One of the most royal parks, the Hyde Park attracts lots of localities as well as tourists. It is famous for its Speaker’s corner and also for jogging, swimming, owing, picnicking and even horse riding.
The park was originally of monks of Westminster Abbey and was confiscated by King Henry VIII and was opened to the public in 1637.
With neighbouring gardens like Kesington Gardens, Green Park and St. Jame’s Park, a lot of concerts take place in the area. Various attractions of this park are:
Serpentine Lake: This artificial lake connects the Kensington Garden with the Hyde Park and is also called as the Long Water. It is known for boating as well as swimming.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain: Designed by American architect Kathryn Gustafson, this circular fountain consists of 545 pieces of Cornish granite. There is a memorial installed in honor of Princes Dianansouthwest of this fountain. It was inaugurated in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II.
Rotten Row: The four miles long road is a famous bridle path which is used for horse riding, cycling, rollerblading, jogging etc. This was one of the first lit public road in England as the king at that time found it way too dark so he had oil lamps installed along the route. The term ‘Rotten Row’ is derived from the French ‘route du roi’ or King’s road.
Speaker’s Corner:It was a place where people could speak freely in 1872 when after riots police tried to disband political meetings. Every Sunday people stand on a soap box and proclaim their views on political, religious or other item.
Marble and Wellington Arc: The design of Marble Arc was based on the Arc Constantine in Rome and was built in 1827. Wellingotn was built in 1826 anda statue of Duke of Wellington was added in 1846 and was replaced by Quadriga of War in 1912.