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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
"The motto is: see more less effort and more fun! It takes less time to ride leisurely between the sights than walk and you will spend more time exploring the city's world-famous landmarks and discover its hidden gems. Watch London life go by as you cycle to the Houses o the most recognized symbol of the city. Discover the infamous Cabinet War Rooms and explore London's fairy tale cathedral Westminster Abbey. Just around the corner you will find Trafalgar Square with its picturesque National Portrait Gallery and Nelson's and enjoy a well-earned lunch stop. You will ride effortlessly through the lushing beauty of all central Royal Parks including Hyde Park Kensington Gardens Green Park and St James Park. See the Royal residencies Buckingham Palace in Hyde Park and Kensington Palace with the Princess Diana Memorial set in the wonderful gardens.The expert guide will lead you through today's London and its past centuries wi anecdotes
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"London Bike Tour - East
"London is a city of stunning contrasts. Her rich past is well preserved while her modern face shows how architecture trade and culture have evolved in their own unique settings. For those trying to discover London on their own or hoping to glimpse her from bus or coach many of her secrets will remain a mystery.The London Bike Tour is a much more exciting way of exploring the city. You will be provided with a bike and guide and escorted on a tour though the cycle routes
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Home to British royalty as well as some of the world’s best-known historical monuments attractions and landmarks London is a city with sightseeing opportunities aplenty. So hop aboard an open-top Big Bus to soak up the sights of the beloved English capital and discover its delights at your own pace. Two routes are included with your ticket: the Red Route which lasts for a full 2.5 hours and includes an onboard guide or the Blue Route which lasts for a full-loop duration of 3.5 hours with audio commentary. The Night Tour lasts 2.5 hours for a full-loop and features the most iconic locations in London
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Hyde Park Tips (187)

HYDE PARK

Hyde Park (and neighbouring Kensington Gardens) is well worth a visit. There is Speakers Corner, the Serpentine, memorial to Princess Diana and loads of places to walk, sit and relax or cycle and rollerblade etc Last time I was there the weather was beautiful and the park was absolutely swarming with people out for a weekends sunbathing and relaxation or jogging and cycling around the park.
On Sundays there is chaos at Speakers Corner where anyone can get up on their soap box and rant about anything and everything under the sun to the delight of the people who go to heckle them! Its a bit mad. Its only meant to be allowed on a Sunday and you have to stand on something that is about 10' (well something like that!) off the ground so that you are not standing on British soil.
The rest of the park is lovely with a mix of wide open spaces, woodland, memorials, ponds and gardens.
See my other tips for more detail.

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hevbell
Sep 18, 2016

Hyde Park - the Serpentine

The Serpentine is a large artificial lake in the centre of Hyde Park which offers canoeing and boating. There is a cordoned off area for swimming in the summer, called the Lido.
The Serpentine meets the "Long Water" at Serpentine Bridge and this also acts as part of the boundary between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

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hevbell
Sep 18, 2016

The Serpentine Lake @Hyde Park

One of the most visited parks in London it must be Hyde Park with so many attractions and over three hundred and fifty acres of landscape to explore. It was first opened to the public in 1637 by Charles I but prior to that it was used by the royals and the High Society for hunting deer.
At the park is something for everybody from walking, having a picnic.cycling at the designated areas of the park and even boating on the Serpentine the lake in Hyde Park.
Serpentine lake is used for boating and rowing which you can hire boats from the boat house which is on the side of the lake. Also now which i din't know before until I'm was researching for this tip they have a solarshuttle which is powered by the sun and fits forty people.
Also the lake which has the Serpentine Lido attached to it which it can be used by adults and children is used daily by the oldest swimming club in Britain from 6.00am to 9.30pm including Christmas Day which is their race day.

Lido opening hours:June until 12th of September every day from 10.00am to 6.00pm and on weekends only during May including May Bank Holidays.
Boating and rowing opening times: April to October from 10.00 am until 4.00pm or sundown if is earlier and 8.00pm in the summer.
The price for the solarshuttle is £12.00 adult for one hour and £5.00 for a child up to 15 years old. A family of 2 adults and 2 children is £29.00. There's an option you can do less time but is only a couple of pounds cheaper.

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Galaxy31
Jun 19, 2016

PET CEMETERY - Hyde Park

This cemetery is VERY RARELY open to the public without charge, but if you look carefully through the railings that separate it from Bayswater, you will see a swarm of miniature gravestones. These mark the final resting places of some London's pets. The overcrowded cemetery was started in 1881.

There are visits costing over £50 plus tax for groups of up to 6 people (see royalparks.org.uk ), but peering through the railings is more challenging, and will cost you nothing.

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Apr 03, 2016
 
 
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Achilles Statue, Tribute to Duke of Wellington

at the Far End of Hyde Park near the Wellington Arch and Aspley House is the Achilles Drive nd a large Achilles Statue that commemorates the First Duke of Wellington,Arthur Wellesley who had several victories in the Napeolonic Wars against Napoleon Bonaparte. This achilles statue was actually made from captured french cannonballs and was melted and the statue inaqurated in 1822. The statue is 4 meter long and achilles is depicted here as muscular, nude young man, raising his shield with his left hand and his short sword in his right hand, with his armour standing by his right thigh and his cloak draped over his left shoulder.

