Hyde Park, London

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    Hyde Park

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 3, 2014

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    Hyde Park is one of eight roal parks in the city of London.

    In the park the following attractions are located:
    -Speakers'€™ Corner
    -Serpentine Lake
    -The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain

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    The Serpentine - Hyde Park

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 2, 2014

    The Serpentine is a lake in Hyde Park created n 1730 at the behest of Queen Caroline.
    The adjacent part West of the bridge and located in Kensington Park is called the Long Water.

    Queen Caroline, wife of George II, ordered the damming of the River Westbourne in Hyde Park as part of a general redevelopment of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The redevelopment was carried out by Royal Gardener Charles Bridgeman.

    Since 1864, the Serpentine has hosted a 100-yard swimming competition every Christmas morning at 9AM, later known as the Peter Pan Cup.

    The lake is excellent to row on.

    You can cross the lake on a solar shuttle boat.

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    Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 2, 2014

    The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain was opened on 6 July 2004 by Queen Elizabeth,
    The fountain commemorates Princess Diana who died in a Paris car crash in1997.

    The fountain was designed by Kathryn Gustafson and shows Diana's spirit and love of children.

    The fountain also is a part of the 7 miles long Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk, a circular trail through London.

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    THE OLD POLICE HOUSE, HYDE PARK

    by davidjo Updated Oct 24, 2014

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    You will find this bang in the middle of Hyde Park which is the headquarters of the Royal Parks. It looks like an old country house but it was actually built around 1900. There are even cells inside but they are no longer used, but it serves as an actual police station now and i believe that the police stables are there for the officers to patrol the park. The parks Police can trace it origins from the 1872 when the Royal Park Keepers kept control. Samuel Parkes, an inspector won the Victoria Cross in the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854.

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    London Parks

    by solopes Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    Watching the children walking in the park, I remembered an impressive image of my first visit to London: In Hide Park, a small aperture in the snows provided a tiny spot of sun in the lawn.

    There, more than 30 deck chairs, were occupied by British (I presume), enjoying the sun. As the clouds slowly moved, the chairs hit by the shade were moved to the other bottom, assuring some more minutes of sun.

    Thus, the pack was slowly advancing along the park, always in the sun, and always with someone walking to move his chair. Nothing special, you say. But that was the first time I deeply appreciated the Portuguese sun.

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    Hyde Park

    by spidermiss Updated Aug 10, 2014

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    Hyde Park is one of London largest parks with over 350 hectares. The park is famous for with Grand Triumphal Arch (celebrating the Napoleanic Wars) at Hyde Park Corner and the Speaker's corner near Marble Arch. The Serpentine Lake divides the park into two where the other park is officially Kensington Gardens since Queen Caroline made this division in the early 18th Century. The park is traditionally associated for high profile political demonstrations and 1851 Great Exhibition was held there

    My visits to Hyde Park:

    October 2011
    My friend and I went from Marble Arch via Hyde Park to The Royal Albert Hall for Phantom 25. The park is always busy especially on a nice day.

    August 2014
    I returned to Hyde Park, entering and existing from Hyde Park Corner entrance across from Grand Triumphal Arch, and walked through the park towards Kensington Gardens where I visited the Serpentine Galleries. I had more time to look round and relax at the park.

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    Winter Wonderland

    by cleocat Written Feb 5, 2014

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    A lovely night out for the entire family. Dress warm as this is usually just before Christmas. There is lots of food stalls and many rides to entertain young and old. Weekends can be busy, but week nights are a bit quieter. Take enough money to buy your Christmas gifts from one of the various stalls stacked with unique gifts.

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    Away from the madding crowd

    by Beausoleil Written Nov 2, 2013

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    London is a busy, exciting place to visit, but sometimes you need to escape for a few minutes or a few hours. The London gardens are great places to get away from all the noise and bustle, to just relax for a short time and recharge. My favorite park in London is Hyde Park. There is something for everyone there and you can also check for special events.

    Here's an interactive map of the park. Interactive Map of Hyde Park in London

    The Serpentine is a lovely lake in Hyde Park and you can rent pedal boats or row boats and in the summer there is swimming in the lake. Sometimes it's just fun to walk through on your way to shopping or visiting a museum. It adjoins Kensington Park and that's fun too.

    Check the web site listed below for news in information.

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    Mayfair

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 30, 2013

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    Mayfair (originally called The May Fair) is an area of central London, by the east edge of Hyde Park, in the City of Westminster. The district is now mainly commercial, with many former homes converted into offices for major corporations headquarters, embassies and also hedge funds and real estate businesses.
    The nearest London Underground stations are Bond Street, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch and Oxford Circus.
    We had a wonderful walk along this area because our hotel was situated close to it. Pavel took an opportunity to sit on a bench with Cherchill and Rusvelt. Instead of Stalin?

