Teeming city centres can make us feel both excited and overwhelmed at the same time. With any bustling atmosphere, we know there’s a lot about the said area that’s worth discovering. Otherwise, why would there be so many people? So we stride through, looking for the next shiny thing worth stopping to bask in. With all this sightseeing, attraction-hopping, and shopping, it might not be long before we’re feeling exhausted.
London’s inhabitants know this already, but for tourists, it can be quite a shock to realise just how much energy can be spent in a day out in the city. With so much vying for our attention, it’s clear; we need some way to relax in London. Thankfully, the capital boasts a series of parks that are perfect for a simple stroll, perfect to unwind and reflect.
Why parks are unique
Parks are liberating because they give us that much-needed sense of connection to nature we intrinsically desire. With all the benefits of the modern world we live, there’s a cost to a lot of the benefits we experience. Whether it be with the way we can easily communicate with anyone around the world, access information from a finger press away, we’ve become hyperstimulated. Visiting nature, allows us to ground our energy, and better understand the path we’re taking, enabling us to slow down and enjoy life more, especially if we’re on holiday.
A little background on Hyde Park
Regents Park, Hyde Park, St James Park and Richmond Park are part of some of the city’s most loved parks. Hyde Park, which has more than 4,000 trees, a lake, rose gardens, and a few attractions commemorating Princess Diana’s death, is perhaps the most famous park venue in the city. And that only makes sense considering its strikingly central location.
Created in 1536 by Henry III, Hyde Park continues to be the nature beach on of the city today. But it was only till 1637, that the park opened to the public. Interestingly, the current park layout was only manifested in 1825, by a man called Decimus Burton, responsible for many of the architectural projects in the city. Today, Hyde Park covers 142 hectares and is home to many famous landmarks such as the Serpentine Lake, the Serpentine Bridge, Speakers’ corner, and the Princess of Wales memorial fountain.
What you’ll find at Hyde Park that you won’t find elsewhere
Located on the outskirts of the city, Richmond Park is likely the only park in the city that’s larger than Hyde Park. While Hyde Park is without a doubt the most popular park in the city, we don’t feel it will suffice as your only park experience in the city. Regents Park despite being smaller, a little more charming and elegant. Thankfully, it’s not too far away from Hyde Park, just a 20 minutes’ walk or so, so you can visit both without a problem. Especially if you book your stay at one of the many Hyde Park hotels in the area.
Book your stay at the Hyde Park Hotel
Consider the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International, which is among the top hotels near Hyde Park. Staying at such a venue will not only give you the freedom to explore the fabulous park at a moment’s notice, but it’ll also provide you with the luxury comforts you crave while on holiday.