Hyde Park

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Hyde Park featuring a city, a garden and a pond

Once the private hunting grounds of a king, London's most famous park is today a place where everyone can enjoy gardens, monuments and music performances.

Hyde Park is one of London’s largest and most well-known parks. The park connects with Kensington Gardens and the two combined cover 630 acres (253 hectares). Together they form the centrepiece of a network of parks known as “London’s Green Lung.” Once the private hunting grounds of King Henry VIII, today the park is filled with heritage sites, monuments and events to attend all year-round.

Stop by Speaker’s Corner to hear orators debate and discuss the issues of the day. This is the site where public executions used to take place. Saddle up for a guided horse ride along Rotten Row, where London’s upper class once gathered to see and be seen. Rent horses and book tours at the nearby stables.

From March through October, rent a rowboat and glide across the expansive Serpentine Lake, which separates Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. During warmer months, take a dip in the Serpentine’s special swimming area.

Explore the numerous memorials within the park. Of particular note are the Diana Memorial Fountain, the Holocaust Memorial and the 7 July Memorial. The park is also home to some whimsical statues such as Broom Broom, the Drinking Horse and a family of Jelly Babies.

Hyde Park offers something for all ages and interests. Take part in sports ranging from tennis to football or enjoy a relaxing drink and meal at one of the park’s restaurants and bars. Deck chairs and bicycles are available for rent and there is a free driving service offering park tours for those unable to walk. In summer, the park hosts a variety of concerts and festivals, while in winter the park features a Winter Wonderland of carnival rides, an ice rink and Christmas markets.

While Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens function as one unified park during daylight hours, Kensington Gardens closes at dusk and Hyde Park remains open until midnight. Centrally located, Hyde Park is close to five Tube stations and offers limited parking for a fee.

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Top Hotels Close to Hyde Park

Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is ¥10,588 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hyde Park, Natural History Museum, and Queen Mary's Gardens. Oxford Circus and National Gallery ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (833 reviews)
"Location for all of the sightseeing was excellent, on the whole very good hotel, however daily room cleaning let it down slightly, there was a letter in the room to say they were short staffed, however housekeeping did go into the rooms everyday but didn't clean everything or replenish tea/milk ..."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Caesar Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel London
Hard Rock Hotel London
4.5 out of 5
Great Cumberland Pl, Marylebone, London, England
The price is ¥28,566 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Marble Arch, Oxford Street, and Park Lane. Hyde Park and Selfridges are also within 10 minutes. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (987 reviews)
"The windows don't open The rooms are quite small There was never enough staff to even answer the phone whenever I called "0" or the front desk My laundry got lost all three times and I waited 3 days for each of them."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel London
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St., an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St., an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Wrights Lane, Kensington, London, England
The price is ¥13,356 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 7
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kensington Palace, Olympia Conference and Exhibition Centre, and Royal Albert Hall. Buckingham ...
3.9/5 Good! (864 reviews)
"A nice clean very reasonably priced hotel"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St., an IHG Hotel
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Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is ¥10,471 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
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Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is ¥10,588 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Caesar Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel London
Hard Rock Hotel London
4.5 out of 5
Great Cumberland Pl, Marylebone, London, England
The price is ¥28,566 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Hard Rock Hotel London
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St., an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St., an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Wrights Lane, Kensington, London, England
The price is ¥13,356 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 7
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St., an IHG Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England
The price is ¥18,850 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
The Royal National Hotel
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, Mayfair London
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, Mayfair London
5 out of 5
Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, England
The price is ¥42,021 per night from Jan 8 to Jan 8
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, Mayfair London
St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
4 out of 5
54 Buckingham Gate, London, England
The price is ¥25,969 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
Corus Hyde Park Hotel
Corus Hyde Park Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Lancaster Gate, 1-7, London, England
The price is ¥12,040 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 6
Corus Hyde Park Hotel
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
4 out of 5
8 Northumberland Ave, (adjacent to Trafalgar Square), London, England
The price is ¥21,809 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
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