I'm an actress and freelance writer living in North London
Published April 6th 2011
There are many parks and amazing green spaces around London, and being British, we treasure the tiniest bit of sun, so the bigger parks ironically can get really packed!
Gladstone Park is a much lesser known park, it is in North West London and is a favourite of locals, but because it is hidden away it is always easy to find a quiet spot. Situated in among Dollis Hill, Cricklewood and besides Willsden Green, it is easily accessible form most parts of North West and West London.
The park is made up of hills at the top, and playing fields towards the bottom where the land is a lot flatter. The North of the park, contains conservation areas, a duck pond and benches situated so there are amazing views of London. From the top you can see Wembley stadium, and if you turn south at the highest point, on a clear day you can see views of the London skyline.
The centre of the park, has a traditional children's play area, as well as rope swings made out of nearby trees, and various artifacts that have been there for many years. It is an excellent spot for joggers and avid walkers, as there are routes sign-posted and plenty of sights to see.
I am lucky enough that this park is right down the end of my road so I have the opportunity to visit it everyday. But I definitely recommended it to visitors to the area, as even on the sunniest days, it is not too overrun with people. So it is always peaceful, and great place for a picnic.
Many family friendly activities take place through out the year so do check out the website and at the top of the park there is also the stables art gallery, perfect to add a little history to your day. Nearest stations to the park are Dollis Hill and Willsden Green. Check TFL for more information, as the park is around a 5-10 minute walk from either station. Various buses also circle the park area.