Obviously the area that surrounds Hyde Park is dominated by the huge green expanse right in the heart of Central London, but being such a thriving, tourist-friendly part of the UK capital, there’s much more to check out too. Here are some examples…
Where better to kick off this list than with the biggest Royal Park of them all? Comprising a whopping 350 acres of greenery and trees, Hyde Park offers something for everybody; go boating on the Serpentine, ride a horse along Rotten Row, roller-skate through the main thoroughfare or get down to some all-important sun-tanning as you find a quiet spot for a picnic and your book.
Paddington Bear statue
Surely everyone knows that the little bear with a taste for mischief made his way all the way from deepest, darkest Peru, but few know he didn’t make it out of Paddington mainline station. That’s not true, of course, Michael Bond’s timeless ursine creation has enjoyed countless adventures all over London, but a charming bronze statue of him can be found in the concourse of the station – where he entered the city – next to a shop dedicated to him and him alone.
To be found at the north-east corner of Hyde Park near Speaker’s Corner (and to the north of its main entrance), this monument was intended as a gated entrance to Buckingham Palace, but ended up being dismantled and relocated in 1850 due to repair work to Her Majesty’s official London residence. A full 165 years later and it’s yet to be moved back.
St. James’s Park
The oldest of the city’s Royal Parks, St James’s is also arguably its most charming; blessed with a plethora of colourful plants and delightful waterfowl – including quacking ducks, elegant swans and, of course, those pink flamingos, as well many a very friendly squirrel. It’s the perfect place to take a break for a few moments with the little ones on a busy day of checking out all the Metropolis London Hyde Park nearby attractions.
Famed for its neon signage and use by visitors from all over the world as a meeting place, Piccadilly Circus is notorious though for its centrally-located statue which, although it looks like Eros, is actually a cast of the Roman god of love’s brother Anteros. It’s more officially known as ‘The Angel of Christian Charity’, having been erected in honour of the great Victorian philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury.
Situated at the western end of Kensington Gardens (themselves at the western end of Hyde Park), this place has been a Royal residence for more than three centuries, having previously been home to Queen Victoria (when a child) and Princesses Margaret and Diana. It’s now where Wills, Kate and their kids and Prince Harry live when in the capital. Its tours – full of historical resonance – as well as its orangery and grounds are well worth checking out.