"Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens" Hyde Park Tip by KennetRose

Hyde Park, London: 187 reviews and 395 photos

  Kensington Gardens
by KennetRose

Taken together, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, separated only by the road that runs from the Albert Hall to Bayswater across the Serpentine, form central London's largest open space. The two are markedly different, however.

Hyde Park is the people's park, a traditional rallying point for popular protest second only to Trafalgar Square. In 1855, Karl Marx witnessed a gathering in the park and believed his predicted revolution was about to happen.

Kensington Gardens is altogether gentler, more refined and aristocratic, the place where Edwardian nannies brought their charges in monogrammed prams, and now the place to fly kites or sail boats on the Round Pond. This is essentially the back garden of Kensington Palace, and the seclusion of the palace has also made a secure home for some of the more paranoid embassies!

Address: Park Lane, Bayswater Road, Knightsbridge
Directions: Queensway, Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner or High Street Kensington tubes.
Phone: +44 300 061 2000
Website: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park

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  • Written Jan 30, 2003
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