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Hyde Park

Once the private hunting grounds of a king, London's most famous park is today a place where everyone can enjoy gardens, monuments and music performances. 

Hyde Park is one of London’s largest and most well-known parks. The park connects with Kensington Gardens and the two combined cover 630 acres (253 hectares). Together they form the centrepiece of a network of parks known as “London’s Green Lung.” Once the private hunting grounds of King Henry VIII, today the park is filled with heritage sites, monuments and events to attend all year-round.

Stop by Speaker’s Corner to hear orators debate and discuss the issues of the day. This is the site where public executions used to take place. Saddle up for a guided horse ride along Rotten Row, where London’s upper class once gathered to see and be seen. Rent horses and book tours at the nearby stables.

From March through October, rent a rowboat and glide across the expansive Serpentine Lake, which separates Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. During warmer months, take a dip in the Serpentine’s special swimming area.

Explore the numerous memorials within the park. Of particular note are the Diana Memorial Fountain, the Holocaust Memorial and the 7 July Memorial. The park is also home to some whimsical statues such as Broom Broom, the Drinking Horse and a family of Jelly Babies.

Hyde Park offers something for all ages and interests. Take part in sports ranging from tennis to football or enjoy a relaxing drink and meal at one of the park’s restaurants and bars. Deck chairs and bicycles are available for rent and there is a free driving service offering park tours for those unable to walk. In summer, the park hosts a variety of concerts and festivals, while in winter the park features a Winter Wonderland of carnival rides, an ice rink and Christmas markets.

While Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens function as one unified park during daylight hours, Kensington Gardens closes at dusk and Hyde Park remains open until midnight. Centrally located, Hyde Park is close to five Tube stations and offers limited parking for a fee.

Popular Activities at Hyde Park

Ensure you have lots of time at Hyde Park. Below are some of the top things to do:

When organising your excursion, you might want to think about purchasing a London Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and a London City Hop On-Hop Off Bus + Walking Tour & River Cruise.

If you're looking for more options, examine our London things to do page.


Guide to Exploring Hyde Park


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Point A Kensington Olympia NZ$109
Point A Kensington Olympia

Point A Kensington Olympia

42-48 West Cromwell Road, London, England
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Kensington, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kensington High Street, Natural History Museum, and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Victoria and Albert Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Earl's Court Station is 8 minutes by foot and West Kensington Underground Station is 9 minutes.

    Queens Park Hotel NZ$78
    Queens Park Hotel

    Queens Park Hotel

    48 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

      Thistle Kensington Gardens NZ$195
      Thistle Kensington Gardens

      Thistle Kensington Gardens

      104 Bayswater Road, London, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace. Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College London are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 5 minutes.

        The Rembrandt NZ$306
        The Rembrandt

        The Rembrandt

        11 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are also within 15 minutes. South Kensington Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and Gloucester Road Underground Station is 11 minutes.

          Hard Rock Hotel London NZ$406
          Hard Rock Hotel London

          Hard Rock Hotel London

          Great Cumberland Pl, Marylebone, London, England
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Marble Arch, Oxford Street, and Park Lane. Hyde Park and Baker Street are also within 5 minutes. Marble Arch Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bond Street Underground Station is 9 minutes.

            Hilton London Metropole NZ$283
            Hilton London Metropole

            Hilton London Metropole

            225 Edgware Road, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oxford Street, Park Lane, and Marble Arch. Hyde Park and Baker Street are also within 15 minutes. Edgware Road Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Paddington Underground Station is 7 minutes.

              Central Park Hotel NZ$102
              Central Park Hotel

              Central Park Hotel

              49/67 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

                The Grosvenor Hotel NZ$327
                The Grosvenor Hotel

                The Grosvenor Hotel

                101 Buckingham Palace Road, London, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Apollo Victoria Theatre and Victoria Palace Theatre. Buckingham Palace and Green Park are also within 15 minutes. Victoria Underground Station and London Victoria Rail Station are within a 2-minute walk.