Hyde Park is home to some exceptionally beautiful memorials, and while you may not get time to see all of them while you are in London, you should at least try a few of these top picks.
The Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of 350 acres, meaning that there is plenty of space to explore. After a day spent taking in all the sights, settle back into your room at the Park Grand London Hyde Park, which is just a stone’s throw away.
The Diana Memorial
This unique memorial was opened 13 years ago and contains 545 pieces of Cornish granite. Princess Diana’s life is reflected through the memorial which also features three bridges where you can cross the fountain. The water in the fountain comes from London’s water table and is permanently being refreshed. This beautiful memorial is a sight to be seen and will certainly conjure up images of one of the most loved national treasures the UK has ever known.
The Holocaust Memorial
The story is harrowing, but this memorial will certainly warm your heart. The Holocaust Memorial was constructed in 1983 and was paid for by the Board of British Jews. It is the first memorial that was set up in Britain to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, so is well worth a visit. It consists of a garden of boulders surrounded by white-stemmed birch trees.
After taking into this great historical memorial why not take a stroll back to your room at the Park Grand London Hyde Park?
Statue of Achilles
Visit this 18ft statue of Achilles which commemorates solider and politician, Arthur Wellesley. This was the first statue ever installed in Hyde Park so is well worth a visit. When it was first installed, the statue was completely nude but this was met by public outrage so a fig leaf was incorporated shortly after this. Scandalous!
The Animals in War Memorial
This lovely memorial was set up to commemorate the animals that have died during wars and conflicts. The memorial was inspired by the book Animals in War by Jilly Cooper. Marvel at the sheer size of this impressive memorial, which includes a 58ft curved Portland stone wall displaying carvings of animals. The memorial also includes two inscriptions so be sure to get a bit closer to this one to read the messages on it.
7 July Memorial
This memorial was unveiled by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in 2009 and commemorates all the lives that were lost during the London Bombings in 2005. It is in the South-East corner of the park and consists of 52 stainless pillars, each representing the life of somebody who died in the bombings. Walk around and through the memorial as you read the transcriptions that are written on each of the pillars. There is also a plaque that includes the name of all of the victims of the attack.