This has always been one of my favorite places in the city. I send everyone I know coming to visit in Spring/Summer to tour the park. I myself am a runner so I make my way there for a long run many times throughout the year when most wouldn't venture around much. That is how I would recommend exploring the park- in a well fit pair of slightly worn running shoes. My second favorite way to explore is by bike. The large park makes it perfect for biking.
It is also a great place for walking your pets and having a barbecue. On occasion they put on some concerts and sports competitions, from what I understand. Volunteer opportunities exist and they have several conservation efforts underway.
One of my favorite aspects of this park is the lake (Serpentine) on which you can boat or swim. There is the Serpentine bar & Kitchen that serves hot food and snacks for after you work up an appetite. I prefer it over the Lido, since it has such a variety of foods/drinks available. The Lido is also a very nice option.
There is a tennis and sports center that I have yet to explore as well.
The size and the scope of the park transport you outside of the city and leave you feeling awed by nature. Whenever nature calls to you or you get beaten down by city life- Hyde park will renovate you, making the hustle and bustle bearable again.
One cannot come to London and not spend some time at Hyde Park! It is huuuuge and one of the gems of the city. Great place for picnic on a sunny day!
Only one thing: not enough toilets for ladies...
This is one of the jewels of the city and if you are visiting sunny London, fortunately you couldn't avoid it even if you wanted to!
Hyde Park is acres upon acres of moist grassy greens, fragrant flower gardens, majestic statues, ponds with swan, whispering trees, silly bounding hounds, joggers in their zone, pram pushing mummies and lovey couples laying in the grass chilling out. There are children's playgrounds within the park, fountains, cycling, and row boat rentals. If you go really early, the youth swim team braves the freezing water at the pond at the divide in the park for it's morning swim as it's been doing for over 100 years.
Go there: play...lay around....buy an icecream....smell the flowers....walk your dog or pet someone else's....admire the statues and inhale the history of the magical place which will hit the "reset button" in your soul. Forget London, this is TRUE England.
One of those places that provide a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. We stayed near here in a rented apartment (City Marquee has apartments near Hyde Park that I would highly recommend) and walked through the park on the evening of our arrival. Even though it was dusk to dark (7pm-9ish) there were plenty of bikers, and people going for an evening jog. It felt like a safe park, obviously closer to Kensington Palace you would pass the occasional security guard, but of course be mindful if you are walking here alone at night.
This is a lovely park in the daytime as well and great for a leisurely stroll, nice jog, relaxing picnic, place to bring the kids (lots to do), and lovely way to spend an afternoon that doesn't involve standing in line and being a tourist! Plan to walk your way through London and use Hyde Park as a shortcut between different parts of the city, it's good exercise and the walk will justify all those British pints!
Had a nice relaxing walk around the park to get to my Hotel while I was on Holiday and enjoyed it very much. I wasn't able to go around the whole park because of how enormous it was though. Basically this park was the beginning of my vacation in London and brought a great impression of how lovely London is. So many different activities going on here. The wind blowing leaves around made it feel as if I was in a movie! Not to mention , I did not see any homeless people around! If you want to get away for a while , I'd recommend coming here to relax your mind and body!
A lovely park to spend an afternoon... a sunny afternoon that is! The park is huge, you can go back time and time again and still find new areas to explore. The Serpentine lake in the middle is beautiful and it's always nice to take out a paddle boat or row boat to spend some time out on the water. There are some great picnic spots around the park for those hot days and nice restaurant areas too. The park is centrally located so you can walk to check out the surrounding sites of London too.
You've got to check out Hyde Park if you're in London. The park itself is massive and the foliage is stunning. I thoroughly enjoyed my stroll trough the park. What really made it 5 stars is all of the dogs running around. People just let their dogs roam free, and it brought a smile to my face to see how much fun they were having. Ah, the days of running around with no responsibilities. Growing up is such sweet sorrow.
I had to stop by Hyde Park Corner to immerse myself in the history of it all. The great writers before our time graced this space with their presence, and I couldn't leave London without at least checking this park out.
I didn't get to walk through the entire park, but I did get to walk along the Serpentine and check out the corner. It really is a beautiful park without the smell, the trash, or the rude people. It completely beats LA parks hands down!
I love that this park is located in the middle of such a bustling, rural part of London. It's almost like Central Park where working professionals can come out for a break and bask in the wonder that is nature. I'm so envious of those who live or work around these parts!
