With its rose-strewn Queen Mary’s Gardens, open-air theater, and full-fledged zoo (which hosts Sunset Safaris after hours come summer) you can easily spend a whole day in the Regent’s Park, no matter how old you are. But why not go off the beaten path? Make use of London’s Santander Cycles share program and bike along the Regent’s Canal, which—with its pleasantly car-free towpath—runs through the park while connecting the West End and the East. If it’s Saturday, stop for haggis toasties, salt-beef bagels, and other such treats at Broadway Market—one of the city’s oldest (and now trendiest) chartered markets—right beside London Fields; you’ll find an offshoot with stalls for handcrafted fashion, jewelry, and more in the adjacent schoolyard. Move on to Hackney City Farm, a family favorite across the canal, which has everything from chickens, pigs, goats, and donkeys to classes in beekeeping and even bike repair. Also of note: its popular Italian café, Frizzante, has live music on Thursday nights.
Bike along the Thames and head north to check out Regent’s Park, or continue biking east and wander up Goldsmith’s Row to experience Hackney City Farm and check out Broadway Market. It’s all within a 30 minute ride along the Thames.
REGENT'S PARK: 44-(0)30-0061-2300; royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park
SANTANDER CYCLES: 44-(0)-0343-222-6666; tfl.gov.uk/santandercycles
REGENT'S CANAL: 44-(0)30-3040-4040; canalrivertrust.org.uk
BROADWAY MARKET: Broadway Market; broadwaymarket.co.uk
HACKNEY CITY FARM: 1A Goldsmiths Row; 44-(0)20-7729-6381; hackneycityfarm.co.uk
FRIZZANTE: 1A Goldsmiths Row; 44-(0)20-7739-2266; frizzanteltd.co.uk