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Hyde Park

Hyde Park
Hyde Park
#About the Park

Hyde Park is one of the Royal Gardens of London. It is located in the center of London and was originally purchased by King Henry VIII, from the Westminster Abbey monks in 1536. Like many royal gardens at the time, it was also closed to visitors at first, and the roads were open to the carriage of the aristocracy only.

In earlier periods, the area served as a hunting ground and an arena for battles, horse races, executions, and more. During World War II, the land in Hyde Park was used to grow potatoes.

In 1728 Queen Caroline took 300 acres from the west side of the park and turned it into Kensington Gardens. It was also the same period the Serpentine lake was built. This is a snake-shaped lake where you can sail or watch the ducks.

It also has a touching memorial to Princess Diana, the "Princess of Hearts", may she rest in peace.

You can stroll around the park easily and see its monuments, enjoy the café or the children's playground.

In 1851, the Crystal Palace was built in Hyde Park for a large exhibition held in London that year. In 1857, the Marble Arch was moved here - a marble arch designed by architect John Nash as the entrance gate to Buckingham Palace and inspired by the Arch of Victory in Rome.



#The Speakers' Corner in the Park

A popular point in the park is "speakers' corner," where many people gather and conduct public discussions to this day. At the "Speakers' Corner" any person may stand and speak at will. People milling about or those who come especially may listen and participate.

Some of the speakers are particularly smart, for example past speakers include Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell. Others might poke fun or provoke arguments... This particular custom of speeches has been partially preserved to this day, and every Sunday you will be able to hear various speakers who talk about political, economy and other issues.



#Hyde Park

This park is the perfect pace to take a break from your demanding routine. Locals come here to wander about, get some fresh air and exercise or bike around. The park is one of the eight royal parks within the capital of the United Kingdom and is one of the most prominent green spaces in London.

This park, with 350,000 square meters of a pastoral and green landscape, has hosted quite a few exhibitions, demonstrations and large concerts. The name "Hyde" may be related to a unique space measured in according to the fertility of the soil. The area contains a range of 60,000 to 120,000 square meters.

The southeast corner of the park is actually connected to the backyard of Buckingham Palace, which incidentally is also connected to St. James Park. The palace cavalry uses the park on a daily basis.



#Hyde Park for Tourists

Entrance to the park is possible between 5 am until midnight. There are about 5 million visitors each year. The park has miles of bicycle lanes, special pathways for horses, hiking trails, playgrounds and sport fields for football, tennis, golf, bowling and cricket. The park has street lamps which allow a pleasant atmosphere in the evening, benches which allow relaxation, taking in a view of the park, cafes, restaurants, water fountains and even a police station. In the summer, about 500 green and white sun loungers are regularly placed in the open air.

Children can also be entertained here, especially in the park named after Princess Diana located inside the big park, where children can play in sand and water. Admission to adults is only possible if they have children.

Some very large musical performances took place in this park. Among others; Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Kevin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more. Hundreds of thousands of spectators attended the performances.

If you're looking for what to incorporate on the day you visit the park, you can add Westminster, Oxford Street, Notting Hill or the Museum Quarter to your plan.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG-vnMLaMlE
Speakers' Corner
Speakers' Corner
#About Hyde Park's Speakers' Corner

Hyde Park is famous partly because of Speakers' Corner, where many people gather and conduct public debates to this day.

It's not just a street parliament. At the "Speakers' Corner" everyone can stand on a stool and speak at will. People who are present or arrive especially at the park gather around the speakers and listen to them. There are those who make remarks to the speakers, interrupt or protest against their opinions. Others just giggle or remain fascinated ... it is democracy at its best.

These are not just hipsters or enthusiastic young people. Some are elderly folk looking to "educate", others opinionated students, Christians and Muslims who explain how their religion is better than other, and many political opinions.

Some of the speakers here are particularly intelligent. People like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell, all legendary in their respective fields spoke here in the past. In contrast, some of the speakers who come today may simply poke fun or provoke arguments and ridicule...

The practice of the speeches has been partially preserved to this day, and every Sunday you can hear various speakers addressing political and economic topics, just to name a few.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/5G0v6NjsqZo

https://youtu.be/qiYVUdFoJSI


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