The most famous Royal Park in London is famous for a reason, and it has a lot to do with the history and culture it holds. For centuries Hyde Park has provided local visitors with a place to escape the streets of London and hide away from the hot sun under the trees. Over the years there have been many renovations and developments made to the park, including a variety of gorgeous monuments and statues that can be found dotted around.
If you’re hoping to spend some time in London you won’t want to miss out on a trip to the iconic greenery at the heart of London. Our Hyde Park Paddington Hotels are in the perfect location for you to see Hyde Park and discover its many secrets spots and historic monuments. To point you in the right direction we’ve put together this list of the best statues and memorials around the park.
Just next to Hyde Park corner, between Broad Walk and Lovers’ Walk, you’ll find this impressive bronze statue of the great warrior Achilles from Ancient Greek mythology. The huge depiction of the Greek legend was designed and built by Richard Westmacott in 1822 and has sat in the same spot ever since. It was created in memory of the Duke of Wellington to celebrate his many victories in the Peninsular War. This is a perfect photo opportunity to document your time at the Lancaster Gate Hotel Hyde Park.
Boy and Dolphin Fountain
Take a stroll through the park and you’ll come across the beautiful rose garden. At the heart of the garden, you’ll find one of the most beautiful monuments in the area. The intricate marble statue features a cherub and a dolphin sat at the top of a rock basin. After being created in 1862 it was moved from its original place in the Victorian Sunken Garden to Regent’s Park. It wasn’t until 1995 that it was returned to its current location in Hyde Park.
Designed by Adrian Jones, this timeless sculpture is dedicated to the brave cavalry members who gave their lives to defend the country in the First World War. The memorial features a bronze depiction of St George riding a horse over the body of a defeated dragon. You can find this beautiful memorial just north of the Serpentine River, which makes for a wonderful afternoon stroll.
This memorial dates back to 1983 when it was designed and created by Mark Badger, Richard Seifert and Derek Lovejoy in memory of the innocent souls who lost their lives in the Holocaust. This was the very first public memorial erected to pay tribute to the victims of the atrocities that took place during the Second World War. The memorial consists of two large boulders that have been placed at the centre raked gravel and silver birch trees. Be sure to check out this interesting monument for a great photo opportunity and a chance to learn more about the tragic event it represents.