London - Hyde Park/Queen's Gate

May 10th, 2004, 12:54 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,246
London - Hyde Park/Queen's Gate

My question is basically two-fold
1. Is it safe to walk around Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens in the early evening?

2. Any specific restaurant suggestions for families in Queen's Gate Garden area?
BetsyG is offline  
May 10th, 2004, 03:22 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,715
Do you realize during the summer it stays light til almost 10 pm? I didn't, despite having been to England many times but always during the fall/winter. The first time I was there in June, I fell asleep at about 5 pm for a "nap." When I woke it was "daylight" as I looked out my hotel window onto Kensington Gardens. I saw families with dogs & kids. I thought I had slept through the night because my watch said 9 o'clock. It was 9pm.
mclaurie is offline  
May 10th, 2004, 03:49 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,258
There is also a lovely children's play area in Kensington Gardens. It is called the Peter Pan Playground.

I don't have a restaurant suggestion but there is a grocery store called Waitrose near the park. It is on Gloucester Road right next to the Gloucester Road tube station. I was told by a local that it was an upscale market. We did a couple of picnics in the Gardens with food from there so you might consider that as well.
coldwar27 is offline  
May 12th, 2004, 02:46 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,246
Thanks, it will be nice to know we can hang out in the park as a break from sightseeing! Any other ideas of things to do in this area, besides museums?
BetsyG is offline  
May 13th, 2004, 09:18 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,715
Betsy, you will be right near the Albert Hall which is a great music hall. You might want to check their website to see what will be playing when you're there. I would also do a websearch for events and activities at Hyde Park. There may be events taking place during your stay that your kids might like-perhaps a race or something.

Finally, it sounds like you're staying at the Queensgate apartments. You should read through all the reviews on tripadvisor. Often as people review a place, they mention local restaurants or services they used that could be helpful.
mclaurie is offline  
May 14th, 2004, 03:38 AM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 370
That is a perfectly safe area--my favorite area actually. Besides Gloucester Road, you are a short walk to Kensington High Street, which also has restaurants and shops. The park is great and if you walk across it, which is not a long way, you are on Bayswater Road for more exploring. There's something in all directions. Have a wonderful time!
Holldoll is offline  
May 14th, 2004, 03:59 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 3,323
Logic - the "upscale" hotels, shops, architecture, etc. in this area dictates it is one of the safer parts of London.
m_kingdom2 is offline  
May 14th, 2004, 05:12 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,715
Have you seen this thread? Restaurants are not really family places but the walk might interest you. Have you considered doing a "London walks"?
mclaurie is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Feb 28th, 2008 07:44 AM
May 14th, 2004 06:33 AM
Jan 27th, 2004 12:57 PM
Sep 17th, 2002 11:53 AM
Oct 26th, 2000 07:02 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:19 PM.