Acquired by Henry VIII in 1536 from the monks of Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park has quite a tale that is steeped in history. Until the reign of Charles I Hyde Park was exclusively used for hunting purposes, it was first open to the public domain in 1637 and has been an accessible and well loved part of London ever since.
Queen Caroline, wife of George II, had extensive renovations carried out and in the 1730s had The Serpentine, a lake of some 11.34 hectares, created. The Serpentine is now more commonly used for brave folks who dare to open water swim in this gorgeous manmade lake, alternatively those who wish to just enjoy the view are able to do so at the lovely Lido’s waterside café.
Live music has become a staple of Hyde Park, the first world renowned act to perform in the Park was Pink Floyd in 1968, however what Hyde Park will more likely be remembered for will be hosting either Live 8 in 2005 or the BST Festival which has now become a widely sought festival to attend every summer.
There is plenty to do in Hyde Park, whether it’s having a splash in the Diana Memorial Fountain, playing tennis, horse-riding, going for a run or joining the free speaking individuals of Speaker’s Corner there really is something for everyone is this beautiful haven situated in the heart of the city.
The next time you plan your stay in Mercure London Paddington be sure to visit Hyde Park, just a short walk from our doors and a lovely Royal Park and key tourist attraction.Book Now