Hyde Park, how not to fall in love with it. With its 142 hectares, Hyde Park is also one of London's eight royal parks, as well as being one of the most famous "green areas" in the world. The beating heart of the life of Londoners, who gather here on sunny days (more or less) to relax, play sports and attend cultural and musical events, Hyde Park is not only one of the green lungs of the city, but one of the most important places of interest in all of London.
Former "royal" property, today it houses historical monuments such as the one dedicated to Lady Diana, Triumphal Arches and even a lake, the so-called "Serpentine Lake". Are you ready to venture into this beautiful park? Here are some tips that will be right for you.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- What to see and how to visit London's Hyde Park
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
Hyde Park is centrally located (it is adjacent to Kensington Gardens) and is very easy to reach, both by public transport and on foot. The area is in fact served by numerous buses as well as by several underground stops.
- On foot: starting from King's Cross proceed on Euston Road, continue to Regent's Park and, just before the Wax Museum, turn left on Thayer Street. Upon reaching Bond Street Station go right onto A40 - Get Directions
- By bus: North (C2, 6, 7, 10, 16, 19, 23, 36, 52, 73, 82, 98, 113, 274, 390, 414), West (9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 94, 148, 414), South (2, 36, 137, 148, 159, 436), East (8,15, 23, 30, 38,274)
- By metro: nearby tube stations are Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch and Queensway (served by the Central Line); Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge (served by the Piccadilly Line)
Hours and prices
Hyde Park is open every day of the year and there is no need to pay an entrance ticket. However, if you intend to take advantage of the activities within the area it is advisable to bring some cash. Restaurants, rental and commercial activities are in fact subject to charges.
- every day from 05: 00 to 00: 00
- Ticket: free
- Any other business: the services inside the park are subject to charges
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
What to see and how to visit London's Hyde Park
With its 142 hectares and over 4 trees, Hyde Park is among the largest city parks in the world, as well as the largest of all the English capital.
Located practically in the heart of London, Hyde Park has indeed become a point of reference for both tourists and locals, who prefer it to other green areas of the city for the wide range of possibilities offered. Inside the park, not only is it possible to stroll and relax in the shade of towering trees, but you can also practice a variety of sporting activities: from running to cycling, from skating to tennis. Furthermore, you can go horseback riding thanks to the presence of a special area dedicated to horses, or take a nice boat ride in the central lake.
To access the park, there are numerous entrances but we suggest you go through the Grand Entrance: it is the most spectacular entrance with a row of fluted Ionic columns and large vaulted passages through which even the carriages pass. Once you cross the entrance, you can freely walk around the park, but remember not to miss its main attractions:
Certainly the most interesting corner of the whole park, the Speakers' Corner is located in the north-east. Especially during the weekends it is a very popular spot for those who want to share their opinions with the rest of the world: the most talkative speakers of the capital all meet here!
Serpentine lake and bridge
The Serpentine Lake cuts Hyde Park in half with its 11 hectare reservoir. Made at the behest of Queen Carolina (consort of King George II), in 1814 the lake it hosted one of the most heartfelt representations of the naval battle of Trafalgar who had seen the English fleet emerge victorious over the French and Spanish enemies. Today is the ideal place for a nice boat trip and can be admired in all its beauty from the Serpentine Bridge of the same name.
Fountain of Lady Diana
Inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth in 2004, south of Rotten Row, Lady Diana's Fountain is dedicated to Lady D, the first consort of Prince Charles, who died in July 1997 following a tragic road accident. The work, made of stone, also testifies to the love that Lady Diana had for children and the weakest.
Inside Hyde Park, it's possible come across numerous thematic gardens dedicated to seasonal plants and flowers. One of the most beautiful is the Rose Garden, whose flowering reaches its peak towards the end of spring in London.
Monument to the victims of the Holocaust
In addition to the Fountain of Lady Diana, the other large monument in the park is the Monument to the victims of the Holocaust, consisting of a series of boulders with inscriptions. It is the oldest English memorial dedicated to this historical tragedy, inaugurated in the late 80s.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Move calmly: Hyde Park is open all day, so with the times you can take it very easy. Furthermore, visiting it calmly you will not risk getting lost.
- Buy card: there is a very special card, called Hyde Park City Card, which you can use within the park's catering activities.
- Bring a map: Hyde Park is so extensive that you could almost get lost. For this reason it is advisable to keep a map of the park at hand. to view the map
- Attention to services: Inside Hyde Park there are various activities, including restaurants, boat rentals and commercial activities, but obviously they are all for a fee.
- Visit Hyde Park in the summer: The ideal time to visit Hyde Park is undoubtedly summer. In fact, during this period you can also swim in the lake inside the park and sunbathe in complete relaxation.
- Check the events: Hyde Park is often home to major musical and cultural events. In some periods you may find a bit of "crowds", so it is always best to check first.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The history of Hyde Park is very old. Although the park it was made public "only" in 1637 by Charles I, its origin dates back about a century earlier, when Henry VIII transformed this possession, originally of the religious of Westminster Abbey, into a hunting reserve.
Inside the park you will find Rotten Row, one of the first "roads" suitable for the passage of carriages and ever the first English street lit up at night, thanks to three hundred lampposts, commissioned by William III in 1689 when he moved from Nottingham House to Kensington Palace.
Inside Hyde Park there is a police station, bars, playgrounds, commercial activities. During the summer months, chairs and umbrellas are also provided, as well as the possibility of swimming from the piers and renting boats.