Hyde Park a green area in the heart of London

By Renato
Hyde Park
149 Piccadilly, London - London (Inglaterra) (W1J 7NT)
Hyde Park

Hyde Park is an incredible park in the middle of London between some of the city’s top sights such as Buckingham Palace, Harrods Shop, Natural History Museum and Paddington Station. The park has about 2.5 km² of area and is crossed by the Sinuous lake (Serpentine). Originally, the area was owned by the monks of Westminster Abbey but was acquired in 1536 by the English King Henry VIII. The Park was initially used for hunting and only in 1637, it was open to the general public. Hyde Park was once used for people trying to flee the Black Death in 1665, already the official center for national celebrations and many protests after the government released the protests at specific locations in the park. The most famous place for this purpose was known as the Speaker’s Corner. The park has a great structure of restaurants, bars, art gallery, cafes, restrooms and a large green part where it is possible to see many families doing Pique nique on the hottest days. In these days it is also possible to find chairs and lounger (rent for a fee) to rest and enjoy the beautiful look that Lake Serpentine offers. Walking through the park is visiting an open-air museum, many statues, water fountains, gardens, sculptures and huge works are scattered throughout the park. The natural part of the park is also stunning. Huge flowers, flowers on all sides, ducks, swans, birds and squirrels that are accustomed to the presence of humans and do not hesitate to get close or even climb the banks to get seeds, peanuts or other small food that tourists offer to animas (even with signs of forbidden to feed the animals).

What will you see in Hyde Park?

Hyde Park is a park for you to spend hours resting or just to have a quick snack enjoying the sun and nature. There are a lot of activities you can do, ride a pedal boat, go cart, have coffee, visit the museum and if you are lucky, you can see shows. In December, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland takes place, which is a beautiful Christmas event. The park has many events throughout the year. Before visiting the park, you can check all the events in the site.

The Serpentine Pedals

You can rent a pedal boat and enjoy the beauties of the park from inside the Lake. The pedal boats are large and can hold up to 6 people.

Hours of Operation

Boat trips on the Serpentine are open from April until October 31.
The hours are from 10am to sunset.

Prices (March / 2018)
Adults – £ 12 for 1 hour or £ 10 for 30 minutes.
Child (under 15 years) – £ 5 for 1 hour or £ 4 for 30 minutes.
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £ 29 for 1 hour or £ 24 for 30 minutes.

These values ​​are from March 2018, for more details visit the website.

The Corner of the Speaker

The Speakers’ Corner (The Speaker’s Corner) is located on the north-eastern edge of Hyde Park, near Marble Arch and Oxford Street. It is a traditional venue for public speeches and debates since the mid-1800s, when protests and demonstrations took place in Hyde Park. Historical figures like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell used to use the area to demonstrate freedom of expression. In 1872, an act of parliament made this part of Hyde Park an area for public speaking. Even today, on a Sunday morning, it is not uncommon to find crowds congregating in the Speakers Corner to hear the enthusiasts expounding their views. Anyone can appear without warning to talk about any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches licit.

The Rose Garden

The Garden was designed by Colvin and Moggridge Landscape Architects and was opened in 1994 with a designer full of curves and based on the concept of horns always full of roses and flowers. In addition to lots of pink (of all colors) you can also see some herbs and other plants creating beds rich in flowers and strong aromas. The best time to see the roses is in early summer, although they continue to bloom until the first frosts. Flower beds are planted twice a year, with spring and summer views, but no matter what time of year you visit, there will always be something to see.

Still Water, the head of Horse in London

Still Water is a beautiful and imposing 10 meter high bronze sculpture (33 feet) produced by sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green in 2011 and located on Marble Arch Square near the start of Oxford Street in one of the entrances of Hyde Park in London.

The Marble Arch

Marble Arch is an imposing marble arch designed by John Nash in 1827 to be the entrance to Buckingham Palace. In 1851 it was relocated and after the expansion of Park Lane in the early 1960s was placed where it is now located at the entrance of Hyde Park near Oxford Street.

Joy of Life Fountain, the Fountain of Joy of Life

The Joy of Life Fountain is a set of bronze sculptures, consisting of a couple holding hands dancing on the water and 4 children dancing around. The source was designed by TB Huxley-Jones in 1963, when Park Lane was expanded. He was donated by the Constance Fund to replace the Boy and Dolphin Fountain, which was previously in this location.

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