I think it’s fair to say we have a bit of a thing for the Royal Parks.
These incredible green spaces dotted around London make the city what it is – an awe-inspiring hotch-potch of big-city bustle and unparalleled relaxation.
Wherever you are in the Big Smoke, you’re never far from a Royal Park. Indeed there are eight of them spanning more than 5,000 acres – Bushy Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, St James’s Park, The Green Park and The Regent’s Park.
There are lots of reasons why the parks have become so important to the fabric of London. Alongside the beautiful horticulture, they’re home to some of the country’s most important statues and memorials. They’re also vital in cooling temperatures, reduce wind speeds and absorbing pollution.
At Pines & Needles our connection with the Royal Parks is strong. In actual fact, many become our storefront in December as our team of elves set up camp across the city to sell our wonderful wares, from lustrous Christmas trees, stands and wreaths to lights, decorations and garlands.
Of course well before the temperatures drop and Jack Frost sprinkles his magic, the Royal Parks play host to all manner of events.
One that looks completely unmissable is the British Summer Time party in Hyde Park between July 1 and July 10. Stars such as Take That and Florence and the Machine will take part in the open-air extravaganza, with comedy acts and other entertainment packed into the schedule.
The parks will have calmed down a little by the time you come and see us this Christmas to pick up your needle-perfect real fir tree, but when you do just take a moment to soak up the wonderful history of the environment you’re in.