It can be tempting to jet off abroad at the first sight of a holiday, but staying in London can be well worth it – there is so much to do, see and enjoy and there are always special offers in London hotels. If not for the following seven reasons, there is always the Premier Club rewards for London hotels to keep in mind! Don’t just stay anywhere in London, though, because a Staycation near Hyde Park is where all the fun happens.
South of Hyde Park is the golden triangle of museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, each offering such a unique, intriguing and informative experience that you may even want to spend two days on each to make the most of all it has to offer. All of them are free, with encouraged donation points, so you can really make the most of your staycation by learning as much as possible and ogling at incredible artefacts and exhibitions.
First is the National History Museum, which is the fourth most visited museum in the United Kingdom, likely due to how it is brimming with an incredibly large range of items, artefacts and specimens from throughout natural history, from ancient sloths and British wildlife to space missions and the moon’s effect on planet earth. There are regularly changing exhibitions as well as old-faithful instalments such as the skeleton of a blue whale in the entrance hall.
Next up is the Science Museum, a metaphorical step in the other direction from natural history as well as a literal step down the road. While the Natural History Museum showed and exhibited the world as it is, around human beings, the Science Museum shows the way human beings have existed and developed within that world, from the invention of the motorcar to the evolution of the washing machine. Tools, science, technology and human ingenuity have created a world heavily dependent on scientific development, making this museum an equally important tool to understand the world as the Natural History Museum.
Finally, the V&A Museum, founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which has not stopped expanding and informing the public since that time. It is the biggest museum in the world for applied and decorative arts and design and sculptures, it is the permanent home to 2.27 million objects.
- The Serpentine Lake
The Serpentine Lake in the centre of Hyde Park is one of the primary reasons you will want to book a room as close to the park as possible, such as Hyde Park. There is so much to do surrounding the lake that it requires a full-blown staycation to enjoy, not just one day. If the weather is right, you can head to the Serpentine Lido for a swim, sunbathe and cocktail whilst basking in the sun overlooking beautiful views of the lake. If the day is bright but brisk and getting wet and cold is not on your agenda, then take a stroll to Bluebird Boats Ltd and hire either a paddle or pedal boat and explore the river and the wildlife swimming about in it. Alternatively, you could hop onto the SolarShuttle boat, which is more of a ferry but perfect for seeing the river and its surroundings without breaking too much of a sweat. If you’d prefer to remain land-bound for the day, you could take a walk from Serpentine on Rotten Row, a walk dating back hundreds of years that really gives you a good sense of Hyde Park’s vastness.
- Landmark Spotting
Hyde Park is perfect for those looking for landmarks to snap photos of and visit. The entire park is sprinkled with them, and the most notable to see are the following: Rangers Lodge, Reformer’s Tree, Joy of Life Fountain, Speaker’s Corner, the Norwegian War Memorial and the Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial. There is nothing quite like learning about a particular area’s history whilst being in and amongst it.
Art in London is seemingly never-ending, in the best possible way. A staycation in Hyde Park means you won’t even have to travel very far to find it, too. There are two Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park, both within a five-minute walk of each other. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery was designed by artist Zaha Hadid, and so the building itself is a sight to see. Both hosts world-famous temporary exhibitions, so often the experience is different. Thus, even if you are staying at home in London rather than visiting, you are likely to see something new and exciting on a reasonably regular basis
Hyde Park is a peak shopping district in London, so staying at home does not have to mean not buying new things to spice up your life. One of the world’s most renowned department stores, Harrods, sits just south of Hyde Park and is an experience both staycationers and vacationers flock to. It can take you hours exploring the numerous levels, with everything you can imagine available with just a tap of your card! But don’t get so swept up in this shopping haven that you forget about other incredible must-visit flagship stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Browns. You could spend your whole staycation just weaving your way through the aisles if you wanted – but there is so much else to do that maybe you will have to limit yourself to a couple of days!
A staycation may not always seem as exotic as a beach somewhere remote, but having a staycation does not mean just staying in all day. On the contrary, this is your opportunity to explore all the incredible restaurants that Hyde Park is famous for. If it’s high-end Japanese food you fancy, head to Zuma London in Knightsbridge. If you’re thinking more of an upscale Italian vibe, then Osteria Romana is your port of call. If you really want to taste British cuisine at its finest, then book yourself a spot at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal where this world-famous chef cooks food representative of British history with culinary flair and perfection.
- Park events
Last but not least, one of the best reasons for a staycation in Hyde Park is because of all the exciting events that it hosts throughout the year, but especially in the Summer. Between family-orientated walks exploring the bat population of the park, exploring the history of horses in Hyde Park and visiting some along the way, and music concerts on the Hyde Park Bandstand, there is something almost every weekend (and sometimes weekdays) to make sure you are constantly happy and entertained.
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