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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Hyde Park in Central London

Spread over 142 hectares and with 4000 trees - Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in Central London. It is also one of the Royal Parks of London. The park includes a lake, a meadow and even horse rides.




The park is divided into two by Serpentine (river) which spreads over 28 acres. This marks the boundary between the Hyde Park and the adjacent Kensington Gardens.



The park is also home to the Diana Fountain - an unique Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 6-July-2004.  The fountain is made up of 545 pieces of Cornish granite - each shaped using the latest machinery and then joined together using traditional skills. The water flows from the highest point in two directions and meets in a calm pool at the bottom.




The park also has 2 memorials - London's Holocaust Memorial and a memorial that commemorates the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks. (The memorial has 52 steel pillars, one for each of the dead)

Serpentine Bar and Kitchen - there is a bar and an eatery too in the park.
Serpentine Boat Hire - The Boating Lake is open from Easter until end of October. Normally opens at 10.00am until sunset which is around 4.00pm in the colder months and 8.00pm in summers.






Prices for boating (Per Person)Adults: £9 1hr / £7 ½hr
Child (under 15): £3 1hr / £2 ½hr
Family (2 adults and 2 children): £22 1hr / £17 ½hr

Opening timesThe park is open from 5am until midnight all year round.




Contact:The Park Office
Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park,
London. W2 2UH
T +44 (0)20 7298 2100
F +44 (0)20 7402 3298

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