Hyde Park

Location

The Bayswater Inn Hotel is a 5 minute walk from Hyde Park in central London. The Hotel is on the North West Corner of Hyde Park making it accessible to Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens and the Diana Memorial Playground in particular.

 

History

In 1536 King Henry VIII acquired Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey. Its primary use was for hunting. The park was opened to the public in 1637 by King Charles I. The current layout of the park was designed by architect Decimus Burton in 1825.

 

Sights & Attractions

Hyde Park is one of London’s eight  Royal Parks attracting millions of Londoners and tourists each year. Consisting of 350 acres, Hyde Park is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

 

The Sepentine Lake is a large artifical lake located at the the south end of the park. The wife of King George II, Queen Caroline, had the lake built in 1730. It is popular for boating and swimming.

 

Speaker’s Corner is located on  on the north-east edge of Hyde Park. It is is a traditional site for debates and public speeches since the mid 1800’s when protests and demonstrations took place in Hyde Park. These days, usually on a Sunday morning, it is quite common to find crowds gathering at Speakers’ Corner to listen to enthusiasts expounding their views.

 

Diana Memorial Fountain was built using 545 pieces of Cornish granite – each shaped by the latest computer-controlled machinery and pieced together using traditional skills. The Fountain was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 6th July 2004 and aims to symbolise Diana’s quality and openness.

 

For more information on the range of activities and attractions available in Hyde Park visit the official site