Whether I am traveling away somewhere or exploring the city limits of home life in London, visiting parks is one of my favourite things to do. From cute little parks that are hidden to the world to huge busy and crowded parks like that of Hyde Park. You can read my Walk In The Park series of posts. I always love the quiet ones though, and one that is fast becoming a favourite is Battersea Park. I love its peaceful setting by the River Thames. View of the beautiful Albert Bridge and close proximity to Kings Road is a huge plus. It's not that popular with tourist, so at most you have locals jogging or running up and down the promenade by the river. The park is fairly big but easily walkable but an even better idea is to rent one of the Barclays Bikes and cycle around the park.
Its main attraction for me is the Peace Pagoda that I pass so many times as I commute on the other side of the river quite often so I wanted to chill out here and explore. If you haven't been, I would strongly recommend it whether you are in London for a short period(Yes, I recommend it for the Londoners who haven't been here before too). There are moments you visit a new city and don't want to just visit a tourist fixtures but want to chill out and relax, as well as see where locals hang out, well this park is just like that. Laid back, beautiful with few cafes dotted about to get your tea or caffeine fix in between exploring the green.
Tip: Great way to explore the park and surrounding area; you will find the Boris bikes or Barclays bikes on the the the side of the park so you can cycle around the park and make a few stops for coffee in the few park cafes available. Also if coming with kids, there is a little kiddie zoo in the park too.