Hyde Park has a total area of 142 hectares (as compared to 111 hectares of kensington park and 16 hectares of the serpentine) and this park was initially used by King Henry VIII for hunting and then became the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851 (London Expo) and besides being a popular attraction is also a major site for demonstrations of whatever kind. Among the Attractions here include Marbel Arch (will have a separate tip for it), Speaker's Corner, Achilles Statue, Joy of Life Fountain, Diana Memorial Fountain, Holocaust Memorial, Cavalry Memorial, Animals in War Memorial, Norwegian Memorial and a lot more.

Opens: 24/7

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machomikemd
Aug 14, 2015

Dunamis Sculpture at Park Lane Road

A Fairly New Addtition to the Various Sculpture and Murals along Park Land (which is still technically part of Hyde Park) is the infamous Dunamis Bronze Sculpture of a Carnival Man carrying an Elephant via it's trunk with only one hand. (see the picture). This sculpture was made by Local Lady Sculptor named Bushra Fakhoury and was opened in October 5 in 2013 and now is attracting hordes of curious onlookers. The Sculpture is 9 meters tall.

Hyde Park has a total area of 142 hectares (as compared to 111 hectares of kensington park and 16 hectares of the serpentine) and this park was initially used by King Henry VIII for hunting and then became the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851 (London Expo) and besides being a popular attraction is also a major site for demonstrations of whatever kind. Among the Attractions here include Marbel Arch (will have a separate tip for it), Speaker's Corner, Achilles Statue, Joy of Life Fountain, Diana Memorial Fountain, Holocaust Memorial, Cavalry Memorial, Animals in War Memorial, Norwegian Memorial and a lot more.

Opens: 24/7

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machomikemd
Aug 14, 2015

Stillwater Sculpture at Hyde Park

One of the Unique Attractions in Hyde Park is is near the Marble Arch is the Stillwater Sculpture. It is a sculpture of a horse head made fron bronze (henze the greenish hue due to oxidation) made by a local sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green and was unveiled in 2011 and is near the Bus Stop for Public Buses along the Marche Arch Area.

Hyde Park has a total area of 142 hectares (as compared to 111 hectares of kensington park and 16 hectares of the serpentine) and this park was initially used by King Henry VIII for hunting and then became the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851 (London Expo) and besides being a popular attraction is also a major site for demonstrations of whatever kind. Among the Attractions here include Marbel Arch (will have a separate tip for it), Speaker's Corner, Achilles Statue, Joy of Life Fountain, Diana Memorial Fountain, Holocaust Memorial, Cavalry Memorial, Animals in War Memorial, Norwegian Memorial and a lot more.

Opens: 24/7

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machomikemd
Aug 14, 2015

Hyde Park

Like What I've Said, The Hyde Park and Kensington Parks are virtually contigious areas in Central London and is only separated by the Serpentine River and Bridge of which roughly the Upper Half is the Hyde Park. Both these parks are the so called lungs of london, comparable to central park in Manhattan in New York City. Hyde Park has a total area of 142 hectares (as compared to 111 hectares of kensington park and 16 hectares of the serpentine) and this park was initially used by King Henry VIII for hunting and then became the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851 (London Expo) and besides being a popular attraction is also a major site for demonstrations of whatever kind. Among the Attractions here include Marbel Arch (will have a separate tip for it), Speaker's Corner, Achilles Statue, Joy of Life Fountain, Diana Memorial Fountain, Holocaust Memorial, Cavalry Memorial, Animals in War Memorial, Norwegian Memorial and a lot more.

Opens: 24/7

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Hyde Park

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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Dec 03, 2014

The Serpentine - Hyde Park

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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Dec 02, 2014

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain

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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Dec 02, 2014

THE OLD POLICE HOUSE, HYDE PARK

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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Oct 24, 2014

Things to Do Near Hyde Park

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Speakers Corner

Speakers' Corner is a part of the Hyde Park where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed. Speakers' Cornet has its root in 1855 when the Chartist movement demanded more...
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Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

Located in the south side of Hyde Park this memorial was opened officically in 2004. Its not what I would expect of a"fountain" really, its more a circular/oval channel that is more reminiscent of a...
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Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

I had been planning a day out in London, my planning resulted in my last museum of the day being the Sikorski Museum at the Polish Institute. They receive no funding from either the Polish or UK...
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Mayfair

Hanover Square became a fashionable residential address from the 18th Century by Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarborough and who is known for the Glorious Revolution. The residents then supported the...
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Albert Memorial

Located at the southern end of Kensington Gardens is this very grand memorial to Queen Victoria's Prince Consort, Prince Albert. The memorial was complete in 1876. Bronzes and mosaics represent...
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Harrods

For UK locals or people who loves shopping i guess you know what i am talking about..yeah you are right..the one and only..THE HARRODS..i have checked one coat and wow..the price made my eyes and jaw...
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Getting to Hyde Park

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Park Lane, Bayswater Road, Knightsbridge

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  • Monday 05:00 to 00:00
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