Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Soothing beauty of natural landscapes, delicate fountains, grand monuments and flower beds of this royal park attract thousands of tourists! Hyde Park is an incredible place that resembles London in character; here the old good times are mixed with contemporary life, its achievements and problems. The name is believed to be of Saxon origin, and means a unit of land, the hide. In the 16th-18th centuries, the place was turned into a hunting ground and later a venue for duels, executions and horse racing. In the 19th century Queen Victoria made radical changes to hold the first Great Exhibition.

Behind the principal entrance to the park you will see Apsley House that now houses Wellington Museum. The entire space of Hyde Park is about multiple fountains, bright flower beds, beautiful ponds and lakes. You will never get tired of watching swans and geese swimming in the shade of age-old trees! These days, there's boating on the Serpentine, the pond that attracts fishermen as well. In close proximity (also called Serpentine) there is the art gallery with a collection of paintings of contemporary art. South of the Serpentine is the Princess Diana Memorial, performed as a fountain-stream. To the east of the Serpentine, just beyond the dam, is London's Holocaust Memorial and Memorial 7/7 that commemorates the victims of 7 July 2005 London bombings. The brave and talented will enjoy the (Speaker's Corner, on Sundays you will be able to listen to especially active citizens. A little further, close to the tube station, take a look at the very interesting architectural highlights: the bronze statue of Mongolian soldier, statue - the horse's head and grand Marble Arch. Originally this tremendous structure designed by John Nash served as the major entrance to the park. Opposite the north side of the park one can see an unremarkable building - Tyburn Convent named after catholic martyrs executed in a village with the same name.

This is how diverse the royal park! London citizens spend their free time there and go on picnics. For active leisure time visitors of the park can skate, play tennis, badminton or boiling. There is the riding school on the territory. In the open air you might feel hunger very quickly: there are numerous restaurants, cafes and bars in the park and close to the tube station, the menu and prices are diverse. In the south wing of the park there is the famous 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London, its cosy rooms offer beautiful views to the park and Knightsbridge, a residential and retail district, and the top restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers meals from the English menu of the 16th century.

Address: Rangers Lodge
How to reach: tube Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge; bus to the north sector 6, 7, 10, 16, 19, 23, 36, 52, 73, 82, 98, 113, 274, 390, 414, C2, for south sector 2, 36, 137, 148, 159, 436, for west sector 9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 94, 148, 414, for east sector 8, 15, 23, 30, 38, 274.
Coordinates: 51.50859, -0.16518