Adjacent to Kensington Gardens sits one of the finest Royal parks in London – Hyde Park. Originally hunting grounds for Henry VIII and his entourage, it has evolved into a multi-dimensional space that makes it worth a visit.
The park is famous for Speaker’s Corner, where those who wish to espouse their beliefs can orate from their makeshift podiums, a tradition that has continued since 1872. It houses the Diana Fountain – designed for children and the 52 pillars that form the 7 July Memorial. Hyde Park has also been host to incredible concerts – the great Pavarotti memorably wowed the crowds with his Italianate tenor, and is the home of the gun salute, fired on 2 June to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.
Its 350 acres are inhabited by over 4,000 trees, the beautiful Serpentine lake and the famous Rotten Row where horse riders can canter through the city unhindered.