Hyde Park is a must for families staying in London this summer and it is one of the capital’s most popular tourist attractions.
The park covers an area of around 350 acres and was originally created as an area for members of the royal family to go hunting.
However, since it was opened to the public in 1837 by Charles I, it is has developed into a fabulous place to spend a day out and it has some great facilities that will please those with young children.
One of the highlights is the Hyde Park Playground. Located on the south boundary of the park close to South Carriage Drive, the playground has undergone a major revamp over the past year or so. This means it has new equipment and plenty of safety measures in place.
The makeover of the park was funded using charitable donations raised by the organisers of the London Marathon and AEG.
Following the re-opening of the playground, John Disley, president and race co-founder, London Marathon, explained: “The trust is delighted to join in partnership with The Royal Parks to ensure these valuable play facilities remain available to all, providing varied and challenging experiences for younger members of the community.
“We know that one of the first opportunities for exercise open to many children is in a local playground and we are pleased to be making a lasting contribution to the fitness of these youngsters.”
Much of the new play equipment was designed to encourage more social interaction between children, with the addition of a large nest swing, a wider slide and a spinning roundabout disc.
Of course, the park also benefits from great views over Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake – ideal for parents sitting watching their children at play.
Admission into Hyde Park is free and it is open from 5am to midnight all year round.
The nearest tube stations to Hyde Park are Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch, which are both on the Central Line, and Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly Line.