Monthly Archives: March 2013

London’s Hyde Park – The Ideal Place for Anyone Who Loves the Outdoors

London’s rich history, high diversity and the fact that it is one of the largest metropolises in the world make it an alluring place for every tourist. In fact, London is the kind of city where even the highly meticulous tourist – who has done his homework and created a to-do list based on various travelling guides and personal exchanges – might get overwhelmed very quickly. 

Perhaps one of the most emblematic attractions, besides the Buckingham Palace of course, is the notorious Hyde Park. Granted, everyone knows about Hyde Park and most people are familiar with its unmatched beauty, thanks to postcards and photos. Still, few people have actually taken the time to walk from end to end and discover the mysteries of this lush territory which is only just down the road from B+B Belgravia.

In the following guide we will summarize some of the most fun activities to indulge in whilst visiting Hyde Park. However, keep in mind that this is only the tip of the iceberg, as there are many other things to do and see here as well as in the royal neighborhood of Belgravia.

The Serpentine Lake

If you enjoy bird watching but don’t want to travel halfway across the globe to pursue your hobby then the Serpentine Lake is the perfect place to settle into your element. Renowned for numerous geese, swans and other birds pecking around the perimeter, what better way to spend a lazy afternoon than sipping a glass of wine and admiring the sights? And, if you’re in the mood for a little activity you could always go for a dip in the water at the swimming club in its vicinity or rent a small boat for some moderate paddling around the lake.

Rent a folding chair

In case you want to get away from the hectic city life for a few hours and reconnect with Mother Nature, then an affordable way to have your little sanctuary implies renting a folding chair. These chairs can be found all over the Park, can be easily recognized by their green and white stripes and can cost less than 2 pounds.

Kensington Gardens & Palace

In all honesty, you simply can’t say you visited Hyde Park without taking a tour of the famous Kensington Gardens & Palace, the place where the wonderful Princess Diana herself resided. Nowadays, the site includes a memorial in honor of the late Princess of Hearts as well as an impressive art gallery featuring modern and contemporary exhibits.

Speaker’s Corner

Founded approximately 150 years ago, the Speaker’s Corner is one of the most famous open-air public speaking, debate and discussions spots in the world. However, if you want to be swept off your feet and take part in a memorable session of soapbox theatrics then it is best to visit Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner on Sunday mornings.

Hyde Park sports

In the eventuality that you are visiting Hyde Park with a few of your closest friends, then some exciting ways to spend the day entail playing tennis, going head to head in a match of touch football or signing up for a horse riding lesson. Alternatively, if your visit is relatively short and you want to make sure you see most of Hyde Park, then consider renting a bike from one of the numerous stations within.

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Roald Dahl Comes to the Stage in London

As one of the busiest cities in the world, arguably rivalled in it’s atmosphere and energy only by the iconic New York City in the US, London can absolutely guarantee to play host to an activity that any individual, regardless of taste, ability or preference can partake in and enjoy. Upcoming in the Summer of 2013 therefore, there’s an exciting new theatre production coming to town which tickets will become available for soon – looking for a place to stay while you take the trip? You know where we are!

Roald Dahl is regarded as one of the top children’s authors in the world and has been entertaining adults and children alike for decades. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his much-loved children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and what better way to celebrate the milestone than by seeing the story told to you live on stage!

The brand new stage adaptation will premier in London in June at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and promises to be as exciting and memorable as both film versions have been. The story is brought to life through music and lyrics written by the same people who brought us the hit musicals Hairspray and Smash and stars former Young One actor, Nigel Planer, as Grandpa Joe.

Award-winning playwright David Greig is the one responsible for bringing us the stage adaptation of the musical and is well known for bringing classic productions such as The Bacchae and Tintin to the modern stage. The story has been regarded as fantastical, yet it also has strong moral lessons about greed and sinfulness and as it was a cautionary tale for many new parents when they were children, so shall it be for the new generation of golden ticket hopefuls!

London’s West End is world-renowned and the perfect place to start your children’s fascination with theatre. It’s also a wonderful way to reignite your own passion for it as well as being a fantastic opportunity to spend some quality time with both your children and your own inner child.

If you’re planning a weekend away in London to watch one of the many shows in the west end, why not stay at our bed and breakfast in the heart of London’s theatre district.