Hyde Park - A great day out for all the family
Don’t forget your camera, the park has a beautiful array of memorials, fountains and statues for you to learn about and explore.
It is one of the largest parks in the capital and has seen locals and visitors while away afternoons here for generations. Forming part of the Royal Parks of London, and having been the site of the Great Exhibition in 1851, it is high up on the to-do list for anyone visiting London.
Hyde Park has gained notoriety over the years thanks to Speakers' Corner. For centuries people have been coming to this area of the park to air their views on pretty much anything. Over the years notable figures such as Karl Marx, George Orwell, Vladimir Lenin and William Morris have used Speakers' Corner to express their views.
Hyde Park is also home to the unique memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, which was opened by the Queen in July 2004. The intricate design is aimed at reflecting Diana's life with water flowing in two directions and ending in a calm pool at the bottom. The park describes the memorial as symbolising the Princess of Wales' quality and openness.
Let the kids explore the newly refurbished Hyde Park Playground which features climbing frames, swings and a slide. Sit and take in the views over the sports fields, tree lined avenues and the Serpentine while they play. Not forgetting the Senior Playground, yes that’s right, a free playground for adults. With a choice from six pieces of equipment, you can improve your fitness with the tranquil background of the park’s nature.
If you’re feeling extra fit, take yourself in a self-guided tour, The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk. The seven-mile-long walk, charted by 90 plaques set in the ground, takes you across four parks, three palaces and two mansions, all which are associated with the Princess during her life.
If you’re feeling peckish, there are plenty of spots to grab a snack. On the lakeside, you will find the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, with an outdoor terrace that looks out over one of London’s most-loved vistas. You won’t find a better spot to enjoy an al fresco meal or drink, with plenty of tables and chairs, inviting shade under our wide canopy and fantastic views out over the lake.
Throughout the year there are seasonal activities and events you can enjoy, such as taking a pedal boat on the Lido. The historical tradition of the Royal Gun Salutes that mark special royal occasions, so make you take advantage of what the park has to offer.
How to get there
If you are staying at Royal Garden Hotel then you are perfectly placed for visiting Hyde Park. The hotel is backed on to the park so you can simply walk into the main entrance.
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