 35,000 acres, including 3,000 parks
● The capital boasts eight Royal Parks, former hunting grounds that are now all open to the public, including Hyde Park, Green Park and Richmond Park
● London also has a large number of council-owned parks, including Victoria Park and Battersea Park, plus over a hundred registered commons
● Smaller green spaces are usually known as garden squares, and were originally built for the private use of the residents of London’s fashionable districts, and many of which, like popular Soho Square, are now open to the public
● There are even two historic lavender fields in the borough of Sutton
Zipcar UK conducted the research as part of this summer’s Park4Picnics campaign, because jumping in a Zipcar is the perfect way to help Londoners get the most out of summer in their city. This includes a free picnic event in London Fields E8 on Saturday 20th July 2019 with plenty of fun and freebies – yes, that includes ice cream – and entertainment on the day. Anyone is welcome to come along and celebrate summer with us.
For more information about Zipcar UK please visit  www.zipcar.com/en-gb or search Zipcar.
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