Enjoy boating on the Serpentine Lake


Anyone visiting Hyde Park on a nice day should consider enjoying a little boat trip on the world famous Serpentine Lake.

On a sunny afternoon, the iconic lake sees numerous people head to the waters to enjoy a spot of relaxation on the water.

Hire a boat

There are plenty of different boats available for hire and for differing lengths of time. You can choice between a pedal or a row boat – some of the vessels can hold up to six people so families can enjoy the experience together.

However, it is important to note the lake is open for boats from April to October, with the popular Bluebird Boats on the north-east bank of the river a very popular place to rent a boat.

When is the lake open?

The lake is open for boating from 10am until 8pm in the summer – although it may close if the weather is less than favourable to sailors.

It can get very busy, especially on sunny afternoons, so our tip is to try to head to the lake for a boat trip early in the morning, so you can enjoy quieter waters.

What will it cost?

Depending on what vessel you opt to hire then the cost can differ greatly, however, as a rough guide, here are the tiers:-

Adults – 1 hour or 30 minutes.

Children under 15 – 1 hour or 30 minutes.

Family (two adults and two children) – 1 hour or 30 minutes

It will cost extra to take a trip on the Solar Shuttle – a solar-powered boat that ferries people from one side of the lake to the other. It can carry 42 passengers and is the largest 100 per cent solar-powered ferry boat in operation in the UK.

What else to do?

As well as boating, the Serpentine Lido is open from May to September for a spot of swimming. There is the world-famous open water that is used by swimming teams in training for outdoor events. For younger swimmers, there is a smaller paddling pool.

The Lido is open from 10am to 6pm on nice days and entry price varies for adults and children. There is also a family ticket available. It is worth noting that later entry into the lido is at reduced prices – so maybe a good option for those on a tighter budget.