Hyde Park

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Hyde Park One of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park provides visitors with a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city's streets. London England 51.5074332280821 -0.170717460327143
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  • Tube:

    Central Line: Marble Arch, Lancaster Gate, Queensway; Piccadilly Line: Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge

  • Phone:

    300 061 2000

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  • Hours:

    Daily 5am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Hyde Park Schedule of Events

Jun30Fri
Phil Collins

Concert / Pop / Rock

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Jul01Sat
Green Day

Concert / Punk

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Jul02Sun
Justin Bieber

Concert / DJ Event / Electro House / Pop

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Jul06Thu
Kings of Leon

Concert / Alternative Rock / Folk Rock

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Jul09Sun
Tom Petty

Concert / Folk Rock / Pop / Rock / Rock

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Hyde Park Videos

Foo Fighters Everlong - Live At Hyde Park
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Foo Fighters Everlong - Live At Hyde Park
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Rolling Stones, Brian Jones Tribute, Hyde Park 1969
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Eric Clapton Old Love Live in Hyde Park
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Blur - Live In Hyde Park (HD Trailer)
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Blur - Song 2, Hyde Park 2009
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The Killers at Hyde Park
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Blur - Hyde Park 2009
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Foo Fighters My Hero - Live At Hyde Park
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Party Earth Hyde Park Review

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One of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park provides visitors with a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city's streets.

One of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park provides visitors with a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city’s streets.

The Grand Entrance – more than a hundred feet in length – features massive columns and iron gates opening onto three hundred and fifty acres of tree-lined paths, lakes, memorials, and sprawling meadows.

Brilliant colors abound near Hyde Park Corner, where lush rose gardens fill the air with sweet smells and lure couples down to The Serpentine, a recreational lake that snakes through the park’s center.

Nautical newbies often tour the lake in rental boats, slicing their way through the water past the picnickers on the banks, under the Serpentine Bridge, and into Kensington Gardens, an adjoining but technically separate park.

An impressive array of amenities keeps visitors busy, from public tennis courts and British bowling and putting greens to an open field at the southern end that draws hordes of university lads to play touch rugby, cricket, softball, and rounders.

Fleet-footed rollerbladers, cyclists, and skateboarders careen down myriad designated trails, while walkers, joggers, and even horseback riders enjoy their own thoroughfares. The area is also home to the Diana Memorial Fountain – a massive oval streambed built in tribute to the late princess – as well as the famous Speaker’s Corner, where orators pontificate loudly on every topic from Parliament to pop culture.

An urban oasis in the heart of the city, Hyde Park is a great getaway for sightseeing, exercising, or taking a lunchtime nap.

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Tip from Emma:

If you get to the park around 10:30am, you might get a glimpse of the Household Cavalry as they ride from Hyde Park Barracks to Buckingham Palace. Then you can say you saw someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone…who probably knows some royalty.

  • Crowd

    All ages and walks of life.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Tennis, bowling, putting, and boat rentals. Players must bring their own tennis equipment.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen at the eastern edge of the lake, The Lido Restaurant and Lido Café just off West Carriage Drive near the Swimming Club, and the Tennis Centre Café near the southern end of Exhibition Road are all located within the park and serve mostly light fare like sandwiches, salads, and pasta.

    Concession stands throughout the park serve coffee, ice cream, snacks, and fresh sandwiches.

  • Prices

    Food £3–£18. Beer £2+, wine £4+/glass or £16+/bottle, soft drinks £2–£4, coffee £1.65+.

    Tennis £12–£13/hour, Putting £5/hour, Row or pedal boat £8–£10/hour. Deck chairs £1.50/hour or £7/all day (seasonal rental also available). Parking £1.40–£2.40/hour. Swimming £1–£4.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes, from riding gear and skater garb to jerseys and jackets.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any sunny afternoon.

  • Close By

    Green Park (Green Park, Piccadilly), a much smaller but idyllic grassy expanse, is a quick jaunt across the street from Hyde’s southeast corner.

