Hyde Park was created as a hunting ground in 1536 by Henry VII and remained so until Charles I opened it up for the public. Through the centuries, other monarchs fashioned the park to suit royal aesthetics.
Flowers and Monuments
Hyde Park boasts over 4000 trees and a beautiful Rose Garden that is in full bloom in summer. The Park is also home to several memorials including the Diana Memorial Fountain, Holocaust Memorial Garden and Cavalry Memorial.
The Park’s two lakeside restaurants (Serpentine Bar and Kitchen and Lido Bar & Café) and several other refreshment kiosks are open though the day.
Of course, don’t forget to stop by the famed Speakers’ Corner where bold proponents have enjoyed free speech since the mid-1800s.