London is actually a beautifully green city, with Hyde Park contributing to that massively. Totalling 350 acres, so as you can imagine, there is a lot to see and do! We are here to introduce a few of them to you, so you can make the most of this beautiful park and see all of the hotspots. Easily accessible by the London underground or you could drive and park at Care Park right by Hyde Park, you can spend the whole day here if you would like to as there is so much to do. So, let’s discuss a few of the best bits!
Hire Santander Bikes
If you want to get a full view of Hyde Park whilst also having fun, then a great way to do it is by hiring the Santander Cycles, London’s city bikes. There are at least 6 points throughout Hyde Park where you can pick up and drop off the bikes (and a further 800 docking stations around London if you want to explore further than Hyde Park), so you can use them for just as long as you want to! This is such a fun and easy way to see a larger area of the park without having to walk all the way around if you don’t want to. The first half an hour of hiring the bikes is free and then it costs £2 to access the bikes for 24 hours, as long as each journey is under 30 minutes long. For longer journeys, it costs an extra £2 for the extra 30 minutes. You can pay by bank card or download the Santander Cycles app!
See The Rose Garden
Next up, you’ve got to visit the rose garden. Roses tend to bloom twice a year, once around June and then once around September, so visiting the gardens at this time of year is ideal! It can be found in the South East corner of Hyde Park and features stong, beautiful scents. It’s nice and quiet, so makes the perfect location to take a book and relax for a feww hours. There is also a grand pergola in the park and two different fountains for you to explore.
Check For Events
Before visiting, you should check whether there are any events on at Hyde Park during your visit. There are always events on, like music events, free exercise and yoga classes, orchestral performances, discovery days for children and much more. Head over to royalparks.org.uk to have a look at the events and see if there is anything you’d be interested in! Even if there aren’t, there is always something exciting going on in around Hyde Park, as afterall, it is central London!
See Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is located just on the edge of Hyde Park, so is a must when you are exploring. Areas of the palace are available to the public where you can explore the King’s State Apartments, the Queen’s State Apartments, the Gardens and you can also enjoy the orangery cafe and shop. You can book tickets to access more of the palace, too. The palace is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as other member of the royals, making this a pretty iconic spot! It is very close to the Diana Memorial Playground, so make sure to visit this when you are in the area, too.
Look At The Memorials, Fountains and Statues
Throughout Hyde Park, there are a whole host of memorials, fountains and statues representing the history of the city. This includes the Diana Memorial Fountain, the 7th of July memorial to honour victims of the 2005 bombings, a Holocaust memorial and so much more. You really can spend all day taking a look around the park and admiring these beautiful memorials.