Hyde Park, London

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  • A Cottage in Hyde Park
    A Cottage in Hyde Park
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    Serpentine Bridge, Hyde Park
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    The Prince Albert Memorial

    by von.otter Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    “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.

    Prince Albert Memroial, August 2000
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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!

    Speakers Corner Speakers corner
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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.

    Rowing on the Serpentine The Serpentine Swimming area Diana Memorial Fountain Joy of Life Fountain

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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 :(

    Speakers Corner Rotton Row

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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.

    Beautiful birdies My favourite Peter Pan... Oh, I love this fairytale! Grey squirrel

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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.

    Hyde Park seen from the speakers corner. Hyde park from south-eastern corner
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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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    Just another walk in the park

    by spgood301 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is Hyde Park, with some 350 acres of green space. It's a great escape from inner city life, and has quite a history. It was acquired by Henry VIII in the 16th century, and for a while served as a private hunting ground. Since then, it's been the site of many national celebrations, horse racing and dueling too. I couldn't find any duels on my visit though. And I was looking for one too ;-)

    Nowadays, it's a place for some quiet famly time, maybe a picnic or to play a game or two. It also hosts fairs and other special events.

    Admission is free. Make a trip to Hyde Park, and just relax for a while.

    Hyde Park, London, on a sunny day Checkin' out the birds at Hyde Park, London

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  • peace

    by Pneuma Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    i can't describe this place,u have to be there to believe it.Just take a walk there and you will have forgotten that you are in the most busiest city of the world.Comin from mumbai which has lack of open spaces n parks for me its a treat.The beauty n peace this place has.You could read a book,have a smoke,sip some coffe,lay on the bench n look at the cloudy sky,lie on the grass n watch the world go by.Stare at beautiful cherry trees.Squirrels ,piegons and other birds they are freindly enough to come to u.Beautiful...please visit.

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    Enjoy Hyde Park

    by anaStepisnik Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Hyde park is the perfect place to relax, have pic-nic or just walk and talk. It's full of students, couples, joggers so you will always meet somebody to talk to. When I stayed in London our hostel was just a block away from the Park and we spent most of our time there. Great memories!

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  • the Popular Whereabout to Hang around

    by Manyana Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hyde Park is probably the most popular and one of the two biggest parks in London. There are several areas you can explore on your own if you a tourist, student or just a resident londoner. It is just huge! Surrounded by several tube stations, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner from the east, Bayswater and Lancaster from the North, and Knightsbridge from the South. It is also joined to the famous Kensington Gardens and Palace which also make it within a walking distance to Notting Hill Gate, and Kensington High Street. If you want to walk the park from the east to the west, it'll probably take you up to 45 minutes. Huge, didn't I tell ya?

    Areas to explore:
    - Speaker's corner: every Sunday, a bunch of speakers grab their wooden or metal ladders to stand on and start giving some speeches on politics, religion or any trivia. Well it's a Sunday tradition I guess. My mother used to tell us a lot about it when we were kids, very interesting, ha? Located opposite Marble Arch tube station.
    - Diana's Memorial: in memory of princess Diana
    - the Serpentine: a river-like lake where pedals and lots of ice-cream shops are available.
    - the Compass: close to the speakers' corner, in a shape of a tree, made of small stones, to give a direction to different destinations in the park (7 destinations I think).
    - a huge tree struck by thunder flash!
    - Hyde Park also hosts several events, such as music concerts or fundraising events, from Make Poverty History and others.
    -...and more!

    - Public toilet
    - ice-cream, food stalls
    - pedals in the Serpentine Lake
    - Police security usually roams around

    For more information on the history and milestones of Hyde Park, see this link here

    It's just a nice place to hang around whether you're a single, have a family, or just wanna walk around:^)

    Hyde Park the compass Speakers' Corner cafe the struck tree by flash
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    Peter Pan

    by BluBluBlu Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This statue was placed in Hyde Park in 1912. Author James M Barrie wanted it to retain it's magic appeal so arranged for it to be installed in the dead of night! On a recent trip to the park there was a 'Peter Pan Treasure Hunt' with tons of kids dressed up as pirates or fairies!

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    One afternoon in the park

    by RuiPT Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Some times we are so tired of walking on the streets because we want to see all and the time isn't enough, that the best thing could happen to us is find a lovely and quiet park to take a rest watching nature and the locals walking. London has a lot of quiet parks where you can pass part of your free time in the city.

    Hyde Park on a wednesday afternoon
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    Hyde Park - one of London's largest parks

    by Airpunk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hyde park is surely the best known and one of the largest parks in London. Similar to Kensington Gardens (which is sometimes also regarded as a part of Hyde Park, but separated from it by a road), also Hyde Park has many fountains, statues monuments etc. Here, the northern part is more interesting: Speakers Corner and neighbouring Marble Arch are among the most famous sights in London. Hyde park is also a place for cultural events such as concerts and during summertime, you will also find street artists close to Speakers corner. Unfortunately, I was there on a cold March afternoon so that there were no artists and no speakers, but still it was nice to walk around the park, discover the one or other nice place and watch the people and animals enjoying the park too.

    Hyde park dates back to the 16th century when it was aqcuired by Henry VIII. from Westminster Abbey and was used by him as chasing grounds. The northeastern part of the park became infamous during the centuries as it was a place for public executions.

    For further information, check out tips in the Hyde Park and Kensington sections or visit the website below.

    This oak was struck by a lightning in 1999

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