Serpentine Boating Lake

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Serpentine Boating Lake
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  • Lancaster Gate • 5 min walk
  • Paddington • 6 min walk
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
Sep 2019
A Beautiful Lake in the Heart of London

In September, we were back to London, and staying across Park Lane, from Hyde Park. On several days, we walked the Park, and mostly along the beautiful Serpentine Lake, which runs basically through the heart of the Park.

Our first stroll was on a weekday, and while there were folk out, enjoying the Autumn weather, things changed, when we visited on a Sunday morning - and greatly. The Serpentine now had folk boating the eastern section, using craft rented from Blue Bird Boats.

On both days, the bird life on The Serpentine was obvious, but they seemed happier on Sunday, as there were more folk to feed them - including the swans.

One thing, which I had never noticed before was a commemorative statue to Queen Caroline, who created The Serpentine, located right by the Serpentine Waterfall, on the very eastern edge of the lake. It is right along the path, and if walking to the north, on the edge of The Serpentine, look to the right, just before the waterfall, which goes down to a small pond. It is worth the effort to find it. While not hard to find, I think that it’s easy to miss, as one is more often looking out to the lake, itself. Take the time to stop and read the plaque.

On our walks this trip, we probably spent an hour each, around The Serpentine, and that was without stopping at any of the concessions.

Just a great place to stroll, to sunbath in the rental chairs in a few locations, to stop for coffee, or a snack - especially on a beautiful Autumn day.
Written June 5, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
The Serpentine has two halves. The western half in Kensington Gardens, known as Long Water, is more natural and quiet; the eastern half is busier and is where all the activity takes place, including the cafe and pedalos negotiating the swans and geese.

Discretely overlooking the lake is a monument to Queen Caroline who was responsible for its creation in 1730.
Written August 8, 2020
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Perry B
Hong Kong, China2,325 contributions
Feb 2020
There was great walking to be had again during my lightning trip to the City last winter. This was a special time before Covid had kicked in, but there was a sense of stasis, of pause, of suspended animation before some existential disaster befell England. Walking around this peaceful stretch of water helped allay some of that. it hadn't been too cold and there was some green grass poking through.
Written January 18, 2021
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Kafi R
1 contribution
Aug 2020
The manager lady refused to give our £5 deposit back despite returning the pedalo 3 minutes early on the hour. This is a very nice experience but beware of the deposit system and how this is managed - make sure you listen to all rules and regulations and beware this argumentative customer service. Shame.
Written August 6, 2020
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Gaurav C
New Delhi, India3,090 contributions
Mar 2019
This is a beautiful recreational lake in the Hyde park...offers stunning views of the park and the skyscrapers .. It also has a restaurant on one end..quite relaxing to just hire a boat on this man made lake..excellent to take stroll along it..
Written February 7, 2020
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SuzieQ
143 contributions
Nov 2021
Beautiful evening walk around the Serpentine (late Autumn November) just before sunset. Geese, ducks and many birds settling in for the night; undisturbed by fun fair of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park across the river. Have a drink, sit a while at the cafe and simply soak in the last of the sun rays before nightfall. Continue walking around to buzz of Winter Wonderland towards Knightsbridge shopping or to Hard Rock cafe on Piccadilly.
Written December 21, 2021
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Ben W
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Couples
We arrived an hour before the closing time on a scorching day for a date night and got turned away. Very disappointing as we’d travelled a fair distance and it ruined our plans. Not sure if the staff wanted to leave off early or what it was but there was still enough people on the lake. Wouldn’t return as a result of this.
Written August 4, 2020
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK1,513 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Took a stroll along the Serpentine in Hyde Park watching the boats and the wildlife. Plenty going on. Setting up for a triathlon or similar whilst we were there. It’s a peaceful location in the middle of a busy London. Makes you forget the hustle and bustle if only for a short while.
Written September 19, 2021
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RealDS
London, UK497 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Man this spot right here on a a hot summers day is the one!!!! I’d thoroughly advise you hook an about as opposed to half an hour. It’s £12pp & goes very quickly. You want to allow yourself some times to both paddle and float. Beautiful date vibes mandem!
Written June 14, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK153,512 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
This is a nice opportunity to get a unique view of Hyde Park, from The Serpentine. The boats are pedal powered, so should make the jaunt a little easier. As another reviewer has mentioned, it's not cheap. £10 for an adult or £24 for family of 4, and that's only for 30 minutes.

Anyone deciding to that this trip should be aware of our lovely changeable British weather. It was just our luck as soon as we got on the boat, it started raining.
Written May 11, 2019
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