Hyde Park – This is a 350 acre park in Central London. One can easily reach there through the London Underground – at the Hyde Park Corner station on the Piccadilly line between Knightsbridge and Green Park. In the 16th century this area was a deer park and used for hunts. Henry VII had acquired this land in 1536. It was for Private use until James I gave limited access to the gentlefolk and later in 1637 Charles I opened it to the public. The Park is divided into two by the Serpentine Lake built in 1733 and designed by Charles Bridgeman. The memorial to Princess Diana is also in this park. It’s timings are 10AM – 8PM (April-August), 10AM -7PM (September), 10AM – 6PM (March & October), 10AM – 4PM (Nov to Feb). It is closed for about 20 days in November for annual maintenance. A number of motion pictures have been filmed in this Park. These include “The Happy breed” (1944), Genevieve(1953), “A touch of class” (1973) etc.
The Park has a number of facilities. There is a playground, a lake, The Lookout where children can learn about nature and wildlife, toilets, restaurants and cafes. The Park is accessible to disabled individuals. For people who find it difficult to walk around the Park there are Electric buggies available. These give half an hour drives around with get on/get off facility.
The Park is open from 5 AM to Midnight throughout the year.
How to get to Hyde Park –
Tube: Lancaster gate & Marble Arch on the Central Line. Hyde Park Corner & Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly Line.
Bus : Numbers 6, 7, 10, 16, 52, 73, 82, 390, 414 (from North London); Numbers 8, 15, 30, 38, 274 (from East); Numbers 2, 36, 137, 436 (from South); Numbers 9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 148, 414 (from West).
Car : Pay and Display parking on West Carriage Drive and in Car Parks at either end of Serpentine Bridge. But available parking space is limited.
Contact: The Park Office, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London. W2 2UH, Tele. +44 (0)20 7298 2100, Fax. +44 (0)20 7402 3298
Contacting Police: In an emergency phone 999, A non-emergency within the Royal Parks call 020 7706 7272
There is also an official journey/trip planner.