Hyde Park User Reviews

Average rating:
Worth the time
Jorge C. Oct 8, 2013
Beautiful green place in the heart of London. Definitely an afternoon well spent.
one of the best places to be with nature.
Shyam K. Sep 18, 2013
Hyde park is very centrally located in London, with entry points from all around. if you love the historical places, then kensington Palace is right there, which has a beautiful history apart from the structure. The other side is the music theatre, thats buzzing. the mornings in the park is specially brilliant, as you come across variety of people, some practising Yoga, some cycling, some jogging, some sitting around the beautiful lake, also on sundays you would find people setting up an exhibition around the lake. the best part is there is no entry fee to the park and you can easily reach by London Bus.
Great place to relax
Jasmine C. Jul 10, 2013
Summer is officially arrived in London, think about where to have a picnic with friends? Which park to just being lazy and enjoy the sun? Well, you can't missed this park. it's my favourite park in London. When the sun come out in London, you know you got to go there early and get a great spot to relax. Not just tourists but also Londoner love Hyde Park. During the summer time there will be lots of outdoor concert holding in the park, in the winter you have to come and check the " Winter Wonderland". If you are tired of seeing all the concrete buildings around you and want a little bit of green in your day, you know where to go.
Great day in the sun!
Jazmine V. Apr 25, 2013
Hyde park is probably the biggest and most famous park in London...and rightly so! It's the perfect place to hang out, especially in the summer when the weather is real nice! There's always something to do with all that lovely green grass! It's the the perfect place for families - to have picnics on the grass, bring a ball and play catch, grab an ice cream for the kids or a refreshing beer for the adults or playing catch with the dog! Great place for teens and young peoplle too - people tend to be very social and chatty here - one could go skating, running or jogging, have a relaxing lazy day, go sun bathing, have water fights with friends...the possibilities are endless! The park is also closely located to many: - food joints, should you want to grab a meal whilst you are out - areas of entertainment i.e ice skating, arcades, cinemas - hotels and inns - bus stops and train stations And should be coming by bike, there are also lots of bike stands too! Great day for everyone! :D
Home Away from Home
Emily M. Apr 14, 2013
When I visited London, my friend and I stayed at Hyde Park Hostel for a week. My first official meal in London was at the Lido Cafe, overlooking the Serpentine. Each day we walked through the park, and there was something new to explore; Princess Diana's Memorial Fountain--which is one of the coolest fountains I've ever seen--the Serpentine, the statues and the architecture. The amount of history found at this park is amazing; being able to walk the same path as others have for hundreds of years was awe-inspiring. Although I went to London assuming Hyde Park was simply going to be a place to rest while I explored the rest of London, it quickly became one of my favorite things about the trip. Definitely not one to miss--there's something there for everyone!
Tranquility and Histroy in a Bustling City
Patricia D. Mar 4, 2013
Hyde Park consists of expansive grounds, architectural features, history, and a touch of romance. On a sunny spring day, which is a rare occasion, the park is filled with excessive amounts of people consisting of all ages. The park is quaint and inviting especially with individuals lying on the grass reading a book or children running around the ponds looking at the majestic swans. There is plenty of space for one to roam aimlessly with little to no distractions in the park. It’s a perfect place to clear one’s head. But at the same time if one is seeking adventure and activities Hyde Park has many to offer from the architectural features of the Marble Arch, Wellington Arch, and Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain to an open forum where individuals are allowed to speak freely on any topic they desire in the Speaker’s Corner, which takes place on Sundays. These activities create knowledge and provoke thought. Not only can the park be used as a place of refuge from a long stressful day, but also for challenging one's thoughts and creating a learning environment for individuals.Either for a relaxing afternoon or a moment to be wisped back in time one would suggest visiting Hyde Park for people watching, history, and a small piece of tranquility in a bustling city.
An Afternoon in Hyde Park
Craig H. Feb 22, 2013
Quaint pavillions, grand arches/columns, idle swans, roaming ducks, pleasant lakes, and a plethora of trees and walking paths: these are a few things you encounter when making a stroll through this wonderfully massive park. On first arrival to this park, I remember thinking: "what a lovely cosy park." Then I learned after my initial walk through it -- and getting lost in the process -- that its name was Hyde Park. Because the park is so large, it's very easy to feel that you unguiltingly have it to yourself. One of my favorite places that dots the perimeter of the park is Marble Arch. I don't know why I was so overly excited by something as basic as an arch, but I was. (I'll place the blame on my adrenaline of being in London.) Nonetheless, the site truly makes you in awe. Besides the fact that all of the US was made over a few hundred years, much of Europe gives the American visitor and sightseer something grand, steeped in history and richness. Marble Arch certainly gives you that feeling having been crafted out of white marble by John Nash in early 1800s for the purpose of serving as ceremonial entrance to the courtyard of the new Buckingham Palace. What's more, the park, like many parks, is a perfect place to grab a seat and people watch as mother's stroll their babies, university students play a game of American football (yes I know, I was aghast also), or to simply watch the world spin around you. Additionally, Kensington Gardens is steps away from the adjacent Hyde Park allowing you to hop between the two parks. Of which, Kensington Garden houses the Princess Diana Fountain and the Serpentine Gallery, which makes for a nice break after strolling about the grounds. In all, Hyde Park is a very pleasant place to visit for any occasion with lots of things to see, explore, and stroll aimlessly through.
