The charming cityscape of London features a unique blend of greenery with lavishly laid out tree lines and walkways. Located in Central London, Hyde Park has remained the greenest places in the city and a great place for taking a stroll or relaxing among the serenity of the trees.
One of the eight Royal Parks, the Hyde Park hosts many key landmarks besides its trees and walkways such as the Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Speakers’ Corner, and the Serpentine Lake. Millions of tourists visit the Hyde Park each year and have been featured as an essential sightseeing destination in many London walking tour programs. The park is also the perfect place for recreation as it offers many activities to the visitors such as horse riding, swimming, cycling, and tennis. Below are some interesting facts that will help keen visitors to the Hyde Park through London walking tours.
King Henry VIII acquired the grounds of Hyde Park in 1536 after seizing it from the monks of Westminster Abbey. The king then utilized for hunting and was closed to the public. In 1637, King Charles I opened the park to the public and architect Decimus Burton designed its current layout in 1825.
The Hyde Park is one of the best city parks in the world that extends to about 625 acres. This is including the park’s 350 acres area and the remaining 275 acres of the Kensington Gardens. The park is home to over 4000 trees along with an expansive lake that covers its entire length. Its flower gardens and pasture further enhances the beauty of the park.
The Serpentine Lake is the most visited attractions in the Hyde Park and extends to about 40 acres. The lake offers the perfect way to enjoy the park through many of the swimming and boating programs. Queen Caroline is credited with constructing the Serpentine Lake in the year 1830.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
This memorial fountain is another key attraction in Hyde Park and is made from some of the best materials from around. Containing numerous pieces of Cornish granite, the memorial stands as a tribute to the life of Princess Diana.
Flora and Fauna
Hyde Park hosts a rich collection of flora and fauna unlike any other. This immense collection of trees and shrubs offer habitat to many birds. The upside down tree known as the Weeping Beech is a key attraction among the collections.