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Hyde Park, London

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Sitting on 142 hectares (350 acres) in central London, Hyde Park is one of the city's largest and most attraction-rich green spaces. You'll find plenty of ways to enjoy yourself here no matter the season. Navigate the Serpentine lake by rowboat or pedal boat, or take a swim if you visit between June and September. Stop by the Diana Memorial, a fountain made of Cornish granite with water flowing down an embankment in two directions to meet in a pool at the bottom. Walk around Speakers' Corner, where luminaries such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and George Orwell have given speeches, and many protests and demonstrations have taken place. Butterflies fly around in the summer and wildfowl visit in winter, and you can ride horses along two designated routes. If you plan to be in London during the first half of July, find out who's performing in the park's summer concert series. Tickets are usually in high demand, so you'll want to find out when they go on sale for any concerts you want to attend. Put Hyde Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our London trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Walk along the Serpentine. Ducks, coots, Coot, swans and cormorants. Of beautiful green areas left fallow in front of the residence of Lady Di.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Certainly the most beautiful park in London, with many things to see: a classic Park, the Kensington Palace and its Gardens, then the fountain Memorial, without forgetting the squirrels... an incredible romance!
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  • August 21, 2017
    I was expecting something with more trees and shrubs and the park seemed horribly empty Nwm or is a matter of the fact that I was there in February but me Hyde Park abducts
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  • Hyde Park is enormous for the Centre of London I would say. It is beautiful and peaceful. You can meditate easily by observing, listening to music, running or training, walking or even enjoying the beautiful swans, coots and ducks (maybe gooses??) - either way you can do it! - Find your spot. No parking inside unless you pay a huge amount and that would be only in the north designated areas - not aware of any others so far. In Winter you can enjoy the Winter Wonderland - which is a theme park for Xmas time; it can include bands, pop stars and other special performances throughout the year.
  • Only ever been when winter wonderland is on. It's a park, a large open space! Everybody should love it and enjoy it. I should know coming from the city with the most parks. Enjoy.
  • Beautiful London park. Walk past standing stones and waterfall, have something to eat in the cafe or picnic on the grass. Stroll along the Serpentine banks or hire a rowing boat. Wonderful green oasis in the city. Perfect for a quiet time.
  • One of the most popular parks in London for a reason, big, spacious with lots of different areas to walk in. There are also cycle friendly lanes around the park. You can also find two restaurants and some kiosks dotted around for food and drinks. The main lake is great for boating and general bird watching as there is plenty of wildlife. Be sure to go to Kensington Gardens area if you want even more wildlife.
  • Lovely large Central Park. Great place to stroll about in the sun. Large boating lake with paddle boats. Managed to grab a seat at one of the many cafes around the park. Reasonably priced drinks and sandwich.

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