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“Very Pricey Winter Wonderland”
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Hyde Park
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Owner description: 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 Pricey Winter Wonderland”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

The event does not justify the high prices charged. London has a terrible reputation for being rip-off central and this Winter Wonderland is a typical example. Take the kids and you will need at least £100. Much less hassle and much more enjoyable to take them to the cinema for the afternoon.

Visited November 2012
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“The nicest park in the world!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

You can spend a whole day here if you want and not being bored!
There's everything from nice walks to restaurants and cafes, mini or maxi lakes, statues, works of art LOTS of squirrels etc.!!
You simply feel you are somewhere else other than the Centre of London
A must no doubt!

Visited November 2012
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“Hyde Park winter wonderland”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

I grew up in London during the sixties and seventies, and I have always been in love with this beautiful city. Hyde park is one of our largest London parks and a lovely place to stroll round the lake, have a row or even a swim. My favourite Sunday stroll was to the Round pond to watch the model boat enthusiasts and families flying their kites. This is a large park and if you manage a sunny day,a Borris bike is a splendid way to explore. Don't forget that Kensington, Harrods, the Royal Albert hall, the Albert memorial and the great British museums are all accessible from the park. OK, let's talk about the Winter Wonderland event. It's going to be busy and at peek times transport will be a nightmare. The underground service can get overwhelmed and often the stations will just close down until the backlog of passengers clear. At these times you will also find the buses are clogged and taxis all taken. The reason this event gets so busy is because it's free and really the only big Christmas event in London. So what do you get for your free ticket? Lots of sheds dressed up to look Christmassy and selling an underwhelming selection of hot sticky, gooy stuff. There's beer and sausages, hot chocolate, and toffee apples. When you have managed to negotiate the many sheds, you will arrive at the sort of events area. Here you will find an ice rink where you will be allowed to stumble round on the ice for a princely sum and asked to leave the arena after a not so princely amount of time. Then the circus, a tent with children's entertainment, always heavily booked. And then the fun fair. Good selection of rides, from quite hairy to little kids. Lots o kiosks selling more sticky gooey stuff. I must say that at night, with all the coloured lights and Christmassy decorations, you might manage a magical moment, but this will quickly disperse when you check your wallet later. The traders here are certainly not afraid of charging top dollar. If you want to experience this event, keep well away from weekends, make sure the kids have eaten before you go and limit the time you spend. Brisk walk round and get out. There's so much to do in London, so don't get caught with the 'Christmas must have for the kids ' stuff,
Take care, Pedroofpobla

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“London fabulous parks.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Liked all of it, the Kensington Palace, Serpentine gallery, lido cafe for a tea. Princess Diana Memorial fountain, the Royal Albert Hall, Prince Albert memorial, all fabulous.

Visited September 2012
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“Huge Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Loads of people walk through here, either as tourists, with mates or on the way home. It's often got things on, but I like it ust to walk round

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