Lovely
Craig B. Dec 13, 2012
Hyde Park is, to borrow Douglas Adams’s words, “big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is” (this was written in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy about space of course, but the English author’s sentiment describes Hyde Park pretty accurately. I was lucky enough to live pretty close to the grounds to be able to visit at least once a week but I don’t think I saw even half of it. It’s a great place for contemplation, which meant that for me it was an easy place to get lost. On more than one occasion, I would look up and realize that not only did I not know where I was, but the sun was setting and it would be very dark and very cold very soon. Nonetheless, if you’ve got down time and you’re in the Kensington/Chelsea area, I highly recommend you take a walk here.
Something for Everyone
Tara R. Dec 6, 2012
Hyde Park is huge. Like, Central Park huge. And there's always a ton of stuff going on. Even in winter where the last thing you want to do is stand outside, the Winter Wonderland set up on the East side of the park serves up mulled wine that will make you forget your frostbite. There’s an ice skating rink, amusement rides, and a little German-themed Christmas market. In the summer, Hyde Park was host to the BT London Live screenings of the Olympics and plenty of concerts that irritated the residents around Hyde Park because they were really freaking loud. And ditto missyf: this place never gets old.
SUCH a great park to run, picnic, and relax
Hayden F. Dec 5, 2012
i LOVE hyde park. it is so accessible and huge. there is a ton to do and always a lot of people strolling through it - but it is not overly crowded. you can definitely have some private space to relax. it is a great place to have a picnic or celebrate a holiday. i love going here on runs - the route never gets old and it is beautiful. at night it is also fun to go and drink some wine on the benches surrounding the pond... this place NEVER GETS OLD.... people tend to be friendly there too - make a few friends while you're at it!
My Favorite Park
Alli H. Nov 14, 2012
Hyde Park is THE BEST. It's very easily accessible (lots of tube stops are right around it) and is huuuge. There is so much to do there- there's a pond with paddle boats when it's not too cold, tons of fountains, flowers, running paths, and bike paths. The park is about 6 miles around so it's impossible to see the whole thing at once but you can't really go wrong anywhere in the park. I recommend running around the pond and taking a break to see people feed the ducks or people/dog watch. In the summer, the park has concert series and is a great place for a picnic or game of frisbee or soccer. If you've never been to London, definitely hit Hyde Park, especially because it's smack dab in the middle of an area with tons to do and beautiful houses!
The park of all parks.
Stephen R. Sep 15, 2012
Just living down the street from Hyde Park, it became a weekly gathering place for my friends and I. On our days off or in between classes we would waste so much time in the park just people watching, kicking the soccer ball around or renting Barclay’s bikes and going on a day long adventure. The park is huge so there’s always something new to find and or do. The park does throw some events from time to time and it often has art exhibitions going on. While I was there, British sculptor, Anish Kapoor had a few pieces scattered in the park which was pretty exciting. The trails are endless to bike or run on. The park is very pet friendly and you’ll bump into many cute pooches. On any sunny day, you’ll find tons of Londoners and visitors enjoying picnics and soaking up the sun. It really is the mother of all parks and a spot that is not to be missed if you find yourself in the area.
Lazy Days in Hyde
Kira A. Aug 8, 2012
Hyde Park is arguably one of the most beautiful places in all of London. The park is huge and there are countless flower-lined paths to stroll along and trees to lounge under. The pond in Hyde is always filled with paddle boats, ducks and swans. During the springtime you can spot mother swan and her little ducklings floating and feeding in the glistening water. There are lounge chairs that you can pay a couple pounds to sit on for the day, or if you don't feel like paying for leisure, you can lay out a blanket and food and have a picnic on the grass! On a sunny day Hyde Park is teeming with couples, families, joggers, bikers, and business people on lunch break. Hyde Park offers a tranquil break from otherwise bustling, busy London life and it was one of my favorite places to go in the city.
Perfect for the rare sunny London day!
Paula P. Aug 8, 2012
On thing that London definitely gets right are their big open parks. There are so many but Hyde park has to be my favorite. If the sun is shining definitely make your way over to Hyde park to take a stroll around the luscious grounds. It's a huge park and there are so many little corners and pretty hiding spots if you want a little privacy with a special someone. There are always plenty of people there... usually families with their little kids running around playing soccer (ehm excuse me, "football"). Though I never did it myself, I noticed that Hyde park also has pedal boats available to rent and take out on the water which seemed like soo much fun!
Londoners Love Their Parks
Madeline R. Aug 3, 2012
Sunshine or snowfall Hyde Park is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. I loved to run there but it is also a great place to take a picnic and meet with friends or just get lost in the maze of trees, statues (find the Peter Pan statue!) and water fountains. The park is huge and connects to five tube stations. Next to Hyde Park (at the end closest to Queenway and Bayswater tube stations) is the pristine Kensington Gardens which is the location of Kensington Palace and Princess Diana Memorial Playground. It is an absolute wonderland for children…I tried to get in but there was a lot of security and they don’t let “adults” in…ugh!
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