Its origin story dates back to 1536 when Henry VIII established the rural area as a royal hunting ground. It would be over a century later when, propelled by King Charles I, the park first welcomed the general public.
After the Great Plague of London caused havoc in 1665 and 1666, Hyde Park served as a place to safely quarantine the infected.
We can thank Queen Caroline for overhauling the landscape of Hyde Park in 1730 and introducing the Serpentine Lake.
Why is Hyde Park famous?
Hyde Park is famous for being the largest of the Royal Parks in Central London.
Historically, Hyde Park was associated with being the site of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations in 1851. Joseph Paxton constructed the famous Crystal Palace for this milestone event of the 19th century.
Over the years, Hyde Park blossomed as a recreation ground for Londoners and tourists. It became famous for such features as the Serpentine Lake, the Peter Pan Statue, and Speaker’s Corner.
Hyde Park also attracts some incredibly famous names through its large-scale summer concerts.
Its central location in the London West End has contributed to the popularity of hotels in Hyde Park.
Things to see and do in Hyde Park
Hyde Park is somewhere that you can revisit over and over again. It’s worth visiting Hyde Park at least four times in your life: once for every season.
Walk or cycle along the multi-purpose trails and locate the monuments, memorials, and Italian Gardens.
Pack a picnic and spend an afternoon reading under the summer sunshine.
Rent a paddle boat on the Serpentine Lake (seasonal).
Visit the Serpentine South Gallery and the Serpentine North Gallery.
Swim in the Serpentine Lido (summer only).
Tune into lively public debates at Speakers’ Corner on a Sunday.
Enjoy the fun of the fair at the annual Winter Wonderland.
See a famous singer or band perform as part of British Summer Time Hyde Park.
What are the most famous hotels in Hyde Park?
The most famous hotels are located along Park Lane. However, it’s the secret boutique hotels that you’ll want to consider for your London trip.
The Hyde Park Boutique Hotel is a stylish and comfortable property in a splendid Victorian-era building. Tucked away in a peaceful West End enclave only five minutes from Hyde Park, guests sleep soundly yet enjoy the convenience of multiple Tube stations on the doorstep. This charming hotel is popular with families, couples, and solo travellers alike.
Call Central Park Collection on +44 (0)20 7229 2424