Where to See the Changing Autumn Leaves in London

Admire the autumn leaves in some of the most beautiful places in London, and discover the best places to park from Greenwich Park to Primrose Hill.

The summer months are over and autumn is officially here - the perfect time to enjoy the crisp air and see the leaves change colour. But with a range of beautiful London locations to choose from, where are the best places to see the autumn changing leaves? Read on to discover Stashbee’s picks of the city’s parks where you can enjoy all the natural beauty the capital has to offer, as well as affordable parking spaces to rent near all of them.

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Richmond Park

One of London’s eight Royal Parks, Richmond Park covers an area of 2,500 acres. Just a short way from central London, there’s loads of open space to enjoy in Richmond Park. However, the park is best known for its deer. In fact, Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve, home to 630 Red and Fallow deer which have roamed its grounds since 1637. Although these photogenic animals are perfect for a decidedly autumn Instagram story, they are wild animals, so be sure to keep at least 50 metres away and don’t attempt to touch or feed them.

The park is also home to King Henry’s Mound, which offers a panorama of the entire Thames Valley and a distant view of St. Paul’s. It’s also thought that this is where King Henry VIII watched a rocket fire from the Tower of London back on 19th May 1536, which was a signal that Anne Boelyn had been executed for treason, allowing him to marry Jane Seymour.

Richmond Park parking

If Richmond Park seems like the perfect place to watch the autumn changing leaves, rest assured, it’s pretty easy to get to. Parking in Richmond Park is open for free from 7:30am during winter, with the vehicle gates closing at dusk all year round. However, the free parking spaces are limited, meaning that it can get very busy indeed. If you’d prefer to confirm your parking ahead of time, you can find parking in Richmond with Stashbee.

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Hyde Park

Set in the heart of London, Hyde Park is another of the capital’s Royal Parks. While it can get lively during summer, when concerts and events take place, it also offers a wide expanse of space in which to chill out and relax, especially when autumn is rolling in. It might be a bit cold to take a dip in the Serpentine, but it’s the perfect backdrop for a crisp morning walk. Stop off at the Waterside Café and enjoy the views alongside a cuppa or, if you’re visiting on a Sunday, head to Speakers’ Corner, a place of protest and rallies, where many often go to share their world views.

Hyde Park parking

Pay and Display parking is available in car parks at either end of Serpentine Bridge, as well as West Carriage Drive. However, it’s often recommended to avoid travelling to Hyde Park by car as there are limited places. For a guaranteed parking space in Hyde Park, all you need to do is explore what Stashbee has to offer.

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Regent's Park & Primrose Hill

Named after the Prince Regent (who later became King George IV), Regent’s Park combines large open spaces with sports and a front-row seat to London’s canalways. Explore the colourful flower beds in the Avenue Gardens, head out onto the boating lake and then take a walk up Primrose Hill, just past Camden, for some of the best views in London.

Although you’ll be in a great location to enjoy a trip to the nearby Open Air Theatre and London Zoo, the park has its own wildlife on display. Boasting a huge wetland area, you can find around 100 species of wild birds, as well as a breeding population of hedgehogs.

Regent's Park & Primrose Hill parking

There are limited parking facilities available at Regent’s Park, and no public car parks at Primrose Hill. Instead, guarantee your parking space as you enjoy the view, and book parking in Marylebone for the south side of Regent’s Park, or park in Camden for the easiest access to Primrose Hill.

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Greenwich Park

Next to the River Thames and home to some of London’s best panoramic views, Greenwich Park is another top choice to see the autumn leaves. The park boasts an eclectic mix of 17th century landscapes, lush gardens and an intriguing history, which will take you back to Roman times.

There’s a number of monuments to discover, as well as the National Maritime Museum and The Royal Observatory - literally the home of Greenwich Mean Time, as well as London’s only functioning planetarium. Also, there’s a great range of gardens to explore at Greenwich Park - from The Queen’s Orchard to the Herb Garden, there’s much more than just flowers and the autumn leaves to see here.

Greenwich Park parking

There is a car park available in Greenwich Park which is open all week and can be accessed via Blackheath Gates entrance. However, it can get especially busy at peak times, so for extra peace of mind, guarantee your parking space in Greenwich with Stashbee.

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Battersea Park

A 200-acre Victorian park with a riverside promenade, children’s play areas and a large lake - sounds good, right? Well, that’s Battersea Park in a nutshell. As well as these great features, the park’s large open spaces make it great for autumn strolls in London. Located on the south bank of the River Thames, Battersea Park is also a convenient and fun Go Ape location for Londoners and city day trippers alike. View the autumn leaves from up high on the Go Ape Treetop Challenge and admire the park’s stunning views from above.



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Battersea Park parking

Battersea Park has parking zones in the area, but they charge for every space all year round - including bank holidays. Despite the cost, these spaces are taken up quickly, so you might find it difficult to find somewhere to leave your car as you explore the autumnal beauty of the park. If that’s the case, guarantee your parking near Battersea Park by booking with one of our Stashbee Hosts.

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Guarantee Your Parking Space With Stashbee

There’s nothing worse than planning a nice day out to one of London’s top parks, then spending too much of it driving around looking for somewhere affordable to park. By booking a short term parking space with one of our dedicated Stashbee Hosts, you can enjoy a lovely autumn day out without having to worry about whether your car is safe.

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Updated 18th Apr 2023

Written 6th Oct 2021