Hyde Park is one of central London’s largest parks, covering over 350 acres. Visitors to the capital are often surprised to find such a sprawling, green space right in the middle of the city. Come summertime, locals and tourists alike can be found lounging on the grass, and it is used as the venue for several open air events.
Formally owned by the Royal Family, Hyde Park is one of four beautiful parks that sit side by side and lead up to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s London residence. Here you'll find the Serpentine Lake and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, among other striking landmarks. The park is also famous as the home of Speakers' Corner, where opinionated Londoners can hold forth on a variety of topics. The speeches delivered here have been the catalyst for many a lively debate since the site first became popular in the 1800s.
Concerts in Hyde ParkHyde Park has always been a popular concert venue. Live8 took place here, and it is the regular venue for the outdoor classical concert Proms in the Park. Acts like the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Queen and Sir Paul McCartney have all entertained crowds here.
It's also a great destination for recreational activities on a pleasant day. When the sun comes out, you will find Londoners and visitors taking part in everything from swimming and boating to cycling, jogging, picnics and horse riding.
If you are planning a day out in Hyde Park, by far the quickest way to get there is to hop onto an Underground train. When staying at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London and looking to get to Hyde Park should head for the Marble Arch underground station near the hotel and get off at the Hyde Park Corner station, directly next to the park.