The fantastic, sprawling expanse of Hyde Park is often nicknamed “London’s back garden”, as it’s such a vibrant and important part of central London life. With that being said, if you’ve been looking up special deals London hotels, make sure you fit in plenty of time to explore this beautiful space while you’re in the city. With so much to see and discover all through the year, it has something for everyone and it’s hard to ever feel bored here.
Read on for the perfect guide to exploring Hyde Park, including what to do while you’re there.
Find your perfect space
With over 350 acres of parkland to explore and 1,000 trees throughout, Hyde Park has ample space to explore when you visit. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to enjoy a little peace and calm, a beautiful place to enjoy with a special someone, or somewhere to play and have fun, Hyde Park has plenty of room for it all.
A great way to get a feel for the park is to look up a map beforehand to give yourself an idea of what you can find. If you’re staying in hotels near Hyde Park London, there are a number of entrances you can use to go into the park, depending on where you are.
To give you a rough idea of the layout of the park, there are some key attractions in each corner that can be useful in helping you navigate the park space. In the north-eastern corner, you’ll find the Speaker’s Corner, close to the Marble Arch monument just outside the park. In the south-east part of the park, you can find the beautiful Rose Garden, while in the south-west, near the Serpentine Lake, you’ll see the Princess of Diana Memorial Fountain, which is easy to spot.
Check out the historic monuments
A perfect way to spend a leisurely hour or two in Hyde Park is simply strolling around, taking in the many intriguing memorials and monuments dotted around the whole park. With centuries of history behind the park, many of the monuments commemorate important figures and events, but there are a few more light-hearted and surprising ones too. Look around, and you’re bound to discover something new each time you visit.
One of the most well known includes the stunning Diana Memorial Fountain, dedicated to the late Princess of Wales, featuring a uniquely designed fountain and pathway to reflect the many twists and turns of her own life. A calm and tranquil place, head down there when you need to clear your head or simply want to enjoy the soothing sound of water.
You can also see several monuments dedicated to animals of all kinds, such as the moving Animals In War memorial. This enormous sculpture and carved stone plinth were created to commemorate the lives of all the animals that died in wars and conflicts in British history, from humble glow worms, used by soldiers in World War One, as map lights, to powerful war horses.
With great options for accommodation in Hyde Park, it’s worth staying nearby so that you can really make the most of your time in this special park.
Learn about nature
With so much greenery around, it’s no surprise that Hyde Park is a great place to experience nature, close up. For families staying in hotels near Hyde Park London, exploring the wealth of animal life around the park is a great way to keep curious younger minds entertained and occupied.
In the centre of the park, you’ll find the LookOut, Hyde Park’s unique, eco-friendly space, dedicated to teaching visitors about the natural world, holding regular activities and exhibiting a variety of information. The gardens around the building are specially designed to show off the park’s rich environment in detail and feature ecological ponds, natural sculptures and wooden terraces to relax on. The LookOut also regularly hosts a variety of special classes and workshops, where you can learn fascinating facts about the park’s natural life.
For a more hands-on approach to the park’s wildlife, Hyde Park is a haven for all kinds of birds, small mammals and insects throughout the year. When in season, the wildflower meadow comes alive with a rich variety of colourful butterflies, while the trees are filled with all kinds of songbirds, as well as playful squirrels and more.
Take a walk over to the Serpentine to see the park’s resident wildfowl, including magnificent swans and exotic-looking grebes. And if you wait until dusk, you’ll also see the stunning sight of bats, swooping around the Serpentine Bridge at dusk.
Keep an eye for special events
As one of the biggest royal parks in London, Hyde Park is the perfect venue for all kinds of special events taking place in the city, from memorable open-air concerts and music festivals, to live performances and special markets. During the summer, Hyde Park is home to the ten-day British Summer Time extravaganza featuring a wealth of live music. Winter, meanwhile, plays host to the unforgettable Winter Wonderland, where the park is filled with an incredible variety of festive magic, from funfair rides and food stalls to sparkling lights, live music, circus, an ice rink and more.
The park also hosts a variety of special events to commemorate important occasions through the year, from Royal Gun Salutes to fun family days. Those who feel up to more of a physical challenge might love to take part in the monthly 5K race that takes place in the park on the last Friday of each month. If you prefer something a little more easy-going, the park also hosts regular walking tours of select parts of the park, which are a great way to explore and learn more about some of the special secrets within it.
If you’ve been lucky enough to find accommodation Hyde Park, take advantage of the great location and keep an eye on the Hyde Park events calendar (or check back here on our blog) to stay up to date.