Hyde Park, London

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Park Lane, Bayswater Road, Knightsbridge

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    Biggest park in London

    by codrutz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    English Families dressed for Hyde park :)

    by seasonedveteran Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Relaxing, picturesque Hyde Park

    by tinyvulture Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    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.

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    A Monday morning walk in the park.

    by gordonilla Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It was a rather cool and slightly foggy Monday morning in Janaury - I had never really walked through the park, so decided to do it this time. It was quiet, with a few dog walkers and joggers.

    I walked to the Serpentine and back and took a few photographs of various things - paths, memorials etc.

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    Hyde Park

    by Beckhanne Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A visit to London wouldn't complete for me if it didn't involve a daily stroll (at least) in Hyde Park. We owe this huge green lung which covers 142 hectares to Henry VIII who bought Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536 for his hunting purposes. A century later Charles I changed the appearance of the park and granted access to the general public in 1637. Other renovations were carried out under the reign of George II and his wife Queen Caroline who created Kensington Gardens in 1728 by taking 300 acres from the park and the Serpentine in the 1730.
    Today Hyde Park is the venue for many leisure activities like walking (guided walks are regularly organised), horse riding, rollerblading, rowing and many more. This is where I first came "face to face" with a squirrel as I was going back to the hotel. Be careful not to get lost in the park, it's very easy, believe me. Lost is not quite the right word but I certainly didn't arrive where I was supposed to! There are so many crosses and alleys that you should look carefully which one to take if you don't want to end up with burning feet at the end of the day.

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    Beautiful Hyde Park

    by Gypsystravels Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I enjoy strolling along beautiful parks and Hyde Park was my favorite. There are so many things to do and enjoy at the park. It’s a really nice way to relax from the busyness of London City especially when the weather is nice.

    I love trees and open spaces and Hyde Park is full of them. There are sign posts to indicate your location. The park is huge and you can easily wander around aimlessly. There is a horse trail, benches and plenty of open spaces to lay out on a hot summer day with a nice picnic.

    You’ll find the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain here, along with a few restuarants.

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    Hyde Park

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Finally made it to Hyde Park. It was a cold Novemeber day but Liz and I braved the cold and explored the park. Despite the cold and wind the park was full of people. Fortunately along our walk we found a place to have Hot Chocolate and escape the cold weather.

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    The Prince Albert Memorial

    by von.otter Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Prince Albert Memroial, August 2000

    “Never can I forget how beautiful my darling looked lying there with his face lit up by the rising sun, his eyes unusually bright, gazing as it were on unseen objects and not taking notice of me. I stood up, kissed his dear heavenly forehead and called out in a bitter agonizing cry: ‘Oh! my dear darling!’, and then dropped on my knees in mute, distracted despair unable to utter a word or shed a tear.”
    — Queen Victoria (1819-1901) about her beloved husband, Prince Albert (1819-1861)

    The romance of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria is one of the great love stories of history.

    When the Prince Consort died from typhoid at Windsor Castle on 14.December.1861 he was just 42 years and the lovers had been married only 22 years. Her Majesty was beside herself with grief; she wore her widow’s weeds until her dying day, 40 years later.

    To remind her subjects of Prince Albert’s many contributions to Great Britain the Queen commissioned a memorial monument.

    In 1872 she selected Sir Gilbert Scott to design this Neo-Gothic extravaganza. Sir Gilbert was inspired by miniature medieval shrines. Officially known as the Prince Consort National Memorial, the 180-foot tall structure stands in Kensington Gardens; it was completed in 1876, and unveiled by Queen Victoria.

    Two sets of white marble allegorical sculpture groupings surround the monument.

    The first, at foot of the steps leading to the canopy, is four groupings representing Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas; each continent is represented by native figures and a large animal: Africa, a camel; the Americas, a buffalo; Asia, an elephant; and Europe, a bull.

    The second, at the corners of the canopy, is four groupings that represent manufacturing, commerce, agriculture and engineering. Around the base a frieze includes painters, poets sculptors, musicians and architects, reflecting Albert's passion for the arts.

    In the 1990s a £10 million conservation effort was carried out to help repair decades of neglect, and damage caused by pollution.

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    Speakers Corner in Hyde Park

    by bren1125 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hyde Park used to be a royal hunting ground, venue for duels, executions, horse racing and once a large potato field during WWII. Now it is for sunbathers, joggers and boaters on Serpentine Lake.

    On Sundays, head for Speakers Corner. Where scholars, crackpots, philosophers, eccentrics, religous freaks and all manner of people will air their views on a multitude of subjects. It's great fun and sometimes you can learn a lot or not, but it is Free!

    Take a picnic and enjoy the afternoon!

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    Hyde Park on a sunny day

    by nhcram Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Decided at the last minute to come up to London and suddenly thought that neither of us had actually walked through and around Hyde Park. We were in for a treat. It was a sunny day and the roses smelled wonderful. We took the memorial trail which eventually led us to the Diana memorial where lots of people were paddling in the water. It was a truly lovely day.

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    Hyde Park

    by Dabs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In all my visits to London I've never really had a good walk through Hyde Park, I'd been on the edges of it but never really through it so I decided on my 1st day back in London, a warm sunny May afternoon, that I would have a nice leisurely day and stroll through Hyde Park.

    Kensington Gardens are right next door to Hyde Park so I started there, walking through the Italian Gardens and along the Long Water until I got where Hyde Park starts, walked around the entire Serpentine, a large pond with a variety of bird life, paddleboats and rowboats that you can rent and a section for swimming although I'm not sure I'd want to with all that goose poop in the water.

    Towards the end of the Serpentine I came across the Diana Memorial Fountain where you can have a rest, sit along the edge of it and dip your toes in the water.

    In the northeast corner of the park, near Marble Arch, is Speaker's Corner. I've never been to Hyde Park on a Sunday, but I've heard there are a variety of speakers talking about whatever interests them that day.

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    A Green Oasis in London

    by stevemt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Its amazing that there is so much grass in central london. Hyde park is one of those places.

    Well worth a wander, its actually great to get away from the traffic noise for a bit.

    2 of the famous parts of the park are Speakers Corner, where anyone has the right to publicly air his views (if he dares), and rotton row, which is still maintained as a central london bridle path for excercising your horses.

    The first time I was in Hyde Park was a weekend and there was actually a horse show on at rotton row, guess who did not have a camera with him :(

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    Wonderful and relaxed stroll

    by ursa9 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It was a nice and quite warm sunny day - a perfect day to go to Hyde Park. We saw soooo many nice, interesting, weird things. Let me explain the "weird" here. We came across people who fed animals. I was excited because I saw squirrels. But unfortunately, squirrels were not the only ones nibbling the food. There were also RATS! I couldn't believe my eyes. Did people not notice they were feeding rats?!? I have never been so close to rats before. Brrrrrr!

    Anyways, it was wonderful to enjoy in the fresh air, sun and the first spring flowers.

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    Hyde Park

    by Fen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of London's finest historic landscapes covering 142 hectares (350 acres). There is something for everyone in Hyde Park. With over 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow, horse rides and more it is easy to forget you're in the middle of London.

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    Strolling along Hyde Park

    by Obak81 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    By the western end of Oxford Street you will find Hyde Park that is the largest and most legendary of Londons parks. At the northeastern corner of the park (By the end of Oxford Street) you will find speakers corner wich was established several centuries ago by parliament as a forum for the common man to express their views. With some luck (that we however did not have, visiting London) you can hear people staning up and speaking.
    The park offers a good opportunity for a nice break from the thriving London surrounding it.

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