Hyde Park is one of 8 London royal parks and covers 350 acres of land. If you fancy taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Hyde Park features popular attractions such as the Serpentine Lake, Speaker’s Corner and The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Each November Hyde Park comes alive with the glitzy lights of Winter Wonderland which, with free admission, is a favourite Christmas destination for all ages.
St James’s Park
This is the oldest royal park in London. The Trooping of the colour, the Queen’s official birthday, takes place annually in this spectacular park. A grand processional route, The Mall, is remembered well from unforgettable events such as the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Take The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk (7 miles long) or hire a deck chair and watch life pass by.
The smallest of all the royal parks, Green Park is located in the city of Westminster and overlooks Buckingham Palace. Probably the most peaceful of all the parks, it is spread over 47 acres of land between Hyde Park and St James’s Park and with only a few monuments to keep you company (The Canada Memorial by Pierre Granche, the Constance Fund Fountain and the RAF Bomber Command Memorial). Green Park is a great place to relax and unwind.
In 1536, Henry VIII created hunting grounds on the land of the current Kensington Gardens. Almost 200 years later, in 1728 Queen Caroline separated Kensington Gardens from remainder of Hyde Park. This is a magnificent park to visit with sights such as Kensington Palace, The Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Galleries, Peter Pan statue and Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. Between Kensington and Westminster you will find the ‘green lung’ of the city which is Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park all joined together.
Regent’s Park was designed by the celebrated architect John Nash and is home to Queen Mary’s Gardens with 400 different varieties of roses. This is the largest sports area in the heart of London and activities such as tennis, rugby and football are played here. What else could you find here? Well, there is London Zoo, the OpenAir Theatre, 100 species of wild birds and to top it all another park called Primrose Hill offering fine views of Westminster.