If you’re staying at the Park Grand Lancaster Gate then you’ll be spending your time in London just a stone’s throw away from the wonderful Hyde Park. This is a prime location for luxury hotels in London, giving you easy access to the city centre and plenty of national links from Paddington Stations West of England services. Whether you’re visiting for business or visiting for holiday, you’ll want to do more than just visit the local (but lovely) Lancaster Gate Restaurant.
Luckily, the nearby Hyde Park is one of the best spots for tourism and sightseeing, offering up not only a wide range of beautiful green spaces amongst the 142 hectares of land which it encompasses, but historic sights and attractions as well. Below are just a few of the amazing attractions and historic sites you can find in the Hyde Park area.
The Serpentine Gallery is a modern and contemporary art gallery made of two exhibition spaces. Nestled in the centre of Hyde Park, the Serpentine Gallery has hosted the works of Man Ray, Marina Abramovic, Grayson Perry and many more, exploring the diverse world of multimedia arts. Made up of the Serpentine Gallery and Sackler Gallery, this art museum is an idyllic hidden gem slap bang in the middle of the royal park.
This fresh water open air lido is the perfect spot for a swim. Come the summer months you’ll have to get there early, but the vibrant atmosphere and idyllic locale will definitely have you coming back time after time. Located right on the Serpentine Lake itself, you’ll be thrilled with this 100 metre, cafe equipped corner of the beautiful water system.
Made of 270 acres, Kensington Gardens was originally part of Hyde Park, but was closed off in the 1720’s so as to make space for Queen Caroline’s own private gardens. Here the dutch terraced landscape gardens which were fashionable at the time were built, creating pockets of rocky areas across the vast swathes of fields.
Situated at the helm of Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace is the official household of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Having been a royal home since the 17th century, the once dilapidated home is now a royal tourist attraction, having been reopened to the public in 2012 to mark the diamond jubilee.
Diana Memorial Playground
This Peter Pan inspired playground is located in Hyde Park and offers up a beautiful and imagination sparking play area for kids. With a nearby cafe, this playground offers up respite ot children and adults alike.
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is located on the northside of South Kensington and overlooks Hyde Park. This magnificent concert hall has played host to some of the world’s most famous musicians. With its beautiful restaurant and cafe area, you can even treat yourself to a London afternoon tea before watching the likes of the English National Ballet and Pink Floyd.
Top tips for travel around Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a rather large area to navigate. It’ll be fine for some to walk but for the lesser abled or those with smaller children, it’s no mean feat. Luckily, the area is dotted with tube stations and bus stops. On the Piccadilly Line and dotted across the length of the parks edge, you will find Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge, alongside the Central Lines Queensway, Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch. Furthermore the nearby Bayswater and High Street Kensington tube stations are situated on the Circle and District Lines, and give you a quick walk to the park from the Paddington and Kensington areas.