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.
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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