Hyde Park is one of the world’s greatest city parks and one of London`s eight Royal Parks. Every year, millions of tourists flock here to enjoy its beauty and range of attractions. There is enough here to keep the whole family entertained for a day in London. Here are some suggestions for making the most of Hyde Park, with something for all ages and tastes:
1. The Diana Fountain
The Diana Fountain is a memorial to one of Britain’s most loved people, Diana, Princess of Wales. Its design aims to reflect Diana`s life, with water flowing from the highest point in two directions as it cascades, swirls and bubbles before meeting in a calm and tranquil pool at the bottom. The three bridges allows you to cross the water and go right to the heart of the fountain, designed to symbolise Diana`s openness.
2. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
A huge wooden pirate ship, mermaid fountains, a tepee camp, ladders and slides are only some of the fun you will find in this magical wonderland designed for the children. This playground is inspired by Peter Pan; a tribute to Princess Diana who loved the innocence of childhood. Be sure to check out the sensory trail of fragrant plants and sound features, designed especially to spark your senses. The park stimulates imagination, sense of adventure and encourages children to challenge their physical and mental prowess.
3. The Serpentine
This recreational lake is set right in the heart of the gorgeous Hyde Park. The Serpentine takes its name from its snake-like, curving shape. Both adults and children can enjoy this pleasant place during summer. Try out the pedalos or rowboats, or cool down in the fantastic swimming area and forget all about the hustle of the city that surrounds you. The water quality is tested weekly to ensure it is clean and pure, making it a safe haven for toddlers to splash around too. Lido Café and Bar has waterside tables and is the ideal place to enjoy a snack, lunch or a glass of wine.
4. Relax like a Londoner
Even though there are many things to see and do in Hyde Park, most people bring a picnic basket, a football or a book, and enjoy a day in fresh air surrounded by green lawns and majestic trees. Deck chairs are available for hire from March to October.
5. Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park is not just a summer venue. If you plan to visit London during the festive season, be sure to set aside some time to visit Winter Wonderland. A large area of the park is transformed with fairground rides, a giant wheel, circus, and a cosy Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa`s grotto and a magnificent ice rink. Free entry to the site allows you to walk around, and absorb yourself in the festive spirit. Take a trip after-dark and stroll around the park for a truly romantic and atmospheric visit. Explore the ice village, ride an ice swan and thaw out from the winter chill around open fires with a hot cider in your hands.
The Radisson Blu Portland Hotel, London is the perfect base for exploring Hyde Park. After you have taken the short walk back from the park, relax with a refreshment in The Terrace, before dining at the hotel`s Corner Restaurant. You will retire to the comfort of your room satisfied with a day well spent in London.