Lonely Planet review for Greenwich Park
Handsome venue of the 2012 Games equestrian events, this park is one of London's loveliest expanses of green, with a rose garden, picturesque walks and astonishing views from the crown of the hill near the statue of General Wolfe, opposite the Royal Observatory. Covering a full 73 hectares, this is the oldest enclosed royal park and is partly the work of André Le Nôtre, the landscape architect who designed the palace gardens of Versailles for Louis XIV, the Sun King. The park is rich in historic sights, including a teahouse near the Royal Observatory, a cafe behind the National Maritime Museum, a deer park, tennis courts in the southwest and a boating lake at the Queen's House end. In October, look out for edible chestnuts on the ground.