Hyde Park

On a sunny London afternoon, there is no better spot than Hyde Park to spend your time.

You can get to this Royal Park by taking the tube to Hyde Park Corner.  It is known as one of London’s most beautiful greens, covering 350 acres.

Hyde Park has something for everyone.  If you’re wanting to move around, consider some of these options. You can rent a Barkley’s bike in the park, which will cost you pocket change as long as you return it within an hour, and is great for allowing you to cover lots of ground- just be prepared to pay by card. There is also a Serpentine Lido, with paddleboats for renting and will only cost you four pounds per adult.  If you are willing to pay a bit more, you can also rent a horse and pick a path on either north or south side.  You can find the rental area, known as The Manege, at the Sports Field next to the children’s playground.

If you opt to relax rather than move your legs, go to Hyde Park on Sunday, where locals gather in Speaker’s Corner.  You can hear these people, standing on their soap-boxes, as they preach everything from animal rights to religious movements.  It is a must-see if you’re wanting to people watch.  You can also pack a picnic in the park as well, and snatch a spot on the green.

For more information on Hyde Park, check out their website, http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park.

Hannah Carlson

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