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London: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (Attractions)

London: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (Attractions)


Nearest Stations: Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate, Paddington and Queensway
Entry price: Free
Typical opening hours: 05:00 to 0:00 year-round for Hyde Park. 06:00 to dusk (between 16:15 to 21:45) for Kensington Gardens.

Once Henry VIII’s hunting grounds, today these Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combine to make the largest royal park in central London, spanning some 625 acres. Today, the two parks blend almost seamlessly and offer many sights.

The Serpentine is the largest manmade lake in London – here you can hire out a pedalo or a rowing boat and glide across the area. It is truly relaxing. 

Boat hire is available from April to the end of October from 10:00 to sunset. The hourly rate is £12 per adult and £5 per child. Those fancying a dip may swim at the park’s lido.

For the truly warm days, you can sprawl on the grass or hire out one of the deck chairs to sunbathe.

For the colder months of the year, why not pop into the park’s several cafés? Numerous playgrounds and restaurants are dotted about the parks too.

The Serpentine Gallery and The Serpentine Sackler Gallery are both free admission and include art, architecture and temporary exhibitions. They are open from 10:00 to 18:00 Tuesday to Sunday.

Other highlights of the parks include The Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, the Diana Memorial Playground, and the Italian Gardens and Fountains in Kensington Gardens, which are worth a visit for their beautiful design.

Many statues, fountains and memorials are also dotted around both parks.

On the western end of the Park you will also find the Royal Albert Hall, as well as Kensington Palace.

Speakers’ Corner on the north-east corner of Hyde Park, close to Marble Arch, is also another notable attraction. Here, on Sundays, people will gather to hear others exercise their right of free speech. You will find people on soapboxes talking about daily life, politics, the media and all manner of other subjects – and you can come and listen, for free of course. There are just three rules for the speakers: one cannot insult the monarch, incite a riot nor beg for money. Anyone can participate by speaking, or simply watching.

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