Things to Do in Hyde Park, London

Things to Do in Hyde Park, London
Hyde Park is located in central London. It was once a private hunting ground for royalty. Today, it is one of the Royal Park's of London. Visitors to Hyde Park might be surprised by just how much there is to do in one park. Whether you want to spend the day on the water at the Serpentine or explore this massive park, you'll certainly find plenty to keep you occupied.

Boat Rentals

Dividing Hyde Park into two parts is the Serpentine, a 28-acre lake. From Easter to October, the Boat House at the Serpentine rents boats. The Boat House has rowing boats and pedal boats available. As of 2009, rentals run about $6.50 (4 pounds) for a half-hour rental for an adult in a row or pedal boat. Or for about $5 (3 pounds), you could take a ride on the SolarShuttle, a pontoon boat made from glass modules that collect solar power to power the boat. The SolarShuttle ride begins at the Boat House and ends at the Lido.

Boat House
Hyde Park
London
W2 2UH
011 (+44) 207 262 1330

Swimming

Swimming is another summertime activity at Hyde Park. The Serpentine Lido and the paddling pool are open to swimmers between June and September. However, if you happen to be visiting in the winter, you might still see people in the water because the Serpentine Swimming Club is allowed to swim in the morning, even in the winter, in preparation for its famous Peter Pan Christmas Day race.

Serpentine Lido
Hyde Park
London
W2 2UH

Tennis

If you enjoy tennis, you could bring your racket to Hyde Park. The park has a tennis center that features six tennis courts, as well as changing rooms, a café and even a bowling green.

Tennis Center
Hyde Park
London
W2 2UH
011 (+44) 207 262 3474

Walking

Hyde Park sits on 350 acres, making it one of London's biggest parks. It's an interesting place to explore on foot. Park attractions include the Diana Fountain, which opened in 2004 as a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales. There is also the July 7 memorial, which features 52 pillars erected in memory of the victims of the July 7, 2005, London bombings. If you enjoy horticulture, stop by the Rose Garden, which has beautiful roses and shrubs that grow year-round.

Hyde Park
London
W2 2UH

Horseback Riding

Another great way to see Hyde Park is on horseback. The park has both a horse-riding arena as well as two dedicated horse-riding routes. Hyde Park stables also offers both group and private riding lessons in Hyde Park as well as at the Arena. Riding lessons are available to children as young as 5.

Hyde Park Stables
63 Bathurst Mews
London
W2 2SB
011 (+44) 207 723 2813
http://www.hydeparkstables.com

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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