Hyde Park

Hyde Park, London: Hours, Address, Hyde Park Reviews: 4.5/5

5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Once the hunting ground for Henry VIII, this large royal park is best known for its famous Speakers' Corner, where people speak their minds, Rotton Row, a famous horse-riding area and Serpentine Lake, home to waterfowl and oarsmen.
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Very good

Steven B
Uxbridge, UK284 contributions
May 2021
What is commonly referred to as Hyde Park actually consists of Hyde Park to the east of the Serpentine, a large lake, and Kensington Gardens, which lies to its west. The park was the setting for our bike ride on a sunny bank holiday Monday afternoon. My girlfriend and I rented a couple of Sadiq cycles from the docking station at the Queensway entrance to the park and took in the sights, including Kensington Palace, currently closed to the public and locked away behind its black and gold iron gates, and Speaker’s Corner, which was empty of speakers attempting to convert the masses when we were there. We stopped to soak up some sun at the edge of Round Pond (actually a 7-acre lake), where there was a nice cool breeze coming off the water, however unfortunately no swans or geese were to be seen. Continuing our cycle eastwards, we came across a big salsa party, with lots of dancers shaking their stuff to Latin American rhythms, and then a long parade of roller skaters, sashaying along the walkway. The eastern part of the park was packed with people and social distancing measures seemed to be a thing of the past. We took another pitstop at a café near Speaker’s Corner to treat ourselves to a 99 ice cream each and by the time we finished eating those, it was starting to get chilly so we began the ride back to the docking station to call it a day.

Hyde Park is a beautiful green oasis right in the centre of town. It particularly sparkles when the sun is shining and is a great location whether you’re looking for recreation or relaxation so pay it a visit.
Written June 4, 2021
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London, UK82 contributions
Aug 2021
Regular visitor to the park and the adjoining Kensington Gardens. Vast area and so many walks possible from a simple walk around the lake to doing the whole perimeter. Would recommend walking alone the lake, over the road and up to the Italian gardens before heading to Kensington palace and coming back along the other side of the lake.
Written August 12, 2021
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Anthony G
Wellington, New Zealand1,141 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
It’s almost hard to fathom just how big Hyde Park is when you look at it on a map. It’s huge and such an amazing experience walking through it taking in all the various little gardens and areas that it has to offer. I would definitely recommend getting yourself a large flat white, a bottle of water and spending the afternoon wandering around. It will take you a while to walk round but afterwards you’ll feel entirely rejuvenated!
Written December 26, 2020
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Oliver, Canada18 contributions
Dec 2019
During the winter you can skate in Hyde Park for an hour. This is very well organized by the London folks. You must make a reservation. You are out on the artificial outdoor ice for an hour on rental skates, at no charge. It is very well run operation. The skates have plastic boots that snap on, like ski boots.They were quite comfortable and firm. Quite a pleasant surpirse.
Written January 7, 2020
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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
Aug 2020
London is blessed with open spaces. There are 8 Royal Parks - lands that were originally owned by the monarchy, and which today remain part of the hereditary possessions of the crown. Five of these parks are more or less in central London: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, Green Park and Regent’s Park. There are also lots of other smaller spaces such as the Victoria Tower Gardens by the Houses of Parliament.

Visitors to London are therefore spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which parks to visit. And it comes down to a matter of personal choice, based on exactly what you are looking for.

Hyde Park goes back to Henry VIII, when it was one of his hunting grounds. But the forest that it was is long gone, and these days Hyde Park is largely an open grassy space. It’s a major venue for concerts, Christmas festivals such as ‘Winter Wonderland’ and large gatherings. If you are visiting during one of these events, a large part of the park will be closed off. It’s also the gathering site for protests and demonstrations.

There’s a lot of grass... great for picnics and games, but not particularly beautiful to see! So keep this in mind when considering a visit.

Further, if you are looking for specific attractions to see within the park, you’re not going to find to many in Hyde Park (you may be better off visiting Kensington Gardens). Hyde Park has just a few: a small rose garden by the entrance at Hyde Park Corner (beside Apsley House), some patches of manicured gardens, a large boating lake (The Serpentine), and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain (though it was not functioning at the time of my visit). There’s also Speakers Corner at the Marble Arch end of the park; in this corner of the park open air public speaking, debate and discussion is allowed, usually on a Sunday morning. I’m not sure of the current situation here with the pandemic.

There’s a number of cafes and toilet facilities in the park, as well as some pleasant tree-lined avenues. But as already mentioned, it’s largely open space. If you’re a jogger or a horse rider, it’s probably the park for you. If you are looking for ‘attractions’, you’re better off continuing west through Hyde Park into Kensington Gardens, or visit the smaller and prettier St James’s Park by Buckingham Palace.

My favourite time to visit is early spring, when the crocuses poke through the grass and carpet some of the lawns with colour.
Written November 10, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
It is interesting to compare the differences between our great royal parks which are an incredible heritage in London.

Last Sunday, I had been at the west end of the Serpentine which was quite and refined; today I visited the east end which was the more lively and busy end with pedalos negotiating the swans and the cafe ooen for food and drink in a safe way.

There are many different aspects to Hyde Park including the different memorials and sculptures and the Rose Garden

The only thing you have to beware of as a pedestrian are the cycle paths - I had the same experience in Copenhagen. This is the new world!!
Written August 7, 2020
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Celia T
Canonsburg, PA12 contributions
Apr 2022
We walked through Hyde Park looking for the Diana memorial, which was pretty much opposite of where we entered. It was a very long walk. Her memorial in Hyde Park is a fountain or water feature built into the hill. I didn't think it was worth the hike. Would like to have seen her statue unveiled recently. Hyde Park was busy and beautiful, relatively flat and centered around the large pond or lake.
Written May 9, 2022
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A Kanjani
Dubai, United Arab Emirates298 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Amazing 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Such a lovely park in middle of such a big city is almost unexpected anywhere else in the world.

People skating, by 🚴‍♀️, walking, running boating, with so many entry and exit points and excellent connections with buses, trains and taxis it was wonderful to see this.

They have a an amazing pond with the lovely swans and other birds.

Squirrels 🐿 who actually walk upto you with an extra snack was also something new for me.

Overall I would say this is one of the best parks I have visited ever.
Written August 30, 2021
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London, UK29 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I go to Hyde Park on the last Sunday of every month to meet other like minded people who own Cockerpoo Dogs for a meet up and dog walk.
This park is always kept nice and clean.
I sometimes also take my grandson to the boating lake which very pleasant to sail model boats.
I love Princess Diana’s memorial garden and
thoroughly enjoy my visits to this Royal Park.
It is an excellent and highly recommended place to go at anytime for a walk, run or just to play and
have fun with the children
Written February 11, 2020
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Trevor J
Fair Oak, UK24 contributions
Aug 2020
Italian garden at the "Long water" end were a pleasant surprise.

Cola at £2.30 was a shock, bring your own drinks. But, the people who run the cafes, probably have to pay the relevant authority an arm and a leg for the pleasure of renting the premises.

Song thrushes hoping to be fed at the Lido were a pleasure. Grey squirrels were fun, as they show no fear and beg for food, although there are signs saying, do not feed, as they damage the trees.

Flowers were lovely.

Worth a visit, depening of course on your personal tastes.
Written August 21, 2020
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