Hyde Park covers 140 hectares (350 acres). About four centuries ago, Hyde Park was first opened to the public having previous being used as a hunting ground.
Hyde Park has a fleet of rowing and pedal boats which operate on the famous Serpentine, the pedal and row boats hold up to 6 persons each. Children under the age of 12 months are not permitted on the hire boats. Dogs are not permitted on the hire boats.
Relax with friends and family or clients as you enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Hyde Park from the water. The Solarshuttle has two extra Ship’s Wheels so that children can enjoy trying their hand at being a Captain for the trip.
The Solarshutle travels between the Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Fountain, which is on the south side of the Serpentine and where there is a car-park, to the new Boat House on the northern edge of the lake near the newly-refurbished Dell restaurant. With its sound-system, lighting and twilight cruise capability, groups, parties and special event bookings are most welcome on board. Children aged under 12 must be accompained by an adult.
Why not grab a book, magazine or even a newspaper and sit in one of the many deckchairs available in Hyde Park, take in the atmosphere, people watch and relax. A park offical will come by with a metal box to collect your money.
For over 150 years, Speaker's Corner has been one of London's most unique and eccentric attractions. On any given Sunday morning, anyone who has an opinion to air and anyone who will listen will gather at the point where Oxford Street and Hyde Park meet, in the shadows of Marble Arch and carry on an oral tradition that is becoming somewhat lost to a modern culture of email and online chat rooms.
Listening to all the free speakers can be an amazing experience, although some of the speeches can be controversial, there was no trouble. While Karl Marx, Lenin, George Orwell, and William Morris have all used this spot to express their ideals and beliefs, your average speaker isn't quite as high profile. The coherence of the speakers also varies greatly, but as a whole it makes for great street theatre. Come and watch, come and heckle, or, if you have a burning desire to share your opinions with the world, come and spout - take something to stand on and start your speech.
PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN
This unique Memorial in Hyde Park to Diana, Princess of Wales was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 6th July 2004. The fountain was built with the best materials, talent and technology. It contains 545 pieces of Cornish granite - each shaped by the latest computer-controlled machinery and pieced together using traditional skills.
The design aims to reflect Diana's life, water flows from the highest point in two directions as it cascades, swirls and bubbles before meeting in a calm pool at the bottom. The water is constantly being refreshed and is drawn from London's water table. The Memorial also symbolises Diana's quality and openness. There are three bridges where you can cross the water and go right to the heart of the fountain. We hope visitors will feel at home when they visit this special place.