9 top-rated attractions around Hyde Park

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Not only one of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park is also one of the Royal Parks of the city, and it’s the biggest of four parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens.

Often Kensington Gardens is confused as being part of Hyde Park, but it’s actually been separate since 1728, since Queen Caroline made a division between the two.

Hyde Park itself

Covering 142 hectares, Hyde Park encompasses Speakers’ Corner, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial, London’s Holocaust Memorial and the 7th July Memorial, among many other interesting features of history and art.

Hyde Park is a place for you to walk, relax, picnic and learn thanks to all of its features and its massive size. Of course, it’s not only appealing by itself but it’s also close to several London attractions and landmarks, which means that it’s perfect to enjoy a whole day out with your family.

Explore Hyde Park in London

Take in some of the sights, then head to the park for a rest and some lunch and finish off by heading out to see some more of London’s amazing offerings.

There are so many things to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve outlined just nine attractions that you can enjoy around Hyde Park to get you off on the right track.

Kensington Palace and Gardens

Kensington Palace is a royal residence sent within the gardens that adjoin to Hyde Park and it has been home to the British Royal Family since the 17th century.

Currently, it’s the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Kent, among others.

Explore Kensington Park and The Royal Gardens

It makes for an excellent day trip for you and the rest of the family, as the State Apartments are open to the public and include an exhibition of coronation robes and the Queen’s Gallery, which show a display of royal portraits.

Architecture fans will appreciate the detailing on the Queen’s Staircase, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1690 and the special quarters of Queens Victoria, Mary and Anne. You’ll even get to see some of their personal possessions – it gives you a bit of an insider look at how the royals live!

The Duke of Wellington Museum: Apsley House

After coming to victory at Waterloo, the first Duke of Wellington bought Apsley House, although it isn’t clear if he did this to celebrate.

Apsley House

The Duke added the Waterloo Gallery to the house, which was the setting for some of London’s most lavish banquets.

In 1952, the building was opening as the Wellington Museum, which is actually a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Paintings you can see in its rooms include Velazquez’s Waterseller of Seville and pictures that were captured from the Spanish royal collection in 1813.

Enjoy these, Dutch genre paintings and British contemporary paintings, including ones depicting Chelsea Pensioners.

The Wellington Arch

Unsurprisingly, the Wellington Arch is located outside the Duke of Wellington’s former residence at Apsley House.

This arch is another commemoration of his victory at Waterloo and it features a bronze chariot carrying the figure of Peace.

For more photo opportunities nearby, go to see the bronze statue of Wellington on horseback, with its figures of a Grenadier Guard, a Scottish Highlander, a Welsh Fusilier and an Inniskilling Dragoon.

The arch has an exhibition that details the history of the structure, along with a gallery with rotating exhibits that will inform you on the heritage of England.

The Metropolis London Hyde Park Hotel

Although it isn’t technically an attraction, we reckon you’ll be pleased to know that the Metropolis London Hyde Park Hotel is just eight minutes’ walk from the park itself.

It’s well located to travel links, as it’s only two minutes’ walk from Paddington Tube and train station, so you’ll be able to get to the hotel via national rail services. London Heathrow airport also has an express train service directly to Paddington Station that takes around 20 minutes, so you can be at the hotel in no time when you land in London.

For those who love shopping, you’ll be pleased to know that the high street haven that is Oxford Street, is just 20-minutes walk away. If you just can’t wait, you can get the Tube from Paddington to Oxford Circus on the Metropolitan Line in only ten minutes.

Enjoy a luxurious stay at the Metropolis London Hyde Park Hotel thanks to the free Wi-Fi, upgraded rooms with courtesy fruit baskets on arrival and complimentary coffee and biscuits.

When it comes to breakfast, the continental and hot items are part of the price of your room, so you can make sure you start the day the right way.

The Albert Memorial

The Albert Memorial is a tribute to the royal romance of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and sees Albert seated under a richly decorated 190 ft canopy.

He holds the catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and around his pedestal are 178 marble neo-classical reliefs of artists and men of letters, and the corners of the pedestal are sculptured groups that symbolise manufacturing, engineering, commerce and agriculture.

Speakers’ Corner

We mentioned it previously, but Speakers’ Corner is a very important part of Hyde Park, as it’s a traditional forum for free speech.

You’ll find that it’s incredibly busy on the weekends, with people gathering to listen to people give their opinions on politics, world and current issues.

Anyone with a grievance mission, or someone who just has something to say can find an audience. It’s intended as a safe space for people to have their voice heard and be free from judgement. Of course, any live arena is going to be open to heckling but people who stand up on Speaker’s Corner are treated with respect and attention for the most part.

Hyde Park Corner

This is well known as one of London’s busiest road junctions but it’s definitely worth a visit while you’re in the area. It’s one of those spots that you have to see to say that you’ve been there at least once.

For those who are looking for more, the corner leads to Marble Arch and Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace and to Albert Hall and Kensington.

Heading west from Hyde Park Corner will take you to the world famous Harrods department store. Be careful though, people have been known to lose hours of time in there browsing – there’s so much to see!

We recommend you start at the food department to get some lunch before venturing to enjoy the jewellery, accessories, clothes and even pets.

The Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine Galleries are located either side of the Serpentine in the grounds of Kensington Gardens and they’re massively popular among tourists.

Considered among Britain’s most important contemporary art galleries, they’re popular with tourists, garnering more than a million visits every year.

During the summer, the gallery hosts a temporary summer pavilion created by a leading architect from the UK, which is then used for special exhibits and events. Artist work that has been on show in the pavilion over the years has included Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Henry Moore and Damien Hirst.

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