It's too bad that I live in LA because if I lived in London, I would love to come out to Hyde Park and exercise every other day (being realistic here by not saying everyday!). Londoners - please take advantage of all that this park has to offer! Get a sandwich from Pret a Manger across the street, spread out a blanket, and people watch on a lazy afternoon. This place is perfect for that.
I miss you so much Hyde Park. I will visit you soon! :)
This park is so huge, I haven't managed to walk around the whole thing yet, but it's such a nice one to visit. It doesn't have a lot of flowers or decorative art compared to some other parks, but there is plenty of green space and many trees, squirrels, and birds. I checked out the rose garden in the spring, which would have been nice if it weren't for all the bees. But if you're not afraid of bees like I am, I recommend visiting that area.
My favorite part is the Serpentine, the lake. It's so beautiful, even in winter without leaves on the trees. There's an abundance of geese to feed. And there are benches all over the park to sit on and picnic, read, or just chill.
I love how much park space London has!
Travelers' Hint: if you can run or jog, that's how you need to tour Hyde Park. While it's not as large as Central Park, it's still quite large and throwing on a pair of sneakers and jogging with a travel companion and a lightweight camera is the best way to do it.
My husband and I started off at Charing Cross, ran down through Whitehall, hung a right at Parliment, through St. James' Park, caught the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, kept going through Green Park, under Wellington's Arch, into Hyde Park, around the Serpentine, through Kensington Gardens, past the Italian Gardens, past Speaker's Corner, down Park Lane, down Picadilly, then Pall Mall and finishing at Trafalgar Square. Bam. Enough calories burnt to make up for a few pints of ale and you get a much better idea of the city's layout by navigating on foot.
The park is beautiful in June, the gardens were overflowing with wisteria on arbors. I was surprised that Kensington Gardens looked like it needed a mow while Hyde Park was immaculate- we were there right before the Olympics so I guess they were waiting before trimming everything up. Running alongside Olympians shaking it out prior to the games was very cool too.
Bring a few pounds for snacks from vendors or the Lido Cafe on the Serpentine and don't forget that camera. My husband was excited for Speaker's Corner, but there was no one there on a Thursday morning so he stood in the middle and pontificated on the need for all civilized nations to invest in giant transformers style robots.
That is a true story.
What can be said about Hyde and Kensington park that's not already said hundreds of times?
I live a 10 min walk from Kensington park and have a habit of walking from the Notting Hill end to the Marble Arch end, cross crossing down to the Royal Albert Hall - or sometimes just walking down Kensington for a Snog near the Natural History Museum.
I love this park! I love that it's so huge that I can walk for hours, criss crossing from one end to the other. I love that it has so many hidden gems like the skating area, Serpentine gallery and the Lido with cafe and all. I love that the park isn't all neat, but has areas with knee high grass.
My favourite places are the lake in Kensington park, afternoon tea at Kensington palace, the Serpentine, the lido during summer, the Lido cafe.. I really love it here :-)
A nice park to walk through or just relax in...I love places like these in a big city. There are several spots to explore and it's a guarantee that everyone will find their own special favorite spot in this great park.
This is a very pool park that I had the chance to stay near and venture into a few times when I was walking around to get to different buses and tube entrances. I enjoyed it quite a bit since the park is nice, well groomed, and well used by the locals.
Although I was only there for a few days, they had a race there and some other tented event! I guess this is like a Central Park almost of London but IMO much bigger.
I love that this place has the all year round weather so you do see the leaves turn yellow and fall off the trees creating that beautiful fall weathered look. Lovely park and extremely green!
For my fellow Yanks think Central Park in NYC, or Stanley Park in Vancouver BC, an urban park with animals, water, running paths and stuff to see.
They do have better memorials, statues, and water features than us Americans so bring a camera, and if you are going to be touristy and see the landmarks of London go through the park so and see some greenery because there are a number of landmarks nearby. Be aware of runners and bikers trying to get their fitness in though.
I have being here several times over the years, it was lovely during a regular fall day, it was a nice break during the Olympics and even though they had events in the park it was still peaceful when they weren't competing and they do have the Winter Wonderland here too.
Hyde Park was the very first resting place for myself and my travel buddy upon arriving in London, after we attempted to check into our hotel and told we had a 3 hour wait before being able to get into our room; we dropped our luggage off, stopped at a convenience store to buy some cider and pretzels and we were off to the park to waste some time.
We were quite exhausted from our red eye plane trip as well as the time difference, so we didn't get to walk around the entire park, which to do in even one day would be near impossible due to its enormous size.
After finding a comfortable spot in the shade under a tree, we laid down on a blanket and took a nice long nap!
