Hyde Park - a huge park in London, a favorite place for walks of its residents and visitors. Since the days of William the Conqueror, this area has been the property of Westminster Abbey, then King Henry the Eighth became its owner. These were the monarch’s personal hunting grounds, but by order of Jacob I, nobles began to admit to the park for a fee, and in 1637, Charles I made access to the park free for everyone. Hyde Park in 1851 became the venue for the World Exhibition, and in memory of this event, the Crystal Pavilion was built in the southern limit of the park. Residents did not like it, and at the end of the World Exhibition, the Crystal Pavilion was moved to Sydenham Hill.
Hyde Park's main entrance is an impressive arch of ionic columns. The arch was built in the years 1824-25. Serpentine Lake is the main attraction of the park. It is the work of human hands, boats float there, it is allowed to swim in its waters.
Another attraction is the Speakers Corner. This is a place in the north-eastern limit of Hyde Park, where everyone can feel like a speaker, the content of the speech can be anything. The main thing is that the law enforcement officers believed that what was said was within the law. In general, such a right is assigned not only to this place, but to the whole United Kingdom, and to think that the speaker at this place does not have immunity to the arrest and the police is a mistake. But the police practically do not intervene, only in case of complaints or if the “speaker” begins to blaspheme and swear. In 1994, the Park acquired a beautiful rose garden, and 2004 was the year of the opening of the memorial dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana. Hyde Park's interesting botanical attraction is the beech that cries.
Hyde Park is the venue for sporting events and concerts.
Even before the Norman conquest, the park belonged to Westminster Abbey. The name he received from the ancient unit of measurement of area. With the beginning of the dissolution of the monasteries (1536), Henry VIII withdrew it into the treasury in order to use it for his own hunting amusements. It was open to the public under Jacob I, and under Charles II it became a favorite vacation spot for Londoners.
The main attraction of the park is Serpentine Lake, where swimming is allowed, as well as the gallery of the same name. In the southeast corner of the park is Apsley House, which houses the Duke of Wellington Museum (The Wellington Museum), and Wellington Arch. These objects were built in memory of the fact that in 1815 a historical parade was held in Hyde Park dedicated to the victory of Wellington over Napoleon. In 1822, a huge statue of Achilles by sculptor Sir Richard Westmacott was erected in honor of the Duke in Hyde Park. This was the first sculptural image of a completely naked man in the British capital. Even supplemented by a bronze fig leaf covering its genitals, it caused a storm of indignation among the townspeople.
Queen Victoria chose Hyde Park to host the first ever World Exhibition of 1851, for which a “new wonder of the world” was erected in the park - the Crystal Palace (not preserved). In 1889, a short film “Leisurely pedestrians, open top omnibuses and cabs with galloping horses” was shot in Hyde Park.
On July 17, 2012, Madonna performed in the park as part of The MDNA Tour; about 55,000 spectators attended the concert.
On July 6 and 13, 2013, The Rolling Stones performed in the park.
On June 27, 2015, a concert by American singer Taylor Swift took place in Hyde Park.
In 2018, TheCure, one of the defining rock groups in the history of music, celebrated its fortieth anniversary with a concert in the park. The concert was called "The Cure - Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park London".
Speakers Corner edit |Hyde Park Outline
Hyde Park has long been a favorite destination for tourists and walks of local residents.
Its entire territory is covered with greenery and divided into zones several types of tracks:
In order to deal with the routes around the famous park, we recommend using the landmark location scheme posted on its official website.
How to get there
Hyde Park London is located in the central part of the English capital.
You can get to this green zone by train. undergroundthat head to Hyde Park Corner & Knightsbridge or Lancaster Gate & Marble Arch stations.
You can also sunbathe at the main city lake after a trip. by bus: №2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 30, 36, 38, 52, 74, 82, 137, 148, 274, 390, 414.