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Hyde Park
A diverse Royal Park

At 1.5 miles long and around a mile wide, Hyde Park is one of the largest of London's eight Royal Parks.

The land was appropriated in 1536 from the monks of Westminster Abbey by Henry VIII for hunting deer, and despite opening to the public in the early 1600s, was only frequented by the upper echelons of society. 

Hyde Park offers various activities for all ages. Enjoy boating in London's oldest boating late, The Serpentine, tennis courts, pitches for team games, cycling routes, a children’s playground, flower gardens and horse riding. There are over 4,000 trees in this relaxing setting, and some stunning waterside restaurants if you're feeling peckish.

Speakers' Corner is the famous place for open-air speaking, with debate and discussion taking place in the north east corner, by Marble Arch.

Dogs are welcome, and there is pay and display car parking available on West Carriage Drive, and in a car park towards the end of the Serpentine Bridge.