Hyde Park is beautiful and massive. It's a great place for people watching and also for running or walking. There of course are all sorts of concerts and festivals that are held here each year and if I ever get back to London, you bet your bum that I'll be visiting the park again!
I absolutely fell in love with this park while I was visiting London. It is huge! I was in town for a total of 5 days and I was in this park 3 times. That is how much I loved everything about it. I loved seeing all of the statues, memorials, the lake, Princess Diana's Memorial Fountain, all of the people having picnic's or just having a moment to themselves in the park.
I was quite content just having rest and enjoying my surroundings and could have sat there for hours. My favorite park to date.
One of the best things about London has to be its many and varied parks, giving the capital vital green lungs. About the best known is Hyde Park though technically only the eastern part of this green area is Hyde Park with Kensington Gardens making up the western portion.
The park comes to life in the summer with the green areas and pathways being shared by picnickers, footballers, rollerbladers, riders and people out to make the most of the rare UK sunshine.
The Serpentine is the main body of water, which was created by Queen Caroline in the 18th century and you can hire boats to paddle. If you're brave enough, there's the Serpentine swimming club who go for a dip on New Year's Day!
There are various eating options around the park as well as vendors
Speakers' Corner is always good for a laugh, listening to the various arguments and heated debates going on.
A more poignant area is the July 7 memorial in memory of those who died in the bombings.
A big plus for London
Not as good as mine............ Not even close.
I've got the President to back me up on that too!
Ew. Of all of the amazing descriptions I've read about Hyde Park, I'd have to say that calling it the "large green lung in the centre of London" doesn't do it much justice.
What does do it justice, you dare ask?
The abundance of joggers, lovers, rollerbladers, squirrel chasers, sword fighters, nappers, horseback riders, wine drinkers, footballers, sunbathers, board game players, freedom fighters, soap boxers, concert goers, bike riders, poem readers, and tree climbers that descend upon the park on a daily basis.
I personally find perfection in Hyde Park via a warm fall afternoon picnic of white wine, cheese and crackers and an American football.
This review will be mainly based on Hyde Park as a gig venue but let's not forget it is a pretty amazing park in it's own right, great for walking, jogging, swimming and picnicking as many others have mentioned.
I have seen two gigs here over the past couple of years - Blur and Kings of Leon, both were fantastic. I love an outside performance and Hyde Park does it particularly well. It's well organised and kept pretty clean and tidy, as much as possible with so many plastic cups floating around.
On neither occasion have I had to wait long to get in. In fact, on the last visit we were positively encouraged not to queue but to fill every available gap - a very strange concept for us Brits!
There are numerous bars that are exceptionally well staffed meaning you don't have to wait long for your pint. There are lots of food stands but I haven't tried these to date.
My only complaint would be the toilet facilities - endless, poorly defined queues that mean you end up wasting a lot of time that could be better spent watching the bands. Apparently not a problem for the boys who seem to think it is perfectly acceptable to wee where they are standing (!) but please, provide more loos for the ladies.
It's pretty easy to get out and it's much quicker to walk back to Victoria than to try and get the tube.
Sort out the toilet issue and it's an easy 5 stars.
Okay, London, I get it. You have an overabundance of huge, beautiful parks and I, as a Los Angeles native, am insanely jealous. Not jealous enough that I'm about to pay for your cost of living, perhaps, but jealous.
I've been to Hyde Park a couple of times, and it's a splendid place, rife with greenery and lakes and all the gorgeous things you could want in a park. It's also gigantic, and if you feel so inclined, you can rent bikes to ride across it. I have opted for going about on foot, and strolling through Hyde Park is a pleasure matched only by strolling through the other amazing parks in London. I've spent time watching people and geese and taking in more fresh air than my body is used to.
I'm going on the record to say that of the few parks I've visited in London, Regents is my favorite, but who am I kidding? I love them all, and I would do wicked things to have Hyde Park in my neighborhood.
I love love LOVE Hyde Park. It's the perfect London park - with a simple twisting road that cuts through it, perfect for cycling or rollerblading or jogging (as if) or just walking and taking in the green grass and leafy trees. Or just sit near the side of the lake and watch the boaters and swans. Or wander over to the Diana Memorial fountain and take int he kiddies running and splashing and having a grand time. Or go over to the Serpentine Gallery and take in some art. Or just find a quiet shady spot for a picnic, followed by a nap.
There are a couple of Boris bike stands here and there and the park is surrounded by Tube stations, so you can get in and get out easily.
