Hyde Park FAQ

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Hyde Park is on the great open spaces of London. It is free for anyone to wander around and full of interesting things to do and see.

You can go for a paddle on the Serpentine, admire the flowers (in season!), take the kids to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountains, listen to extreme political perspectives at Speaker's Corner, or just get coffee and food in any of the many cafes and eateries.

It is also a place full of history. Initially created by the infamous Henry VIII, it was the scene of many a duel in Georgian times and hosted parades and protests from the earliest times to the present day.

Can you cycle in Hyde Park?

You can definitely cycle in Hyde Park. There are a few rules, and you have to keep to the marked paths, but if you want a relaxed weekend cycle with lots to do and see, Hyde Park is a great option. See our complete guide to cycling in Hyde Park.

How far is Harrods from Hyde Park?

As the crow flies it is a very short distance, a few hundred yards. See the map below, which reckons it is a 6 minute walk.

What tube line is Hyde Park on?

There are a multitude of tube stations near Hyde Park. Going clockwise, there is Marble Arch (Central Line), Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly), Knightsbridge (Piccadilly), South Kensington (District/Circle/Piccadilly, 10 min walk to the park), High Street Kensington (District/Circle), Notting Hill Gate (District/Circle), Queensway (Central), Lancaster Gate (Central).

Where is Speakers Corner in Hyde Park?

The famous Speaker's Corner is where anyone can and often does climb onto a soap box and speak on any topic at all that takes their fancy. It can be found at the north-east corner of the Park near to the end of Oxford Street. The nearest tube station is Marble Arch.

What is the primary entrance to Hyde Park?

If you are looking for pedestrian entrances, there are many. If you arrive at Hyde Park using the tube, there will be an entrance to the park nearby, usually signposted from the station.

If you are driving, it is a bit more complicated. There are three road entrances to the park.

  • About halfway along the north edge you can enter from Baywater Road
  • There is an entrance on the gyratory by Marble Arch
  • The last entrance is on the south side of the park from Kensington, near the Royal Albert Hall

Who established Hyde Park?

Hyde Park was originally established by King Henry VIII on land he took from Westminster Abbey. Originally it was enclosed as a deer park and was a private hunting ground. Later, James I (1603-25) permitted access to 'gentlefolk'.

The first coherent landscaping of the park was during the reign of George I (1714-27) and continued by his daughter-in-law Queen Caroline on his death. The changes at this stage included sub-dividing the park to create Kensington Gardens, and the damming the River Westbourne to from the Serpentine.

Where is the Peter Pan statue in Hyde Park?

The Peter Pan statue is towards the north side of the park, next to the Serpentine. See the map below for the exact location.

The statue was actually commissioned by Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, who lived nearby.

The statue is interactive; you can scan a QR code on your phone and hear the statue brought to life. See Talking Statues for more details.