Apartments and holiday accommodation near Hyde Park, London, UK

Hyde Park is an oasis of green surrounded by some extremely busy roads.  Many motorists avoid Hyde Park corner at all costs because the traffic is so fast and constant.   Hyde Park is a popular end point for protest marches in London.  Speeches will often be given after such a march.  At one time speakers merely sought the advantage of a pedestal to raise them above the crowds and this could have been something as simple as a box - hence the expression of 'getting on your soap box'.

Resting in Hyde Park after the Anti War with Iraq demonstration on Saturday 28th September 2002 from Country Cottages Online

In today's hi-tech world, you're more likely to see speakers backed by enormous electronic screens and sound systems.  Speaker's Corner (Near Marble Arch) in Hyde Park is worth a visit to hear controversial views on almost any subject under the sun.  Any day at the weekend is worth a trip for a glimpse of British life and opinion, and if you're fortunate  you may even be amused and entertained. 

A wide sandy strip runs through the southern part of Hyde Park.  This is known as Rotten Row and is there for horse riding. The Serpentine lake in the middle of the park provides an opportunity for bathing and boating, mainly during the summer months, although there is a group of hardy folk who participate in an annual New Year dip.  Otherwise, it's a  630 acres of refreshing green space in the heart of London.  It might be a good idea to take sandwiches or a picnic with you if you're planning to walk around London's parks because it may prove too difficult to find anything other than a snack from a fast food vendor.

Marble Arch can be found on the eastern side of the park, and Kensington Palace on the west.  The park itself is surrounded by wide avenues lined with some of London's best hotels. The nearest tube station for Hyde Park is Hyde Park Corner station on the Jubilee Line.

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Self-catering in West London in Brentford, near Twickenham and Kew Gardens

houseboat, self-catering accommodation londonA stay at the Bush Houseboat, could be perfect for taking a day trip to Hyde Park. With a mooring by Kew Gardens, many of London’s best tourist attractions are within easy reach of this impressive houseboat. With a stunning interior, this is a wonderful holiday home which can sleep 4 adults plus 1 child.



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