At 1.5 miles long and about a mile wide, Hyde Park is one of the largest of London's Royal Parks. The land was appropriated in 1536 from the monks of Westminster Abbey by Henry VIII for hunting deer and, despite opening to the public in the early 1600s, was only frequented by the upper echelons of society. London's oldest boating lake, The Serpentine, is at the bottom of Hyde Park. It's not especially beautiful but is home to ducks, coots, swans and tufty-headed grebes, and is also of great historic interest. It was a hotspot for mass demonstrations in the nineteenth century and remains so today. The legalisation of public assembly in the park led to the establishment of Speakers' Corner in 1872 (close to Marble Arch tube), where political and religious ranters – sane and otherwise – still have the floor. The park perimeter is popular with skaters, as well as with bike riders and horse riders. If you're exploring on foot and the vast expanses defeat you, look out for the Liberty Drives (May-Oct). Driven by volunteers (there's no fare, but offer a donation if you can), these electric buggies pick up groups of sightseers and ferry them around. The Joy of Life fountain, next to Aldford Street North Gate, alongside Park Lane, is a popular spot for splashing around in when the weather heats up.
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for an twelfth year in 2018. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa...Markets and fairs Thursday November 22 2018 - Sunday January 6 2019 Free
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Simply the best park in the world. I recommend the Serpentine, I love spending my time there, looking at the lake and relaxing myself. It doesn't even look like London, it makes you feel like you are at the sea, completely far from the crowded city. There are a lot of things to do as well: you can have an hot dog, skating or skateboarding, rent a little boat, have a picnic, but my favourite entertainment is sitting and looking at people doing this activities.
Another very nice part is the 'Italian garden', which looks like a little oasis in the middle of the nature.
Basically in Hyde Park you could spend a whole day without getting bored.
Every time I went London I always ended up with taking a stroll around Hyde Park. I could be because it is so central. Whenever you need a rest from the traffic and the noise, just a short stroll into the park, and you feel that you are a million miles away from London.
Hyde Park is great, but it lacks one feature near the Serpentine which is a bandstand. It would be great to have live ensembles performing in the park on a regular basis. My band was sponsored to perform on the bandstand at Finsbury Sq in the City of London and the crowds gathered during their lunch period and enjoyed it. The same can be done in Hyde Park if someone takes the initiative and arranges it. What type of music would you like to hear during your lunch period if you went to the park? Send your answer via this website http://www.steelbandhire.com/
Came for a day trip to London last year, the most relaxing and enjoyable part was the stroll around Hyde Park. We sat and had a picnic by the lake then fed the ducks. We also had a stroll around Diana's memorial fountain...Beautiful :-) Putting it simple, Strolling around Hyde Park is a must do for anybody visiting London!!
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