Hyde Park Corner Hotels - London
Mini guide to Hyde Park Corner
This 630 acre park was acquired by Henry VIII in 1536 and became part of the King's
hunting grounds. In the early 17th century James I opened Hyde Park as London's
first public park. Now, the park is known for boating in the Serpentine in the
summer, Speaker's Corner on Sundays, and for its four miles of horse riding tracks,
as well as its cycle and roller-blade paths. Hyde Park is a wonderful family place
to spend a lazy weekend in London.
On Sunday mornings, Speaker's Corner, at the northeast corner of Hyde Park
near Marble Arch, is a venue for free speech. A law in 1872 made it legal for
a speaker to assemble a crowd and address them on any subject as long as it
doesn't criticize the Queen. It is amusing to listen to the often heated, sometimes
crazy and blasphemous, usually entertaining nutters who assemble here every
Sunday to speak, heckle or listen.
At around 10:30 every morning the Household Cavalry can be seen riding through
the park from Hyde Park Barracks to Buckingham Palace. For those who want to
ride in the park themselves, contact the Ross Nye Stables in Bathurst Mews;
they offer riding classes as well as trail rides in the park. On royal anniversaries
and other important occasions a 41-gun salute is fired in Hyde Park, opposite
the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane.
Nearby, Apsley House, also known as No.1 London, was the home of the first Duke
of Wellington and is one of the London's finest residences. It features breathtaking
interiors and a vast collection of silver, art, porcelain and furniture.
There are many beautiful Victorian town houses that have been converted into
hotels on the northern side of Hyde Park which offer a wonderfully tranquil
place to stay. Marble Arch, located where Oxford Street meets the park is an
iconic London symbol. Located at the other end of the park is Kensington Palace,
with its magnificent gardens and pond, and the Albert Memorial.
The Park itself is huge and can be accessed either via Hyde Park Corner tube
station on the Piccadilly Line or on the northern side from Lancaster Gate,
Queensway or Marble Arch tube stations on the Central Line. On the south side,
you have easy access to the Knightsbridge and South Kensington areas as well.
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