With the children soon about to go on their summer holidays, why not get out of the house for an afternoon, pack a picnic and admire gorgeous flowers and plant life at a public park?

There are plenty to choose from, whether it's an all-day attraction like Kew Gardens or a public park with some flower beds, so there's no excuses not to get outside!

Here are our top picks of gardens in west London you must visit this summer.

The Woodland Gardens in Bushy Park

Hidden away in Bushy Park lie woodland gardens with picturesque paths, fountains, streams, rivers and gorgeous wildlife.

You'll feel like you've left London behind entirely!

Bushy Park, Hampton Court Road, Hampton, TW12 2EJ - 0300 061 2250

Kensington Gardens

Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Kensington Gardens to see the amazing surroundings and attractions, including the Peter Pan statue, Albert Memorial and more.

Filled with lovely flowers and plants, Kensington Gardens is a great place to visit for a picnic on a warm summer's day during National Parks Week.

Kensington Gardens, Kensington, W2 2UH - 0300 061 2000

Chelsea Physic Gardens

Chelsea Physic Gardens was established in 1673 and is London's oldest botanic garden, containing around 5,000 edible, useful, medicinal and historic plants.

Visit the garden and take the children for an educational, fun visit among the plants!

Chelsea Physic Gardens, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HS - 020 7352 5646

Osterley Park and Gardens

Osterley Park is a large park with a gorgeous National Trust house.

The park and gardens are filled with stunning flowers, so take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this area.

Osterley Park and Gardens, Jersey Road, Isleworth, TW7 4RB - 020 8232 5050

Kew Gardens

The summer holidays are perfect for a visit to one of the prettiest attractions in west London! With over 30,000 species of plants and loads of fun activities for children, Kew Gardens is a definite winner for half-term frolics.

Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB - 020 8332 5655

Kyoto Gardens

The Kyoto Japanese Garden is a hidden gem to visit in Holland Park. The beautiful park is tucked away in Kensington and is perfect for relaxing in with a picnic, with its waterfalls and tranquil trees and plants.

Kyoto Gardens, 100 Holland Park Avenue, Kensington, W11 4UA - 020 7361 3003

Queen Mary's Garden in Regents Park

Named after the wife of King George V, Queen Mary's Garden in Regents Park is world-famous.

The garden is London's largest collection of roses with approximately 12,000 roses planted within the gardens. There are 85 single variety beds on display, including one which is home to the unique 'Royal Parks' rose.

Regents Park, Chester Road, Camden, NW1 4NR - 0300 061 2300

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