Hyde Park was initially created as a hunting playground for the Royal family but throughout the years it has been transformed and is now the gathering place for millions of people each year. From the attractions contained within, to the special events held throughout the year, if you are planning a visit to the capital city in the near future, make sure Hyde Park is on your list of ‘must-see’ locations.
Within the park there is plenty to keep visitors occupied. There is the 7 July Memorial, a permanent memorial built to honour the victims of the bombings which took place in London on 7 July 2005 as well as a beautiful and unique memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, the ‘Diana Memorial Fountain.’ This is something you should definitely make time to see, simply for it’s amazing architecture. You can also a dip in the Serpentine Lido if you are feeling brave enough or test your water navigating skills by hiring a pedal or rowing boat and setting sail across the Serpentine Lake. If rowing isn’t your thing you can still enjoy the delights of the Serpentine by boarding the Solarshuttle; the UK’s first solar powered boat.
If you are looking for somewhere to eat there are also a number of great restaurants near Hyde Park, including some fantastic choices within the park itself. These include:
Serpentine Bar & Kitchen:
Open daily and serving a selection of hot meals and snacks, sandwiches and cakes. You can stop to grab something to eat quickly whilst passing through the park or sit and enjoy your picturesque surroundings as the sun sets. With the park open until midnight, there’s no hurry.
Lido Bar & Cafe:
You would be hard pressed to find a better place to sit back and relax than in the Alfresco dining area of this bar. With amazing views across The Serpentine, it’s the ideal place to while away a summer’s evening.
The Admiral Codrington:
Whilst not technically within Hyde Park, this restaurant is still well worth a visit. It received a Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and serves very reasonable food considering its location.