No visit to London is complete without an excursion to Hyde Park. This refreshing green space is one of the city’s most significant landmarks. It dates back centuries, to 1536 when it was originally established as Henry VIII’s recreational hunting grounds. It was opened to the public by Charles I in 1637.

Hyde Park was the site of the The Great Exhibition of 1851, an expo of major historical importance, which showcased the industrial might of the British empire under Queen Victoria. The Great Exhibition remains one of the most memorable events of the Victorian Age, and I believe everyone must have seen the illustrations of the expo and The Crystal Palace that housed it.

There’s a lot to see and do at Hyde Park. It’s a pleasant place to go for a stroll, and you’ll see many people doing so—not to mention runners and cyclists. You can relax beside the lovely Serpentine Lake and admire the activities of its waterfowl.

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You can even go out on the lake in a paddle boat (might not be a bad activity on a date). The Serpentine Cafe offers a place where you can refresh yourself with a cup of tea or coffee.

Hyde Park has its share of outdoor concerts. Keep an eye on the schedule in case something piques your interest. For a different sort of entertainment, you can stop by Speaker’s Corner on the northeastern area of the park. People from all walks of life come here to orate their opinions about all manner of issues, to crowds that will often debate with them.

The beautiful environs of the park, and its various amenities, lend an attraction to staying in nearby accommodations. One good option for your stay is the elegant hotel Park Grand London Hyde Park, which has a convenient location close to Paddington. At Bayswater, Grand Royale London Hyde Park exudes an exquisite old-world grandeur. In contrast to that, The Metropolis London Hyde Park exhibits a polished contemporary appeal.

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