Hyde Park, London

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Park Lane, Bayswater Road, Knightsbridge

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    The Parks

    by akosilei Updated Apr 10, 2011
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    If you'll ask me why I love London -- it is because of their lovely parks!The flowers, the green grass, the lovely colors of leaves in the trees, the smell of air... it blesses my soul. I could stay there all day observing people, reading a book or sitting there simply enjoying the view.

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    Hyde Park

    by WheninRome Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hyde Park is too big to see all at once in my opinion. We took in pieces of it while strolling through the Bayswater Road Art Show. In one area a bicycle race was being conducted, while in others some playground rides and yet in others people running, relaxing and taking in some sun.

    We certainly did not get to see and do everything in Hyde Park, but some of the highlights are the Serpentine Lake, Diana Fountain, Speaker's Corner (I would have like to have seen this in action, but didn't), and the Rose Garden.

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    Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens

    by MM212 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Although often thought to be one park, the enormous rectangular green space in west London is in fact two separate parks: the eastern half is Hyde Park and the western half is Kensington Gardens. Together, they are the largest green space in central London and cover an area larger than Monaco. The park was originally a manor owned by Westminster Abbey until it was purchased by Henry VIII in 1536 and turned into a private hunting ground. In the 17th century, the grounds were opened to the public eventually served as a park, which continued to be landscaped and managed until it took on the look we have today. Hyde Park is a real marvel and provides an escape from the busy streets of London to an English countryside, albeit at a much shorter distance. A relaxing stroll through the park is the perfect thing to do on a sunny day in London.

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    Peter Pan in Hyde Park

    by dustmon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Peter in Hyde Park

    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!"

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    A perfect break

    by jorgec25 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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).

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    Hyde Park- lovely piece of green

    by Hanau93 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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..

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    An historic royal park...

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Looking west across the Serpentine

    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.

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    Hyde Park part I

    by a5floor Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    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.

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    Achilles : close-up!

    by Durfun Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From Park Lane, skies shining behind!
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    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!!

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    Swimming in the Serpentine :)

    by Durfun Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hours for swimming in the open!
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    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.

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    HYDE PARK

    by alyf1961 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    THE SERPENTINE
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    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.

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    WILDLIFE IN HYDE PARK

    by alyf1961 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A HERON
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    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.

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    Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

    by Gypsystravels Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Wellington Arch

    by Gypsystravels Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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  • Bicycle Tour Of London

    by Brook5 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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!

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