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Hyde Park

  • Attractions
  • Hyde Park
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Time Out says

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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Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

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Thanks to the wretched pandemic, London hasn’t seen Bruce Springsteen and his long-term sidemen (and women) the E Street Band since 2016. Before that The Boss had been a regular fixture on London’s biggest stages, but his return to headline British Summer Time in Hyde Park 2023 is a big one, both because it’s been so long and because – as his joyous but mortality-flecked 2020 album ‘Letter to You’ reminds us – we’re presumably getting somewhere near the natural end of the E Street Band’s touring life. Sure they’re tough old geezers and there has been some new blood over the years, but their epic three-hour-plus sets take it out of a guy. By modern rockstar standards, the 72-year-old Springsteen has a good few tours left in him yet, but it’s certainly never too soon to get on board with America’s greatest rock band.  Usually the band play without support, but mini-festival British Summer Time is naturally an exception – details of further support is TBA, though typically there’s a big name or two directly under the headliner and then more obscure acts elsewhere.

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