Fodor's Expert Review Hyde Park

Notting Hill Park/Playground
Free Fodor's Choice
Runner, Hyde Park, London, England

Along with the smaller St. James's and Green parks to the east, the 350-acre Hyde Park grew out of Henry VIII's hunting grounds. Along its south side runs Rotten Row, once Henry's royal path to the hunt—the name is a corruption of Route du Roi (Route of the King). It's still used by the Household Cavalry, who live at the Hyde Park Barracks, a high-rise and a low, ugly red block to the left. You can see the Guardsmen in full regalia leaving on horseback for guard duty at Buckingham Palace at about 10:30 (or come at noon when they return). Hyde Park is wonderful for strolling, cycling, or just relaxing by the Serpentine, the long body of water near its southern border. On the south side, the Lido Café and Bar by the 1930s Serpentine Lido is a good spot to refuel, and close-by is the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. On Sunday, you'll find the uniquely British tribute to free speech, Speakers' Corner, close to Marble Arch. Though not what it was in the days before people could... READ MORE

Along with the smaller St. James's and Green parks to the east, the 350-acre Hyde Park grew out of Henry VIII's hunting grounds. Along its south side runs Rotten Row, once Henry's royal path to the hunt—the name is a corruption of Route du Roi (Route of the King). It's still used by the Household Cavalry, who live at the Hyde Park Barracks, a high-rise and a low, ugly red block to the left. You can see the Guardsmen in full regalia leaving on horseback for guard duty at Buckingham Palace at about 10:30 (or come at noon when they return). Hyde Park is wonderful for strolling, cycling, or just relaxing by the Serpentine, the long body of water near its southern border. On the south side, the Lido Café and Bar by the 1930s Serpentine Lido is a good spot to refuel, and close-by is the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. On Sunday, you'll find the uniquely British tribute to free speech, Speakers' Corner, close to Marble Arch. Though not what it was in the days before people could use the Internet to vent their spleen, it still offers a unique assortment of passionate, if occasionally irrational, advocates literally getting up on soapboxes. Summer sees giant pop concerts with top artists while during the Christmas season the park hosts a "Winter Wonderland" amusement park, Christmas market, and ice rink.

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Park/Playground Free Fodor's Choice Family Green

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London, Greater London  W2 2UH, England

030-0061–2000

www.royalparks.org.uk

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