Hyde Park - London
Hyde Park is one of London’s most beautiful and historic parks, spanning over 350 acres. Located at Marble Arch in Central London, it’s the largest of the four Royal Parks. It is home to memorials, fountains, statues, Speaker’s Corner, The Serpentine, and The Rose Garden. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or go rollerblading along the Serpentine, rent a rowing or pedal boat with your honey, play tennis, 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 flock here from far and wide to “experience” the world-famous Speakers Corner. Some people participate in the Open Forum. Anyone who has something to say, on any subject they please, (usually politics, tourists, or religion) can stand on their soap box and entertain the audience. Other people just come to listen and watch. More than often, the discussions get quite heated. It’s worth a visit, at least once.
Take a walk along the swan-filled Serpentine Lake, located in Hyde Park. No swimming is allowed, but you can rent a rowboat or pedal boat.
On July 7, 2009, a memorial of 52 stainless steel pillars was unveiled in central London’s 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. Those attending the memorial service included Prime Minister Gordon Brown, London Mayor Boris Johnson, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and families of the 7/7 victims. 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, but closed if the weather is too severe.
Hyde Park is open daily.
Nearest Underground Stations
Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge
Book London Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Fun Things To Do
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.