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Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day London City Guide5-day London City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Lush green oasis in the center of the city with relaxing atmosphere

Time required: 120 minutes

Phone: +44 20 7298 2100

Web site: http://www.royalparks.or...

Public transport:

  • Central Line: Lancaster Gate station and Marble Arch station
  • Piccadilly Line: Knightsbridge station and Hyde Park Corner station

Address: Westminster, London W1

Things you need to know:

  • Hyde Park is a large and overly popular royal park in Central London with cafés, fountains, flower gardens and more
  • It is best known for Speakers' Corner, a place where people can speak freely about anything
  • Its lake is called the Serpentine that is home to waterfowl and oarsmen. Alas the city's main boating spot
  • Other attractions of Hyde Park include: Rotten Row, Crystal Palace, Prince Diana Memorial, Holocaust Memorial, and a botanical curiosity, the Fagus sylvatica pendula
  • A continuation of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens was opened to the public in 1841
  • Kensington Palace is famous as the former home of Princess Diana
  • Main attractions of Kensington Gardens: Round Pond, Peter Pan statue, Albert Memorial
  • In both parks a wide variety of activities is available to visitors such as swimming, boating, cycling and skating. There are pitches for team games, tennis courts, tracks for horse riding and a spectacular children's playground

What to do there:

  • Take a walk in Hyde Park along lake Serpentine
  • Find a bench and relax or have a coffee in one of the park's cafés
  • Cross the bridge leading to Kensington Gardens
  • Head west towards Round Pond and Kensington Palace

Tips & Insights:

  • Great place to see Londoners live their normal life
  • Boats can be rented from the Boat House next to the Serpentine
  • Many concerts are held in the park

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens features in these preplanned City Guides: