Hyde Park, London of course!

So why not come over the fence oops the sea and see our neighbors in London. It was easy for us because of language and many familiar faces that we enjoyed the trip here with the family. One of the highlights was to walk into Hyde Park from our walk over the city.

I ,again, have written before but feels needs a post of its own for the wonderful Hyde Park of London. Let me tell you my bit of history on it.

Hyde Park is the largest park in central London, as well as one of the nine royal parks of the city, with a length of over two kilometers and almost one kilometer wide. It is in the  Westminster section of London. Only the Serpentine separates it from the Kensington Gardens (see  post), so that they are sometimes considered as part of Hyde Park. Its 140 hectares, added to that of Kensington Gardens spanning 110 hectares, gives a total surface of 250 hectares.

The oldest part of the park belonged to the Ebury Manor and had a surface area of ​​a “hide”, a former English surface unit and varying in soil construction from twenty-four to forty-nine hectares, which gave the name of the park. While Kensington Gardens are largely flat, Hyde Park is slightly hilly.

The grounds of this park once belonged to Westminster Abbey until 1536, when the land was taken over by king Henry VIII. It was in the 17C that this land became a public park. The park hosted the Great Exhibition of 1851, where the Crystal Palace was built for the occasion. But at the end of the exhibition, the palace was dismantled and removed from the park because of the pressure exerted by the citizens.

The park was also home to famous rock concerts: Jethro Tull (1968), The Rolling Stones (1969), Pink Floyd (1970), Roy Harper (1971), Queen (1976), The Cure (2002), Red Hot Chile Peppers (2004), Blur (2009) and Bruce Springsteen (2009). The Beatles photos for the Beatles for Sale album were taken in Hyde Park in the fall of 1964. The Rolling Stones also staged a second concert at Hyde Park in 2013. Hyde Park is also well known for its Speakers’ Corner . The latter is located near Marble Arch. Founded in 1872, it is a space of free expression where everyone can speak freely in front of the audience of the moment.

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The main entrance located southeast of the park, and was built in 1824-25. It is in the form of three vaulted passageways joined by a colonnade, all of a length of about 33 meters. The central passage has a particular fore-body: it is formed of a portico supported by four columns, and is surmounted by a frieze representing a triumphant procession of the navy. The two outer columns of this portico have carved capitals so that they always have two full faces. The grilles closing the passages, are in iron and bronze, decorated with a Greek honeysuckle ornament.

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Some things to see while in Hyde Park are

Facing the main entrance ,see the Apsley House (now the Wellington Museum), the London residence of Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington, another is Hyde Park Corner, in which stands Wellington Arch, a triumphal arch erected in memory of the winner of the Battle of Waterloo. The Serpentine Gallery is located on an unexpected location for a contemporary art gallery: lots of natural light and greenery all around. This part of the park is already part of Kensington Gardens. On the south side is Kensington Palace, in which lived Princess Diana of Wales. (See post).

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We walk here as we were walking all over London after the tube to Leicester Square. However, direct you can take the tube/metro/subway at Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner, line Piccadilly ; Lancaster Gate, Queensway and Marble Arch, Central line.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Royal Parks on Hyde Park

Tourist office of London on Hyde Park

And there you go, do come to Hyde Park in summer is fantastic the activities around it and be inmerse in the big city lifestyle that is London. Hope you enjoy the brief visit.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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