What could be more relaxing than taking to the waters of one of the English capital’s most beautiful green spaces? Indeed, boating on the Serpentine Lake in the heart of Hyde Park is a truly breathtaking experience.
Peace and relaxation on the Serpentine Lake
Open from April until the end of October, the Serpentine Lake is a wonderful destination to head to for anyone hoping to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing in central London, with boating available for visitors aged 12 and over.
It’s a perfect way to wile away a sunny summer afternoon or a crisp autumn morning and allows visitors to simply sit back, relax and watch the world float by.
A fleet of rowing and pedal boats are available for hire from the Serpentine Lido, with guests able to enjoy all the joys of taking to the lake’s calm waters, safe in the knowledge there is always someone nearby to offer a helping hand if they get in trouble.
Visitors can take to the waters of the lake daily between the hours of 10 am and 8 pm in spring/summer, with a slightly earlier closing of 4 pm as the nights draw in during the autumn months.
Other Hyde Park attractions
It is not just the beautiful Serpentine that draws the crowds to this inner-city oasis of greenery though, as Hyde Park is also home to some of London’s most popular landmarks and attractions, such as:
- Speakers’ Corner
- The Rose Garden
- Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
- Holocaust Memorial
- Hudson Memorial Bird Sanctuary
- Statue of Achilles
- The Albert Memorial
- Serpentine Sackler Gallery
With all these exciting and historic sights to see and more, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in Hyde Park.
Great sights to see in the local area
Hyde Park and the pristine Serpentine Lake are not the only outstanding attractions for visitors to this busy and bustling part of the English capital, with lots of sights to see and attractions to explore for anyone planning a visit. Indeed, some of the locale’s standout places to visit include:
- Royal Albert Hall (0.4 miles, nine minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
- Natural History Museum (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
- Harrods (0.3 miles, seven minutes)
- Buckingham Palace (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
- Selfridges (0.3 miles, four minutes)
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (one mile, 14 minutes)
- Madame Tussauds London (one mile, 15 minutes)
- The Sherlock Holmes Museum (one mile, 18 minutes)
- Little Venice (1.1 miles, 20 minutes)
- Electric Cinema (1.8 miles, 23 minutes)
- The Regent’s Park (1.1 miles, 14 minutes)
- Kyoto Garden (1.5 miles, 21 minutes)
- Design Museum (1.2 miles, 27 minutes)
- Cadogan Hall (0.7 miles, 16 minutes)
- Saatchi Gallery (0.9 miles, 19 minutes)
- Apollo Victoria Theatre (0.8 miles, 15 minutes)
- Westminster Cathedral (0.9 miles, 18 minutes)
- Lord’s Cricket Ground (1.8 miles, 20 minutes)
Underground travel to Hyde Park
For all those hoping to enjoy a relaxing day on the Serpentine, it’s important they reach their destination with as little stress as possible. Well, visitors to this vibrant are in luck, as the extensive London Underground network (known locally as the Tube) offers swift and easy access to many areas.
Nearby Tube stations for all travellers to Hyde Park include:
- Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District lines)
- Queensway Station (Central line)
- Marble Arch Station (Central line)
- Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
- Knightsbridge Station (Piccadilly line)
- South Kensington Station (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines)
In addition, visitors to the area can make use of overground rail services from nearby Paddington Station. There are also regular bus services that operate throughout the night and day to ensure there is always an option for travellers planning journeys to the area.
Full details of all public transport options for visitors to Hyde Park can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London. Here, guests can find details for all local Underground station opening times, as well as service timetables and information on potential line closures or delays.
Driving to Hyde Park
Finally, London visitors may be tempted to hire a car and take to the roads during their stay, and the area surrounding Hyde Park is among the best-served in London for secure and affordable places to leave one’s vehicle.
An array of nearby parking options can be found here, such as:
- Q-Park Queensway (0.8 miles, 16 minutes’ travel time on foot)
- NCP Car Park London Park Towers Hotel (approx. 400 ft, two minutes)
- Indigo Mayfair Car Park (0.1 miles, two minutes)
- Q-Park Knightsbridge (0.3 miles, seven minutes)
- Q-Park Park Lane (0.1 miles, three minutes)
- Q-Park Burlington Street (0.9 miles, 18 minutes)
- Q-Park Oxford Street (0.9 miles, 18 minutes)
- Q-Park Marylebone (0.8 miles, 18 minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Arthur Court (1.2 miles, 24 minutes)
However, individuals planning to drive during their time in the English capital are reminded that traffic volumes can be dense throughout the day in central London, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours.
It is therefore advised for people to avoid travelling at these times, while planning journeys in advance and pre-booking parking when possible is also recommended.