My favorite park in the city!
IT'S OFFICAL, I'M GETTING OLD.
The reason I say this is I have been to the BBC Radio 2 festival, which was hosted here at Hyde Park. What a setting, sun beaming down, beer flowing, and headbanging to 'Rocking All Over The World' by Status Quo, what more could a man want?
So if you want to chill in the sun with a picnic, or find a bit of shade under a tree, book up gig, go for a scenic run (no chance) it's all here, a great setting for all, so take a look.
I probably should not admit this but when I was in London with my son I was staying in Belgravia and we would wake up at some ungodly hour and my son was hungry and nothing was open so we would trek across Hyde Park to Park Lane at about 5am and head to Mickey D's which takes about 20 minutes at a very brisk walk.
Hey...it was cheap and he was happy with the pancakes and it was open.
It's a beautiful park especially as the sun rises. The first time we got up so early the park was locked up and we waited for them to unlock the gates.
A real gem in the heart of London. If you want activity, there is plenty to be found. Plenty of spaces to run, play, workout, horseback ride, exercise your dog....all within minutes of the nearest Tube station.
If you want to relax with a quiet stroll or a sit on a bench, there's that too. Clean and safe, this is a true urban oasis, similar to Central Park in NYC. The interesting thing about Hyde Park is that portions of it are much less sculpted than parts of Central Park, so you get a more rustic feel in certain areas of the part.
Escape from the madness and the hustle and bustle of London by stepping into this amazing and beautiful space.
One of the best places to be in London during the Summer and the sunshine as there is so much to see, do and enjoy.
London has many a beautiful park and green space but Hyde Park has to be the best particularly due to its size, it's huge though as Yee says it does merge into Kensington Gardens too.
Whether you're after a celeb spot - Madonna, American Presidents and numerous football teams go for a run here when in town - many a fitness pursuit or activity or a place to chill out, this is a fantastic place for it. There's also the Serpentine where you can hire boats or pedaloes to negotiate in the water or for those that are brave enough you can go for a dip here too. This is where the Triathlon and Open Water races in the Olympics where recently held.
Hyde Park is also a great location to see a gig, I saw Blur & other great acts perform here at the Olympics Closing Ceremony Concert and it was brilliant. The layout and organisation - except for the ridiculous queues at the alcohol tents - were great and the toilet facilities were amazing! Similarly the big screens that were up during the Olympics and will be for the Paralympics created a fantastic and inclusive atmosphere, the only downside is the painful woodchip, though I can see why it's necessary!
The Memorial to those who were killed during the 7/7 terrorist attacks is really poignant and moving perhaps because it is so simple. It is worth a visit to pay your respects.
Throw in the fact that Hyde Park is close to a few tube stations and numerous bus stops, it's pretty awesome for Londoners and tourists alike!
A nice place for a picnic. Great people watching, green as far as the eye can see, and a fine assortment of fauna on the Serpentine. Lovely.
The guy who goes around stacking up the extra chairs so that no one can sit in them without paying sure knows how to jar you out of your relaxation, though.
I loved Hyde Park. It is quite large (in some aspects it reminded me of Central Park), busy, but just enough to make you feel in company ,yet, not crowded, and a great place to just sit back and relax. I set in the Rose Garden and took the whole experience in for a bit, then off to walk some more all the way across town :-)
This has to be London's premiere park. It is gargantuan in size. There are some stunning landmarks, and standing at 350acres it is the largest green space in London.
The Serpentine River runs through the park and attracts a wonderful array of wildfowl. There are also a diverse range of insects for enthusiasts. For those interested the large insect population that accompanies any river means there are many bats. The bats can be best viewed from the Dell Bridge at dusk.
Sport and activity are a big part of Hyde Park's character. All year round there are people getting involved in the different activities be it for fitness or social endeavours.
Hyde Park is a beautiful London landmark. In the summer it is a place alive with revellers enjoying the all too infrequent hot British day.
While any reputable metropolitan has a respectable parks system, Hyde Park seems to be a cut above the rest, simply a gorgeous gorgeous park. The Serpentine river cuts through it providing a wonder water feature and scenic vista. Marble arches, areas for horse riders, and meadows galore span the park.
I used to go running through here, played American football, and even heard an outdoors Bon Jovi concert (granted I was on the wrong side of the barrier and was peering in through the cracks). Make it a point to check out Speaker's Corner; it should be on your checklist of 'things to see in London'. The Corner will get crowded and the speakers will be heckled mercilessly, but you'll get to hear interesting, crazy things.
