Hyde Park

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Hyde Park, exterior picture

About: Hyde Park was London's first park and was given to London by King James I in the early seventeenth century. The land used to belong to Westminster Abbey but Henry VIII claimed the land in the sixteenth century and it became a Royal hunting ground. The wife of King George II was a keen gardener and it was her scheme to damn the river and create the artificial lake known as the Serpentine. The Serpentine is still used today as a popular boating lake.
Hyde Park was the venue for the Great Exhibition in 1852. A huge glass building known as the Crystal Palace was assembled for the exhibition between the Serpentine and the Prince of Wales Gate. The Crystal Palace was disassembled and moved to South London, the area is still known as Crystal Palace. A horse racing track known as ‘Rotten Row’ was created by William III and is still present in Hyde Park today.
During summer months Sunday concerts are held at the Bandstand and Hyde Park has been the venue for several large scale outdoor performances. Near Marble Arch on the North East corner of Hyde Park is Speakers Corner, a forum for free speech. Every morning the Household Cavalry ride through Hyde Park on the way from Hyde Park Barracks to Buckingham Palace.

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The best places in London to make a wedding proposal
London has a number of boating lakes where you could stage the ultimate proposal. There’s Victoria Park, Hyde Park and Dulwich Park to name a few. Take aboard some champagne, take charge of the oars and row yourselves towards a blessed future of love and happiness together.


What's On

Starts on
Jul
3
Mon
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2017
Hyde Park, London
Time: Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th July
Admission: Free entry
Starts on
Jul
3
Mon
Moretti Gran Tour
British Summertime Festival, Hyde Park
Time: Monday and Friday - 12pm - 10pm, Wednesday and Friday 8am - 10pm
Admission: Free
Jul
5
Wed
Joe Wicks The Body Coach's Guinness World Records attempt for the largest ever HIIT class
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Time: Doors 18.00, Last entry 18.45 The event will finish 20.00
Admission: £5 (including a £1 booking fee) - Proceeds will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust
Jul
23
Sun
Hyde Park 10k
Hyde Park, Off South Carriage Drive, London,
Time: 11 am
Admission: Boys (6-12): £10.00 Girls (6-15): £10.00 Women (16-17): £14.99 Women (18+): £14.99 Under 6 entry (Girls and boys): free and no registration needed
Sep
30
Sat
Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk
Bandstand, Hyde Park, Serpentine Road, London
Time: Arrival: 11am Walk starts: 12noon
Admission: Free


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