One of the best known parks in London, Hyde Park encompasses many of the things that people love about the city’s green spaces. Teeming with attractions, secret gardens and cultural highlights, this vital “green lung of London” is one of the most visited by tourists. Whether you’re on the hunt for museums, activities or cycle rides, guests at accommodation near Hyde Park truly have the world as their oyster.
Visitors to London’s favourite royal park are probably very much aware of attractions like the Serpentine Gallery and lake, but there are many other unique attractions in this park that you might not have heard about. With the Signature Townhouse London just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and its neighbouring Kensington Garden, why not try and find these hidden secrets and activities in and around the crowning jewels of London’s royal parks.
Pedalo Or Row Boat?
The Serpentine Lake, or river, depending on who you ask, slices right through the heart of Hyde Park and was designed to separate it from Kensington gardens back in the 18th century. Nowadays, the glittering blue of the Serpentine Lake is home to a wealth of pedalos, rentable from the dock by the lake. However, it’s not just these easy riders that you can enjoy on the water, but rowing boats too, giving you the choice of arm or leg day.
Hyde Park’s Rose Garden
Situated close to Hyde Park Corner, the rose garden is a fragrant and colourful addition to the landscape of Hyde Park. opened in 1994, this landscaped selection of seasonal beds that change colour throughout the year. Perfect for a photo opp in summer or just before the frosts of winter, the Hyde Park Rose Garden provides an energising burst of colour for nearby guests at hotels in Hyde Park and its surrounding area.
Gaining fame in the 1880s’ when the Duke of Camrbidge’s wife’s dog was buried in the gardens of this Victorian lodge. Though it’s now disused and closed to the public, tours of this serene and rather cute pet cemetery do take place sporadically through the year. Otherwise, this garden of doggy tombs is left in peace.
Sun Loungers At The Lido
Guests of bed and breakfasts near Paddington Station can find even bigger bargains on the shores of the Serpentine Lido. During the summer time, you can rent out sun loungers dotted around the lake and open air lido, providing a basecamp for your Hyde Park hijinks.
Temporary Pavilions At The Serpentine
The Serpentine Gallery is a mainstay of the Hyde Park and Kensington Garden culture scene, but did you know that it’s Pavilion changes every year? Usually acting as a showcase for international designers, architects and artists, the Serpentine Pavilion is a unique structure that is open between June and October every year.
Opened in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee, the Jubilee Greenway is one of the most recent additions to the London walking trail scene. Spanning 60 kilometres around the centre of the city, the Jubilee Greenway passes through Hyde Park on its way from Buckingham Palace and is often overlooked by urban hikers.