Quite pretty and a fantastic place to go for a run or walk in such a big city. It can be a bit crowded in the mornings and a little tricky to run, but worth checking out!
I love parks and really love this place. When your dollar takes a beating with the exchange rate into pounds, it's nice to have something nice like this that doesn't cost money.
It makes me a little sad that Chicago has so many diamonds in the rough like Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, and Douglas Park that could be as great as this park with a little TLC.
In any case, this place is amazing and beautiful.
I came to Hyde Park to watch the Olympics on Friday 10th August, there was also a free concert in the evening.
Overall I was really impressed with the organisation and the selection of stands and things to do. There were several big screens showing the varying Olympic events, numerous food vendors, several large bar tents and plenty going on to keep kids occupied.
The toilets were the best temporary toilets I've seen for a while, much better than the usual grotty cubicles.
All the stewards were helpful and not overbearing at all.
Only slight drawback was the wood chippings weren't too comfy to sit on but I understand this was to avoid muddiness if it rained so a small price to pay!
The sound for the live gig (Temper Trap, Ocean Colour Scene & Feeder) was really good and the lighting/visuals really added to the great atmosphere.
All in all a brilliant day, pats on backs to all involved!
I gotta admit. Hyde Park is pretty great - especially when the girls of summer are out, there are lots of hot women there. It's great, if I really wanted too - I could strike up conversation and get dismissed by hundreds of hot women from all around the world.
Despite noticing mainly the women on a hot day, I think there is some grass there too and a few trees, not that I really look out for that stuff. You do also get the ocassional dribbling, stumbing, confused drunk guy who asks you "do you have the time?" - and your reply of "yeah, it's 2.15" is responded too with "Thanks, do you have £5?"
But yeah, it's a great park. And it's a great place for gigs. Well it's great if you're in the gig; because you get to see Springsteen on a stage singing 'Badlands' - but if you're outside the gig, then you just see big green boards everywhere and when you try to make your way to the station someone in a flourescent coat says 'Sorry, you have to walk the other way'. This wouldn't be so bad if the guy didn't have such a gleeful look on his face.
Hyde Park in the summer is a lot of fun in my opinion. When I was living in London we did so many different things here! I think it's a great place for everything from jogging, roller blading, walking the dog, biking, whatever you can think of. It is a huge place with so much space for just about everything. It's a place for tourists and Londoners alike.
One of my fondest memories was seeing a Jay-Z concert here. Well, technically we just sat outside the concert walls, jammed to his music, drank some beers and cider, had a picnic, and just chilled. It was really just a great time of bonding and friendship. And we met a lot of fun people doing the same thing around us.
Finding a spot to sit was one of the most interesting parts as walking around you have to be careful not to get run over by cyclists or rollerbladers. There is a specific walkway etiquette that you must follow and you will get hollered at. I was apparently not aware of this and got yelled at several times but I learned about it eventually-- sort of.
Also they have this very cool soap-box engagement (Monday's maybe?) that they have where you can have a conversation about whatever that comes to your mind. It draws quite a crowd and it is very interesting to hear everyone's opinion on so many different issues.
Hyde Park is quite the attraction and a great place for everyone to stop by and visit.
In my very short trip to London, I made my mission to see this park after doing research on the Royal Parks. This one caught my eye because of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
It was so peaceful, even with the throngs of people. So green and lush. I forgot that I was in the middle of a bustling city: it is that large.
There's various places to get refreshments (I'm talking actual food places with tables and chairs), activities (horseback riding, boating on the Serpentine, swimming, tennis), gardens, and concerts are held here as well. Speakers' Corner is famous, so go there to hear people rant about, well, everything.
I hope to make it back to London and see this park again, as well as check out the other Royal Parks.
Wonderful park. What's there to really describe besides that it is huge, you can find a spot where you won't see any buildings, the Serpentine is awesome (it's a lake), and there are plenty of people for you to people watch.
It's Central Park, but the people speak in a British accent. Wonderful!
Not everyday is a nice sunny day in London, But when it is it's full of folks soaking up the rays. Love to see the swans and walk through the park enjoying nature.
Now where else would you spend your one day of summer... but at Hyde Park!
The only thing missing is a giant bouncy slide! ha ha. But you'll find lakes, plenty of grass area. Perfect for a picnic and wine!
And right in the middle of London!
LOVE HYDE PARK!
It's so very green! Huge open spaces to run around! Lounge chairs you can sit on and read at! It's just a great place to relax and have a picnic lunch!
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