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The Serpentine, Hyde Park
The Serpentine, Hyde Park | © Garry Knight/Flickr
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The Best London Parks with Boating Lakes

Picture of Ruaidhrí Carroll
London Travel Writer
Updated: 4 January 2018
There are few things more relaxing (and affordable!) than setting out on a pedalo or rowing boat to bask in the English summer sun. So if you’re wondering where to go to rent a pedalo or rowing boat in London, here is the comprehensive collection of the best parks with boating lakes in London.

Regent’s Park

Less than a 10-minute walk from trendy Camden, Regent’s Park is a large, round green space that is home to ZSL London Zoo, Queen Mary’s Gardens and a host of sporting facilities. The boating lake, situated near the southwestern edge of the park, takes up a fairly large proportion of the park, so there’s lots of space for maritime amateurs to get to grips with the navigational trials of the pedalos and rowing boats.

Boating Lake, Regent's Park, with The Home villa in the background
Boating Lake, Regent’s Park, with The Home villa in the background | © David Hawgood/Geograph

Hyde Park

Probably the most famous park in London – and one of eight Royal Parks in the capital – Hyde Park and the adjoining Kensington Gardens, another Royal Park, stretch all the way from Kensington and Queensway in West London to Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner in Central London. Pedalos and rowing boats can be hired by The Serpentine lake in the south of the park, while other attractions include Speakers’ Corner and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, another great place to cool down on a hot summer day.

The Serpentine, Hyde Park
The Serpentine, Hyde Park | © Garry Knight/Flickr

Battersea Park

South Londoners can head to Battersea Park, which stretches three quarters of a mile along the south bank of the River Thames in Battersea. The Boating Lake is in the southeastern corner of the rectangular park, which stretches half a mile back from the river. Be sure to check out some of the other attractions, which include the London Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo and the Australian Memorial Garden.

Battersea Park Boating Lake
Boating Lake, Battersea Park | © Marathon/Geograph

Alexandra Palace

One for North Londoners, Alexandra Palace is a great place to take the kids. Besides a host of fun activities available in the palace itself, the choice of pedalos ranges from a more traditional, plain yellow design through swans and dragons to a waterborne model of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, perfect for all the Herby fans out there. The boating lake is located in the northwestern reaches of the park.

Victoria Park

This one is great for East Londoners. West of the Olympic Park in Stratford, Victoria Park is a great green expanse situated on Regent’s Canal. Besides the boating lake, which can be found on the southwestern edge of the park, there are plenty of other attractions here, including lots of sports facilities, the Old English Garden and the splash pool, great for cooling the kids down in the sweltering summer heat.

Chinese Pagoda by the Boating Lake, Victoria Park
Chinese Pagoda by the Boating Lake, Victoria Park | © Christine Matthews/Geograph

Greenwich Park

Another one for South Londoners, Greenwich Park is famous as the site of the Royal Observatory, home of the Prime Meridian international waypoint of time, while the National Maritime Museum sits on the northern periphery of the park. The Greenwich Boating Pond can be found on the northeastern edge of the park, but be aware that this boating lake is not as spacious as those of the other parks on this list.