Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are two connected parks located in Central London. Hyde Park is 350 acres of lush green English foliage and Kensington Gardens is 275 acres wide, making the entire reserve span across 625 acres of London’s busy cityscape.
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are home to several of London’s most important landmarks including Kensington palace, the Diana Memorial Playground and The Serpentine Lido. This park has been open to the public for centuries, and certainly has a few stories up its sleeve. From secret cemeteries to the corrupt antics of Kings – Hyde Park has a few secrets to discover. This serene reserve is home to gorgeous lakes, botanical gardens, galleries, pools, historical walks – and a few things you may not have expected.
Here are some facts about Hyde Park you probably didn’t know.
Home to The Beatles
The only time all four Beatles lived together was during the Autumn of 1963, when they shared a house just outside Hyde Park. They lived at 57 Green Street, and it’s still there today.
Hyde Park was first made to be a hunting ground for King Henry VIII in 1536. He actually confiscated the original park from the monks of Westminster Abbey, kicking them out with nowhere to go.
Henry VIII has always been well known for his rather questionable antics as the King of England. He’s probably most famous for marrying six different women during his reign, and reforming the entire English Church just so he could divorce the fourth one.
During your next trip to London check out the intriguing past of all the English monarchs and their unexpectedly decadent and raucous lifestyles. London has a wealth of museums that will enlighten you on the rich history of England’s royalty, or if you want to witness a bit of modern-day royalty, why not take a trip to Buckingham Palace?
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Kensington Palace, one of the most impressive features of Kensington Gardens, was the childhood home of Queen Victoria. Nowadays, it is a beautifully preserved museum dedicated to the life, time and mysteries of Victoria. Dive head first into a world of English finery and Victorian sensibilities with a trip to Kensington Palace. There are also beautiful floral gardens surrounding the palace that will leave you feeling inspired and in awe.
Queen Victoria is a fascinating figure in England’s history whose life is certainly worth exploring during your next trip to London. She was a tiny woman (barely reaching five feet in height) that was in charge of one of the biggest empires in the world. Born in Kensington Palace in 1819, she was not allowed to leave until she was of a certain age. She became queen at 18, and it was only then that she was finally allowed to leave the confines of the palace.
Speaker’s Corner is a part of Hyde Park that gives the public a voice. Since the eighteenth century, people have used Speaker’s Corner to exercise their right to freedom of speech. People stand on soap-boxes to preach, discuss, teach and inform the world on whatever issue they so desire. The energy of Speakers’ Corner is often explosive with debate and busy with discussion. Eclectic topics can be heard all around, it’s an entertaining destination if not an eye-opening and enlightening one.
This democratic symbol is the most famous location for free speech on Earth and has seen the likes Karl Marx and Winston Churchill express their important political messages to the world.
Hyde Park is home to a beautiful Winter Wonderland carnival from November to January every year. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland includes a glistening ice rink, a market, a circus and a festive ferris wheel. Fun for all the family!
There is a secret pet cemetery in Hyde Park… If you’re lucky enough to discover the whereabouts of this cemetery, you’ll find a beautiful garden with 300 tiny tombstones paying tribute to the tragic losses of many much-loved pets.
The cemetery had a short life, opening in 1881 and shutting again in 1903. The cemetery came to be when Mr Winbridge, the gatekeeper of Victoria Lodge in Hyde Park, donated spots of his garden for people to bury their pets and pay their respects whenever they wished. Before he knew it, the entire garden had become a cemetery. During its short spell as a pet burial ground, owners found solace and comfort in this serene English garden. The first dog to be buried there was a Maltese terrier named Cherry who died of old age.
If you fancy going to see it for yourself, you’ll find the burial ground located behind Victoria Gate Lodge.
There are over 4,000 trees in Hyde Park, and the park’s famous Rose Garden has over 100 types of roses for visitors to savour and delight in.
The Serpentine is said to attract a lot of songbirds to the park, including robins, long-tailed tits and dunnocks, making it a hotspot for birdwatching. And, if you’re lucky you might see some Egyptian geese or a black swan during your trip to Hyde Park. Take advantage of all the exquisite flora, fauna and wildlife Hyde Park has to offer during you next London visit.
Easy to get to
Hyde Park is an easy to get to and accessible destination for visitors. Nearby tubes include Notting Hill Gate, Queensway, Lancaster Gate, Paddington, Bayswater, Knightsbridge – and several more! If you’re traveling to Hyde Park from central London hotels such as The Montcalm brewery hotel on Chiswell Street London, all you have to do is hop on the tube and you’ll get there in no time. Enjoy!
Take a break from London’s hectic cityscape and have a break in the serene surroundings of Hyde Park. Take a moment to breathe it all in.