A Tour of Hyde Park and Kensington in London

A Tour of Hyde Park and Kensington in London

There are numerous guided walks and tours in central London that are worth booking when guests visit the city.

One of the best is the self-guided Hyde Park and Kensington tour that is offered by many companies.

 

Where the Tour Starts

This green space is a complete haven right in the centre of the English capital. Travelers will definitely have Hyde Park on their itinerary but may not know of all its highlights, so this is a great way to see the attraction. There are a number of entrances into the park, but tourists should start at the Marble Arch end. Here they can enjoy checking out the beautiful Marble Arch landmark that was created by architect John Nash in 1827.

This arch is made out of white marble and was originally supposed to be placed outside the royal residence of Buckingham Palace, but was later moved to where it’s currently based.

 

The Serpentine

Somewhere in the park that tourists should definitely visit is The Serpentine that is a lovely destination where travelers can take a boat out or swim in the summer months. In the winter it is still a wonderful spot to just have a leisurely walk along the water.

 

Speakers' Corner

Speakers’ Corner is a historic part of the park that is known for being a space for public speaking. It has been used by many famous people including author George Orwell and German philosopher Karl Marx.

 

Serpentine Galleries

Another part of the Hyde Park that tourists can visit is the Serpentine Galleries that are two free entry cultural institutions found close to each other. There are many modern pieces of art on display here and a number of popular artists featured in the past include Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

 

Kensington Palace

A wonderful part of the park is the fantastic Kensington Palace that offers tourists a chance to learn about this working royal residence. This is the home of Princes William and Harry, Princess Kate and the Queen’s grandchildren George and Charlotte.

Fans of the monarchy will clearly have a brilliant time at this destination but travelers who appreciate amazing architecture will naturally have the same reaction. The palace is simply magnificent both outside and its interior offering beautiful state rooms. What visitors should do when visiting this area is take the tour of Kensington to the amazing Royal Albert Hall and the Cultural Quarter that includes the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

To finish the day some shopping in the upmarket Knightsbridge area would be a fabulous plan, especially to visit the world-famous Harrods store that will keep tourists busy for hours.

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