Speakers' Corner

Things to do, Talks and lectures Oxford Street
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Situated in the north-east corner of Hyde Park, this London curiosity grew out of revolt. When Edmund Beales led the Reform League to Hyde Park in 1866 to complain about the lack of a vote for working men, the marchers were blocked from entering the park by police and a small but interesting riot developed. The Reform League continued to meet at Marble Arch to test their right to hold public meetings in the park. In 1872, the government relented and granted the right to assembly and free speech in this corner of Hyde Park. Since that time, the Corner has been regarded as a site for speech and debate, as well as assembly and protest. Karl Marx, Lenin, George Orwell and William Morris are among its notable speakers. Sunday mornings are the optimum time to experience, or take part in, a grand tradition of soapbox oratory.


Venue name: Speakers' Corner
Address: Hyde Park
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch
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This has been on my London to-do list for literally years!!!

It was the perfect day for it and there was lots of people out listening to the soap box guys having their say. I was expecting at least some spouting about politics but sadly the main topic of discussion was religion. Unfortunately I dont really hold strong religious views or have any desire to discuss the pros and cons of one religion over the other.

Having said that I loved how passionate these fellas were about their topics. You could see their bloody boiling and temperatures rising as members of the ground engaged them in debate. I hope one day I feel so strongly about something that I can jump up and have my go at a little public debate.

I would highly recommend it on a Sunday afternoon coupled with a lovely stroll through Hyde Park!