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Hyde Park, London
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London W2 2UH
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ACTIVITIES
Garden / Park
Boating & Sailing
Play Area
Cycling
Horseback Riding
Tennis
Ice Skating
 
 
 
 

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Hyde Park is one of London's most popular parks. It boasts a boating lake and swimming hole. It's a fun spot to cycle, rollerblade and horseback ride. It's the place to get on a soapbox. It has three children's playgrounds. It has a wildlife meadow, rose garden and more than 4000 trees. It has a fountain that's ok to use. It covers 142 hectares and, when combined with neighboring Kensington Gardens, is one of London's largest green spaces. Row a boat and pedalo on the Serpentine, as the park's snake-shaped lake is called. Hire deckchairs. Swim at the lido. Picnic in the green. Ride horses on Rotten Row. Ice skate in winter. Exercise the right of free speech on an impromptu platform at Speaker's Corner. Employ the right of assembly by listening to others. Dip tired toes in the Diana Fountain, a memorial to the Princess of Wales. Relax on the grass and think back in time. Hyde Park was once a royal hunting ground.
Getting There
 
Hyde Park is located in central London and is sandwiched between Bayswater, Mayfair and Knightsbridge. The park is easily reached by tube and bus. The nearest tube stations are Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge. Buses 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 30, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 148, 274, 390, 414 and 436 all stop near the park as do the many open-top tour buses. The park is outside the congestion charging zone. Parking is limited. There are numerous cycle docking stations in and around Hyde Park.
Getting Around
 
Speakers Corner is located between Park Lane and Cumberland Gate. The Serpentine is situated in heart of the park. The Diana Memorial Fountain is sited on the south side of the lake. There are two playgrounds in the park's northern reaches, one at Westbourne Gate and one at Lancaster Gate. The third park playground is near Edinburgh Gate. Hyde Park Stables is located just north of Hyde Park at 63 Bathurst Mews. All horseback rides take place in the park.
Hours & Times
 
The park is open daily 5:00 to midnight. Serpentine Lake is open 10:00 to twilight Easter through October. The Diana Memorial Fountain is open 10:00 to dusk year around. Special events are regularly scheduled; some require pre-registration. Advance booking is required for horseback rides and riding lessons as well as ice skating.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Entrance to the park is free. A fee is charged for horseback activities. An hourly rate is charged for rowboats, pedalos, deck chairs, and ice skating. Children must be at least 5 years of age to ride horses at Hyde Park Stables.
 
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