Picturesque, with a backdrop of iconic Kensington Hotels, London townhouses, and boutique stores and businesses, Hyde Park is a central point which connects London’s most expensive areas with popular family attractions and high streets.
A stone’s throw from Oxford Street, Regents Street, Mayfair and Westminster, Hyde Park marks an ideal location from which to explore all central London has to offer – with the plethora of hotels and places to stay around the outskirts of the park ensuring there is something for every budget.
But with so much to do around the outside of Hyde Park, visitors can often overlook the park itself as a core attraction to enjoy.
Which is why we’ve created this short guide to the perfect day in Hyde Park – covering all there is to see and do within the boundary of the vast green space.
Visit Speaker’s Corner
If you head into Hyde Park from the north eastern entrance, right next to Marble Arch and a short walk from the Park Grand London hotels, you will come across Speaker’s Corner. A notable piece of London’s history, this area of the park has played host to speakers from all over the world, sharing opinions and views which span a multitude of causes.
You never know what might be occurring around Speaker’s Corner when you visit, making it an immersive and memorable experience.
Hire a pedalo on the Serpentine
The Serpentine lake cuts through the middle of Hyde Park and offers a great place to swim, to relax in the summer, and to experience from your own pedalo or row boat in nice weather. Head to the pedalo hire centre on the edge of the lake for a great date experience or a fun day out activity with your family.
Explore the footpaths
With so many memorials, fountains, play areas, and exquisite gardens dotted throughout Hyde Park, it follows that simply exploring the park on foot or by bike can be a great way to while away an afternoon.
Heading past the Park Grand London Heathrow, deep into the heart of Hyde Park, visitors should keep their eyes open for:
- The famous circular rose garden
- The Serpentine Gallery
- Princess Diana memorial fountain
- Cafes and eateries
- Princess Diana memorial gardens
Head over to Kensington Gardens
Finally, if you head as far west as you can in Hyde Park, you will eventually come across the border with Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace beyond. Overlooked by the Park Grand Kensington London, these gardens are among some of the most impressive in the whole of London and play host to both expansive green spaces and immersive playgrounds and play areas, as well as manicured flower beds and well kept fountains.
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is much more than just a green space in which to exercise and walk the dog or let off some steam at the end of a long day. It’s a well preserved piece of London’s history which has modernised alongside the city, and which bridges the city as it is today with experiences and attractions that have been around for decades and more.