Hyde Park: A Haven in the CityWhat was once a private hunting ground for Henry VIII is now a favorite destination for London locals and visitors alike. One of the eight Royal Parks, Hyde simultaneously serves as a natural oasis and civic hub. A day on the green has endless possibilities: unpack a picnic at Serpentine Lake; take a stand at Speakers’ Corner; reflect at the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain; ride horseback or attend a rock concert. However you choose to watch the world go by here is guaranteed time well spent.
Although it could be listed with the other Royal Parks, Hyde Park justifies an entry in itself for its sheer array of attractions. It’s big enough for horse tracks and world-famous galleries (the Serpentine), yet small enough to explore on foot, in-line skate or Boris Bike. The north side is home to Diana’s memorial fountain and Speakers' Corner (where civilians can peddle views on almost anything). Don’t miss rowing on the Serpentine, which has boats for rent and an old-fashioned waterside pavilion.
Explore by Bike
Hyde Park – London
Morning Gallops in the Park
Perfect for dog spotting, pottering, reading, a meander on a first date, a run on the one day of summer we'll get that year.
Hyde Park is also home to one of the most romantic sights London town can offer, that of the Household Cavalry on drills of a morning. Manes and plumes flying, the shine and clank of metal on metal, flashes of red in the January grey.
Here's a moment of relaxation between drills snapped a couple of weeks ago. Wrap up warm and grab a bacon sandwich from one of the snack booths.
Walk In The Park
Bike Around Hyde Park
Pick up one of the hire bikes from Hyde Park Corner, Speakers Corner or Albert Gate and ride past Hyde Park's rolling lawns, pretty lakes and expansive gardens.
A slow circle around the Park's perimeter takes about 30 minutes without stops for ice cream, people-watching and picnicking in the grass. If you want to ride farther, you can add a loop to Buckingham Palace or Kensington Gardens. Or stop for ice cream more often.
A Day in Hyde Park
Living in a tropical country all my life, I have never seen anything quite like this before. The leaves were starting to change color and the green of the grass was just lovely. It was a shame I didn’t get to lie on the grass and watch the beautiful sky and the world go by; something which I told myself I would do when I'm in London. Well, next year perhaps! I'm pretty sure Hyde Park is awaiting my return.