Whether you’re on the lookout for historic monuments, scenic dining spots or simply out for a stroll, Hyde Park can offer you more than you would imagine. Right on the doorstep of Grand Hotel Park Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park can supply guests with days of activity and events at all times of the year.
Once owned by the monarchy, Hyde Park is one of London’s four royal parks and covers 142 Hectares of land. First created for Henry VIII in 1536 for the purposes of hunting deer, Hyde Park became open to the public in 1637 under Charles I.
Nowadays Hyde Park attracts visitors due to its swimming, boating, cycling and skating facilities as well as football pitches and tennis courts. Not only that but on Sundays, Hyde Park’s famous Speakers Corner plays host to some of London’s top raconteurs, debaters, lecturers and even comedians, covering many topics from the political to the observational.
Hyde Park has two restaurants on site. The Serpentine Bar and kitchen is located on the Eastern side of the Serpentine and holds a great view of Queen Caroline’s magnificent manmade lake. The Lido Café bar is located on the south side and also holds a stunning vista of the area. Both are licensed to serve alcohol and have an array of snacks, cakes and baked goods, meal menus and hot and cold drinks.
During the winter months, Hyde Park holds the annual Winter Wonderland event from the 18th of November to the 2nd of January. Winter Wonderland is open from 10am till 10pm every day and supplies guests with rides, food stalls and performances.
Summer in Hyde Park plays host to British Summer Time music festival. Each year sees a stellar line up of musicians take over at least four stages from Friday 30th of June to Sunday 9th of July. This year will see Justin Bieber, Phil Collins, Kings of Leon, Green Day and many more world class acts take the stage.
THINGS TO SEE
Seeing as Hyde Park’s history spans back to the Tudors, it’s not surprising that there are many landmarks to visit in the park. The beautiful and expressive Princess Diana Memorial is located in the park’s South West corner. The 7th July Bombings memorial is located on the East side near the breath taking statue of Achilles which serves as a memorial for Arthur Wellesley, or the first Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo. Wellington also has to his name the Constitution Arch, or Wellington Arch which is located between the South corner of Hyde Park and the Western corner of Green Park.
Hyde Park is open from 5am to 12am every day.