BY TOBY PORTER
The nibbles are packed, the cool box is full and our parks are packed for National Picnic Month.
And to really put the icing on the cake, Londoners have voted Greenwich Park as their top picnic spot in a poll by Zipcar UK.
By securing 36 per cent of the vote, the park beat famous spots like Primrose Hill and Hyde Park.
Battersea Park also featured high on the hotspot list. And the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, and Burgess Park in Camberwell, were among the South London places to appear on the poll’s hidden gems list.
It is hardly surprising that Greenwich secured its position, as it attracts five million visitors every year.
The summer is set to include some fantastic events, including bandstand concerts, nature-inspired activites and a fun-filled family programme, Mission: Invertebrate.
Michael Loughnane, Greenwich Park’s Assistant Park Manager, said: “We’re delighted that Londoners have chosen Greenwich Park as their top summer picnic spot, confirming that the park is cherished by its five million annual visitors.
“It offers a tranquil oasis where locals can get away from the hustle and bustle, relax, engage with nature and delve into some of the capital’s most fascinating history – offering some of the best views in the capital.”
Zipcar UK conducted the survey as part of its Park4Picnics campaign. Zipcar will be holding a free picnic event in London Fields on July 20.
It is expected that six million of us will stroll through London’s parks in the coming months.
Vivienne Mackinnon, from Zipcar UK, said: “It’s no wonder Londoners are such passionate picnickers, with easy access to so many incredible green spaces all across the city.
The survey of 1,000 people found Greenwich was twice as popular in the survey as its nearest rival, Primrose Hill in north-west London.
Greenwich received 35.5 per cent of the votes, almost double that of the second-place park, which got 18.8 per cent.
Brockwell Park, home to the Lambeth Country Show, was fifth in the table, with 5.7 per cent, behind third-placed Parliament Hill and Alexandra Park, with 14.2 and 12.7 per respectively.
For more information about what’s on at Greenwich Park: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/greenwich-park