One of the London’s eight Royal Parks that welcome millions of Londoners and tourists every year, Hyde Park is spread over 350 acres, where one can enjoy boating, swimming, cycling, horse riding and more. At this park, one can see famous landmarks in the form of memorials and statues, along with famous lakes and fountains. The largest of the four royal parks situated in Central London, Hyde Park, is divided by the Long Water and Serpentine. The park came into existence when Henry VIII took this land from Westminster Abbey in 1536 to use it as hunting grounds. Interestingly, it was the canons of Westminster Abbey from which the park acquired the Manor of Hyde.
The popularity of Hyde Park reached its peak when rock music stars like The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Queen chose this Park for their concerts, with free entry. Since then, Hyde Park has hosted numerous commercial shows. So, if you are in London, don’t miss this iconic site. There are some great options for accommodation near Hyde Park, such as The Westbourne Hyde Park, which is one of the best 4-star hotels in London, offering everything you expect from a luxury boutique hotel. Let us take a look at the landmarks that you must see in Hyde Park.
Famous Landmarks in Hyde Park
- Serpentine: Constructed by an order from Queen Caroline, wife of King George II, in 1730, Serpentine is a large artificial lake, popular for swimming and boating, located at the south end of the park, extending northwards into the nearby Kensington Gardens. In Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine is known as Long Water.
- Diana Memorial Fountain: Diana, Princess of Wales, the first wife of Prince Charles, was one of the most adored members of the British royal family. A memorial has been installed in her honor in the form of a modern fountain resembling an artificial stream, just southwest of the Serpentine. Most boutique hotels near Hyde Park do not forget to mention this fountain as a nearby attraction.
- Rotten Row: Also known as the King’s Road, Rotten Row is a great four-mile-long bridle path at the south end of Hyde Park. This road is a favorite jogging route and used for horse riding as well.
- Speakers’ Corner: Since the 19th century, the park has been hosting demonstrations and free speeches, for which the Speaker’s Corner was established, where every Sunday people stand on a soap box to proclaim their political or religious views.
- Marble Arch: Design by John Nash, from the Arch of Constantine in Rome, Marble Arch is situated in the north-east corner of Hyde Park.
- Still Water (Right) and Genghis Khan (Left): These are two large modern statues that lie between a series of fountains that lie to the east of Marble Arch.
- Achilles Statue: This is the largest statue in the park, made of bronze, created by Richard Westmacott and installed in 1822 to honour the Duke of Wellington, when he won against Napoleon’s army at Waterloo.
During your visit you will also see Reformers’ Tree, Isis, the highly spectacular Rose Garden, The Boy and Dolphin Fountain and the Joy of Life Fountain. Do not waste another second thinking about it, book your accommodation at the best boutique hotels near Hyde Park to see all these sights and more!