There are eight Royal Parks in London which cover an astonishing 5,000 acres between them. Some are to be found in the heart of the city whilst others are set a little bit further afield but each offer visitors and locals the chance for recreation, relaxation, enjoyment and exploration when in London. Hyde Park is undoubtedly one of the most well known open spaces in London and has a whole wealth of things for people to experience whether you want something active or something more sedate.
Hyde Park hosts a regular programme of special events throughout the year from musical events such as Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park and the finale of the BBC Proms to Royal Gun Salutes, Trapeze Schools, 5K runs and seasonal celebrations such as the Winter Wonderland which arrives in December. If you are looking for accommodation near Hyde Park London Paddington and you aren’t specifically coming for a special event you would do well to check what’s on as the hotels immediately surrounding the park are likely to be busier than usual.
Things to See
There are currently around 19 statues, memorials and fountains in Hyde Park which commemorate a variety of significant events and public figures. Notable examples include the Diana Memorial Fountain which was opened in 2004 to commemorate the late Princess of Wales, the 7 July Memorial and the Holocaust Memorial although there are, of course, many others worth visiting. Wandering around the park trying to find all the different statues and memorials is a great way to see the park, whilst also getting to view the installations up close. Speakers’ Corner is also a fascinating part of the park to visit; head there on a Sunday and you could even have the chance to stand on your own soapbox and share about issues close to your heart. Alternatively you might prefer to be one of the hecklers who regularly gather here; as long as any speech given is lawful there is no limit to what can be said.
Things to Do
One of the strengths of Hyde Park is the vast choice of things to do here. If you are staying close by, such as at the Grand Park London Hyde Park Hotel then you might find it difficult to drag yourself away from all the different options in the park itself. One of the main features has to be the Serpentine Lake which winds its way through the heart of the park. There is the opportunity to hire a boat and enjoy some rowing, or you could book a seat on the UK’s first Solarshuttle which also cruises up and down the lake. Swimming in the water of the Serpentine is also possible with the lido which is open from June to September for those brave enough to take a dip. As well as the Serpentine you have playgrounds (for young and old alike!), sports facilities and even horse riding.