Hyde Park is one of London’s greatest green spaces and there is plenty going on throughout the year that makes it the ideal place to visit during a trip to the capital.
Royal Gun Salutes
Royal Gun Salutes take place in the park throughout the year to make special royal occasions – so don’t be alarmed by the gun fire!
The number of rounds fired in a Royal Gun Salute varies depending on the nature of the event, but a normal salute is 21 rounds, but in Hyde Park an extra 20 rounds are added because it is classed as a Royal Park.
Gun salutes will not take place on Sundays, even if the special event falls on that date, it will take place on the Saturday instead.
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
The 2016 Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon this year will start and finish in Hyde Park. Runners taking part will follow a 13.1-mile route through Central London, taking in various locations of the capital and the attractive Royal Parks.
Registration for the event on October 9th is already full, but it is still worth heading to the park to watch the runners in action as there will be plenty of entertainment on offer, as well as a great atmosphere.
This year will see a new two-day open water swimming festival hosted in Hyde Park during October. One of the highlights of the new event is set to be the Swim Serpentine, which will allow around 6,000 swimmers to complete a one-mile swim in open water.
The second day of the festival will feature the British Open Water Swimming Championships over 3.2 km distance and will also include an invitation elite event over 5 km.
For a family-friendly event then the London Walkabout is a must. Taking place on October 8th from 10am to 2pm, the 5 km walk raises funds to help those with paralysis. As well as the walk, there is live music, games and entertainment to make it a great day out in Hyde Park all for a good cause.
This year’s event is superhero-themed and walkers are encouraged to dress up to get into the spirit of the event.
In 2016, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland celebrates its tenth anniversary. Over the years, the Christmas event has developed into one of the country’s best festive events.
The event will start on 18th November at 5pm and continue for six weeks, opening from 10am to 10pm every day – apart from Christmas Day.
This year’s highlights include one of the largest outdoor ice rinks in the UK, a Circus Megadome, a Sooty Christmas Show and there is the chance to relax with festive cocktails at the Winter Wonderland Bar Ice.
There is also the chance to get on board the Giant Observation Wheel, which offers views of London some 60 metres from the ground.
For those looking to pick up some Christmas gifts for family and friends, then there is the traditional German Christmas market, which will feature more than 200 stalls selling a whole host of festive goods.
How to get to Hyde Park
Hyde Park is really well situated and it is straightforward to travel to the area via public transport.
The park is close to a wide number of London Underground stations:-
Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District lines)
Bayswater Station (Circle and District lines)
Queensway Station (Central line)
Lancaster Gate Station (Central line)
Marble Arch Station (Central line)
Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
Knightsbridge Station (Piccadilly line)
South Kensington Station (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines)
If you prefer to travel via overground, then there is the national rail stations of Paddington and Marylebone, where there are regular services to London and other UK destinations.
If you prefer to drive to the park, then car parking can be found a short distance away:-
Queensway Car Park (0.8 miles, 16 minutes’ travel time on foot)
Paddington Station Public Car Park (0.9 miles, 19 minutes)
Portman Square Car Park (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
Q-Park Marylebone (0.8 miles, 18 minutes)
Marble Arch Car Park (0.1 miles, three minutes)
Hornton Street Car Park (one mile, 20 minutes)
However, traffic around the area can be relatively heavy, especially during peak periods. It is probably advisable to avoid making journeys during the buy morning and evening rush hours, while pre-booking parking (when possible) is also recommended to make sure you get that spot.