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Hyde Park


Officially declared the world’s first National Park City in July 2019, London boasts some three thousand parks covering almost 18 per cent of the city. Designated public open spaces, London’s parks are so different in size and landscape that it can be hard to choose a favourite. Nevertheless, here is a selective top five:

Hyde Park
Hyde Park offers something for everyone. It’s a place of performance, from Speakers’ Corner to rock concerts and fairgrounds. At its centre is London’s oldest boating lake, The Serpentine, with facilities for swimming and swans gracing its surface. The Serpentine Gallery offers free renowned contemporary art exhibitions within a short stroll of the Albert Memorial and the serenity of Christopher Wren’s Italian Gardens. There’s time for remembrance in the Holocaust Memorial Garden and reflection at the Princess Diana Memorial Walk and fountain. Nearby Kensington Palace was once Diana’s home and today is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate.