This was a must-see for me, being a huge fan of Peter Pan (and Alice in Wonderland, too!). I had heard about the wonderful statue of Peter Pan, which sort of recently was re-invented during the movie "Hook" where Robin Williams wakes up after his journeys..... anyways it is a beautiful piece of art and a wonderful photo op for anyone "who's just gotta crow!"
Hyde Park is huge, but it's very easy to find your way around the park.
It's a perfect place to take a break from the City, and all it's traffic, noises and people.
You can easily find some quiet places to rest, or just walk along lake and cross the park.
Just be aware of those comfortable looking chairs, because you have to pay to sit there (more details on my tourist traps tips).
Again I will probably give away my nationality as this girl was so eager to see green grass and flowers and not frozen ponds and snow covered ground. We strolled through Hyde Park on a lovely Sunday afternoon after having witnessed the changing of the guards. Everyone was out there, we saw skateboarders performing, people in outdoor cafes with not even one free spot so i sat down on the green grass to watch the Canada Geese enjoy the nice temps just like me.. I also wanted to see the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain but was a bit disappointed..i think she deserved a better monument..
Originally a royal hunting ground, Hyde Park was opened to the public in 1637 by Charles I. At 350 acres in size, it is one of the larger parks in central London. It was the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, and has been a location for many mass demonstrations. Today, it is also the site of many rock and pop concerts in the summer, though mostly it is just a pleasant green space to be in when the weather is good. Some sites of interest within Hyde Park are: Speakers' Corner (near Marble Arch), Diana Memorial Fountain (near Knightsbridge), and the Serpentine, a lake that separates Hyde Park from neighbouring Kensington Gardens. You can go boating there.
Hyde Park is a huge park. You can easily walk around.
There is also a small rose garden inside this park and a little pond (where you can peddle on a boat).
Hyde Park is open from 5.30am to midnight every day. The size of the park is 145 hectares. It is the largest open spce in central London.
At first it was a hunting ground for Henry VIII and later a venue for duels, executions and other noble hobbies.
The 1851 Great Exhibition was held here and during WWII it became an enormous potato field.
Passing by Hyde Park tube, along Park Lane (where a lot of the classy top hotels are), you will soon come across Achilles' statue on your left.
There is also a short road right opposite bearing his name - 'Achilles Way'!
He is at the south-eastern tip of Hyde Park. I have often noticed his imposing form, but one fine winter evening (29th November 2008) I decided to check him out from closer.
Believe me, the pose & form is most impressive. Did you know his chest armour is by his left foot? Or is that someone's decapitated torso??? Check out the cool shape of his sword!!
This park is massive. Location is great, linking the West End to Belgravia.
The north west section is Kensington Gardens, though there is no physical border separating the two.
The part of the Lake south of the bridge on it is called Serpentine, and falls under Hyde Park. The upper part is in Kensington Gardens & called the Long Water. This starts near the Lancaster Gate entrance with the Italian Gardens & fountains.
Did you know this is flowing water, and not a stagnant pool? At the south east end of the Serpentine (facing Park Lane) this lake drains off towards The Thames!! And the body of water is fed by Westbourne River.
Look out for the SSC - Serpentine Swimming Club. In summer it's buzzing from 0630. People swim here everyday, especially on 25th of December, irrespective of the weather: there is a race on Christmas Day: the prize is the Peter Pan Cup :-) Racing on 25/12 has been happening since 1864 (for PP Cup since 1904)!
Otherwise, you'd notice swimmers in the mornings only. In summer you can swim beyond the cordoned section for winter.
BTW there is a cute Peter Pan statue along with his animal buddies right between Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens, close to Princess Diana memorial fountain.
Hyde Park became a royal park in 1536 and has remained a royal park ever since. Henry VIII used it for hunting but James I opened it to the public in the early 17th century. The Serpentine, an artificial lake, runs through it. The lake is used for boating and swimming.
The great exhibition of 1851 was held in Hyde Park in a specially built crystal palace. The palace was dismantled in 1852 and reassembled in south London, where it stood until it was destroyed by fire in 1936. A fountain was built in Hyde Park to commemorate the memory of Princess Diana.
Walking through Hyde Park or any of the royal parks in London, you will come across British wildlife. Although not as exotic as other countries wildlife, it is still nice to see.
Hyde Park has herons, swans, ducks and squirrels.
A touching and beautiful memorial to the late Princess Diana the fountain is a nice and refreshing site. It was designed to reflect her life with the flow of water. The water flows from the highest point in two directions as it cascades, swirls and bubbles before meeting in a calm pool at the bottom.
During my visit there were children and adults alike frolicking in the fountain. It is actually encouraged for everyone to enjoy the fountain by getting your feet wet.
The arch is set in the heart of Royal London at Hyde Park Corner. King George IV originally commissioned the monument as a grand outer entrance to Buckingham Palace and was completed in 1830 by architect Decimus Burton. It was moved to its current location in 1882.
You can actually get some fantastic views of the surrounding area from the balcony on top of the arch. There is a large bronze sculpture which depicts the angel of peace descending on the chariot of war.
We spent half a day with a guy called Lord Jolly. He runs a guided bicycle tour of London where you get to see the Royal Palaces, the Horseguards, Big Ben and spend loads of time cycling in Hyde Park. We waved at the tour groups on the buses as we passed them in the knowlede that we were doing the sights in the healthy and enviromentally friendly way. The Lord was a great guy with heaps of interesting stories to tell and we got to see the Changing of the Guard too all for $20!
Hyde Park covers 140 hectares (1,4 sq.km) in the center of London and it's a great place to relax.
The best known entrance is the Grand Entrance in the south-east corner and it's called Hyde Park Corner - with a massive arched stone entrance.
On the south-west corner entrance it starts the nicest path - where you can find flowers and hundreds of squirrels I have ever seen. Though it's forbidden to feed the pigeons and squirrels in that part of the park, some tourists risks penalty and give nuts to the squirrels - I admit the squirrels put up a great show and I have never seen so many and so close.
In the north-east there is the famous Speakers' Corner where anyone can speak their will or problems, as long as they don't use bad language and they stand on something and not on the ground of England.
What I liked most about Hyde Park:
1 - Princess' Diana Memorial Fountain, south of Serpentine Lake, opened on July 6th 2004, which is not an usual fountain but an oval structure on the ground with water running from the highest part in both ways. People are allowed to put their bare feet in the water but not allowed to walk in the water, for their own safety, as some accidents happened right after the opening.
2 - The path from the south-west corner to the right (on the south part of the park) with the flowers and the squirrels.
My babyhood being in Cardiff, Wales it brought me back to a place I certainly forgot, as I watched English parents with their children, all dressed in their sunday dress, elegantly woman and trouser dockers men, lol, playing with their kids in Hyde Park.
The park itself if wonderful, open fields for dogs, and rivers and lakes throughout. The area around the park is full of white houses from the really nice areas of london, where carriages hold children of wealth. :) Kinsington Palaace is here although i didnt wanna spend the money on this one. See if you can see speakers corner on sunday, though i missed it.
Hyde Park is a scenic recreational park adjacent to Kensington Gardens. The Serpentine Lake runs down the length of Hyde Park. If you take a leisurely stroll along the lake, you'll pass the Italian Gardens with their pretty, decorative fountains, as well as the Diana Memorial Fountain, with its circular stream of water. There are places along the way to stop and rest or get a snack. Hyde Park is also known for Speaker's Corner, in the northeast corner of the park, where anyone is allowed to get up and make a speech about any topic.