Hyde Park - London
Hyde Park is one of London’s most beautiful and historic parks. It’s the largest of the four Royal Parks, spanning over 350 acres. The park is located at Marble Arch in Central London. Famous for its Speaker’s Corner, Serpentine lake, and Rose Garden, it’s also home to memorials, fountains and statues. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along The Serpentine lake. Rent a rowboat or pedal boat with your honey. Relax over a picnic lunch. Or go horseback riding along the park’s bridle path.
Speaker’s Corner has been the site of public speeches, protests and debates since the mid-1800’s. Every Sunday morning, people come from far and wide to “experience” the world-famous Speaker’s Corner. Some participate in the Open Forum. Others just come to listen and watch. Anyone who has something to say, on any subject, (usually politics, tourists, or religion) can stand on their soap box and entertain the audience. More than often, the discussions get quite heated. It’s well worth a visit, at least once.
Take a walk along the swan-filled Serpentine lake, located in Hyde Park. It’s a lovely setting. No swimming is allowed, but you can rent a rowboat or pedal boat and enjoy time on the water.
On July 7, 2009, a memorial of 52 stainless steel pillars was unveiled in Hyde Park to honor the victims of the July 7, 2005 bombings. The 52 steel columns – one for each victim of the July 7, 2005 London bombings – stand 11.5 feet tall. Visitors can walk around each of the memorial columns and read the inscriptions. A stainless steel plaque listing the names of the victims is sited on a grass bank at the far eastern end of the memorial. The memorial is located in the southeast corner of Hyde Park, just north of Achilles, to the east of Lovers Walk.
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
A memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on July 6, 2004. The Memorial is near The Serpentine. It symbolizes Diana’s life and openness. There are three bridges where you can cross the water to get right to the heart of the fountain. Visitors aren’t allowed to walk on the Memorial, but you can sit on the edge of it and dip your feet in the water. Memorial is open daily, weather permitting.
Hyde Park is open daily.
Nearest Underground Stations
Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge
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Take a fun London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James’s Park. See Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial.
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