Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens
- Type: Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Once the recreational stomping grounds for King Henry VIII, this long swath of green stretching from Kensington Palace in the west to Oxford Street in the east is now open to the public and a must-visit for travelers looking for a relaxing moment away from the city's hustle and bustle. Among Hyde Park's meandering foot and bike paths and flourishing flora and fauna, you'll find a few standout attractions that are worth exploring. Watch the swans and boats glide over the serene Serpentine Lake (or rent a vessel yourself), visit the Diana Memorial Fountain or stop by the Speaker's Corner, a site for public speeches and debates since the 19th century (previously used by Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell).
If you continue on the memorial walk you'll likely pass through Kensington Gardens where you'll find the ornate Albert Memorial, the Italian Gardens and the Diana Memorial Playground. Hyde Park is free to all visitors and is open year-round from 5 a.m. to midnight, while Kensington Gardens opens at 6 a.m. daily. The tube stations that surround Hyde Park are Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, and Knightsbridge. To find out more about seasonal events and other parks around London, visit the Royal Parks website.
Nearby Things To Do
Buckingham Palace1.4 miles away
Portobello Road Market1.5 miles away
Piccadilly Circus1.6 miles away