Hyde Park

One of London’s eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park comprises 350 acres on the west side of central London. The park dates back to 1536 as an enclosed private deer park. Opened to the public in 1637, its grand entrance, Queen Elizabeth Gate by Hyde Park Corner was constructed in 1825.

Speaker’s Corner is on the site of the famous Tyburn gllows where executions once took place. There’s a more tolerant air these days and speakers can engage in speech and debate without fear. Boating on the Serpentine on a summer’s day is a fantastic experience for Londoners and tourists alike. The Serpentine Gallery is a more recent addition, opened in 1970 and since 2000 the gallery has commissioned a renowned architect to design their annual summer pavilion.