Hyde Park Explorations

What started out as an enclosed deer park by James I, Hyde Park grew to be one of the largest parks in Central London and definitely the most well-known. Now a place for recreation, politics, adventure and sightseeing, the park aims to please anyone from local bystanders to adventurous travelers. Originally named “Serpentine Park,” mainly due to the curvilinear Serpentine Lake that runs through its center dividing the park in two, Hyde Park was first opened to the public by Charles I in 1637. Now tourists, vacationers and locals are free to roam about and explore this beautiful, history-laden, yet still current park.
Once inside the park, it’s evident that its 350 acres are not just filled with beautiful landscaping and bodies of water. Travelers passing through can partake in open-air public speaking in the Speaker’s Corner or they can pass through Rotten Row on their way to visit Kensington Palace, located on the far side of Hyde Park. Park Lane hotels are also in close proximity and easy to find. You can book a room at any Park Lane hotel and explore Hyde Park immediately. Rotten Row, formerly known as ‘The King’s Private Road’ in 1689 to William III, has much speculation as to why it gained the name ‘Rotten Row’. Ironically enough, Rotten Row was a popular meeting place for rich Londoners. Today Rotten Row is not used nearly as much as in its eighteenth century heyday however it’s still kept as a place to ride horses for locals and tourists passing through hoping to gain a sense of times past.
Sentimental tourists can also visit and pay their respects to Hyde Parks memorial sites such as the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial and the Holocaust Memorial to name a few. This magnificent park has also hosted concerts for several well-known artists such as Pavarotti, Sting and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Although dating back to the sixteenth century, Hyde Park is very much still bustling with new and exciting upcoming events such as the 2012 Summer Olympics where Hyde Park will host the triathlon and other various open-water swimming events. Open for everyone and filled with history, beauty, culture and memories are what now encompass the always exciting and exceptionally enjoyable Hyde Park.

March 26, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destination Tips


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