Hyde Park of London!

I am updating this older post of one of my visits to London , this time was with the family in tow, We stayed in a studio by Earl’s Court and saw the city using double decker, underground/metro , and lots of walks. Of course, we came to the parks, and what a nice encounter at Hyde Park London.  We enjoyed the trip here with the family, and now it brings lots of good memories for me. I have written bits before but feels needs a post of its own for the wonderful Hyde Park of London. Let me tell you my bit about it.

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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 km and almost one km wide. It is in the  Westminster section of London. Only the Serpentine separates it from the Kensington Gardens , 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. 

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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 main entrance of Hyde Park, which 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.

The Hyde 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 pictures for the Beatles for Sale album were taken in Hyde Park in the fall of 1964. In July 2012, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney held a join concert. 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.

Some things to see while in Hyde Park are

Facing the main entrance ,see the Apsley House (or 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.

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The Cavalry Memorial was built in 1924 at Stanhope Gate. It moved to the Serpentine Road when Park Lane was widened to traffic in 1961,  South of the Serpentine is the Diana Princess of Wales memorial, an oval stone ring fountain opened on 6 July 2004, Also in the Serpentine, just beyond the dam, is London’s Holocaust Memorial. The 7 July Memorial in the park commemorates the victims of 7 July 2005 London bombings, The Standing Stone is a 7-tons monolith at the center of the Dell, in the east of Hyde Park. Made of Cornish stone, it was originally part of a drinking fountain, though an urban legend was established, claiming it was brought from Stonehenge by Charles I, An assortment of unusual sculptures are scattered around the park, including: Still Water a massive horse head lapping up water; Jelly Baby Family, a family of giant Jelly Babies standing on top of a large black cube; and Vroom Vroom, which resembles a giant human hand pushing a toy car along the ground. There are several other works in Hyde Park, such as the memorial to William Henry Hudson, featuring his character Rima caused public outrage when it was unveiled in 1925. There has been a fountain at Grosvenor Gate since 1863 ,There is another fountain opposite Mount Street on the park’s eastern edge. A pet cemetery was established at the north edge of Hyde Park in the late 19C, The last burial took place in 1976.

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We were not but worth the return to see Hyde Park Winter Wonderland set again for November 2022, More info here : https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

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, .Hyde Park is free to enter between the hours of 5h and midnight every day, all-year round. Boating on The Serpentine is open from April until October 31st, from 10h to around 16h (during the winter) and 10h to 20h (during the summer).

The official Royal Parks on Hyde Parkhttps://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park

The London tourist office on Hyde Parkhttps://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/place/610718-hyde-park

There you go folks, 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 post as we.

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

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