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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
April 20, 2011
From journal 4 Days in London
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
November 30, 2010
Going To London,
London Part 2
by The Breeze
April 3, 2006
From journal I Love London!
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 3, 2005
Henry VIII acquired the park from the monks of Westminster Abby in 1536. At that time, it was private property of the king. James I opened it to limited public use. But it was Charles I who opened it to the public to enjoy in 1637. He added the ring section at that time. Today, the park is run by the Royal Park Service.
Once inside, you can roam the 350 areas at your leisure. There are walking paths all over the place. We were here in the fall, and the beauty of the autumn trees abounded in this place of beauty. I can just imagine how this places bursts from the dozens of colors in the flowers found all over in the spring. There are a number of beautiful statutes and fountains all over the place. There is a beautiful lake not too far from the entrance. Here, you get a wonderful view of London, and you will find an abundance of waterfowl that make this their home. There is an incredible marbled, arched entrance. There are plenty of places to sit and reflect. Or just stretch out in the grass and let your mind wonder for a while.
Here you can try rollerblading, rowing, bird-watching, bike riding, and horseback riding. They offer a playground and educational center for children, they do offer restrooms, and there are several places to grab a bite on the grounds. In the summer, there are a number of concerts on the green.
The memory of the late Princess Diana still lingers on here. There is a Princess Diana memorial walkway and a memorial fountain. This park was one of her favorite places to visit. When she was taken too soon from us in 1997, many people gathered here in her honor. This place was seen countless times in the weeks that followed, filled with many mourners remembering their princess.
When in London, you should take the time to visit. It is truly a beautiful place, and a place to escape and unwind for a while. There is no entrance fee to get in. The park is open from 5am to midnight year-round. There are several Tube stops, but the closest is Hyde Park. You can visit them on the web for more information at www.royalparks.gov.uk.
From journal Historic London
March 23, 2005
From journal Three Weeks in London
London, United Kingdom
April 10, 2002
From journal Government, Greenery and Glory - Public London
April 8, 2002
From journal 6 Days in London
April 1, 2002
My favorite sites included the Albert Memorial (see below), the Serpentine (the large lake), the Italian fountains, and the Garden walk. Every direction you turn you will find something interesting or historical. You will also find gardens galore with a surprisingly beautiful selection of flowers. Finally, you will see people relaxing, rollerblading, kissing, talking and generally just having a good time.
Take your time and walk around the park. End up in the Southeast corner and walk through Wellington's Arch into Green Park (next to Buckingham Palace) if you want even more gardens and park space.
From journal Wandering Around London
Tacoma, New South Wales, Australia
February 16, 2002
It's a place where kids can race around, kick a ball, get some exercise, or adults can take a few minutes to relax, read a book in the sun or have a quiet picnic lunch, whatever you fancy.
What's good is it doesn't cost a thing.
If you are on a sightseeing trek you can use the park as a way to reach the many different attractions in London, but be warned- some of them are quite a distance.
There are street markets located at the Lancaster Gate side of the park during the weekends. The stalls are mostly Arts and Crafts stalls.
Harrods is located at the opposite, Knightsbridge side, Speakers Corner at the Marble Arch corner and Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace at the High Street Kensington side.
From journal London - Memories that will be treasured for life
Little Rock,, Arkansas
August 2, 2001
From journal London's Legacies