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    Hyde Park

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 26, 2013

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    Hyde Park is one of the largest and the most famous parks in London and United Kingdom. It is among the Royal Parks of London. It is famous for its Speakers' Corner.
    The Grand Entrance to the park, also known as Queen Elizabeth Gate, at Hyde Park Corner next to Apsley House, was erected from the designs of Decimus Burton in 1824–25. Our hotel was located close to it and we had a wonderful opportunity to walk there.

    You can watch my 2 min 56 sec Video London Walk part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    KENSINGTON GARDENS

    by davidjo Written Feb 11, 2013

    On the west side of Hyde Park you will find Kensington Gardens which has a few points of interest such as Kensington Palace, Diana's Chidren's Playground, various statues and the Round Pond. The Broad Walk can be entered from the Palace Gate in Kensington Road and is a wide avenue which leads you to the black Lion Gate at Bayswater Road.

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    Wonderful Hyde Park.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 15, 2013

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    There are so many wonderful parks in London, that is one of the good things about London with all its numerous attraction - that you can seek refuge in one of its marvellous parks.

    Hyde Park is the largest park in center London and a Royal Park. It is adjacent to Kensington park (see my next tip) it covers a very large area in center London. It has got a big artificial lake - he Serpentine, which divides the park in two - you can rent a boat and even swim in the lake on hot days. There is a good restaurant by lake Serpentine The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen where one can sit and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.

    Hyde Park used to be a deer park and a private hunting ground for the King in the olden times but was opened to the public in 1637.

    There are several entrances to the park, one of them being the Grand Entrance or Queen Elizabeth Gate (1825).

    There is one strange tree in the park, The Upside-down tree, and you can walk inside it, it feels like being in a tent. I have visited the park during all seasons, in winter time the green colour of the Upside-down tree turns into a beautiful copper colour and the leaves don´t fall off. I add photos of the copper colour tree in a travelogue.

    There is a memorial fountain in Hyde Park right next to the Serpentine. It is in memory of Princess Di, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial fountain. It was opened by The Queen in 2004. It is beautiful and so serene. It is open from 10:00-16:00 in September-October, from 10:00 until 16:00 in November-February. In March from 10:00-18:00 and in April-August from 10:00-20:00.

    There are so many beautiful statues in the park, including one of a big horse-head.

    Don't miss Speaker's Corner on Sundays ;) it can be quite funny listening to the speakers standing on soap-boxes, sometimes entertaining, sometimes plain funny or frustrating. It is located in the North-East part of Hyde Park which is closest to Marble Arch.

    Opening hours: 05:00 until midnight, but it gets way too dark in the park to walk through it.

    The Upside-down tree. The Serpentine. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial fountain. There are so many flowers in Hyde Park. The Grand Entrance to Hyde Park.

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    HYDE PARK CORNER

    by davidjo Written Nov 26, 2012

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    Hyde Park Corner is at the intersection of Park Lane, Piccadilly and Knightsbridge and there are many interesting things to see here. It is now a busy roundabout but if you carefully make your way over to the centre you will see Wellington Arch or Constitution Arch as it is also known as, constructed as a memorial to the duke of Wellington it was one of the main entrances to London.
    The Royal Artillery Memorial is on the south side, which is dedicated to those in the Royal Regiment of Artillery who lost their lives in the First World War.
    On the north side is the statue of the Son of David which is dedicated to the Machine Gun Corps in the First World War.
    The Duke of Wellington is sitting on his horse on the north side of the roundabout.
    There is also an Australian War Memorial and New Zealand War Memorial.

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    OPEN AIR PUBLIC SPEAKING

    by davidjo Written Nov 25, 2012

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    Speaker's Corner is just inside Hyde Park next to Marble Arch and came in to being because of riots in the park against the Sunday Trading Bill and it became fashionable to stand up and speak in that corner of the park in 1872 and it is still the citizen's right to do this today, especially on Sundays. Anyone can turn up , bring a chair or box to stand on and deliver a speech provided it is lawful. Some people are genuine speakers and in my opinion some of the other speakers are half nuts.

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    WINTER WONDERLAND

    by davidjo Written Nov 25, 2012

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    If you are here in the winter visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, a Xmas spectacular. Entrance is free but you have to pay for rides on the giant wheel and ice rink (around £7).. There is also a Xmas market with many stalls selling Xmas decorations and food from different parts of Europe. A singing Santa Claus greets you at the entrance.

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