A Rated Guide to Hyde Park, London


Chapter 6 : HYDE PARK

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One of the Royal Parks of London, Hyde Park is one of the largest city parks in the world. Covering 350 acres of land, the park comes with more than 4000 trees, a meadow, a large lake and beautiful flower gardens. Once in the park, it’s obvious how you forget you are right in the heart of the busy and bustling London.

What draws everyone to Hyde Park is that it has something for all. One can enjoy everything from boating, skating, cycling and swimming to horse riding and tennis. Hyde Park also houses buildings like the Joy of Life fountain, The Serpentine Bridge and the famous Archiles statue. The two lakeside restaurants serve everything from a cup of coffee to an elaborate three-course meal. You can also go to Speaker’s Corner to listen what some of the famous orators have to say.

Food and Drink

Hyde Park offers numerous cafes, kiosks and restaurants to choose from.

Serpentine Bar and Kitchen

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Patrick Gwynne’s well recognized building on the eastern periphery of the Serpentine in Hyde Park brings to you the famous Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. The place is influenced by English country living. Their menu includes delicious meals and snacks, sandwiches and salads, cakes and pudding.

Lido Bar and Café

Lovely place to enjoy food, Lido Bar and Café comes with a large alfresco dining space and offers a view that is unbeatable. The place is licensed for alcohol. It is situated near the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

Top-rated attractions around

Kensington Palace and Gardens

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Kensington Palace is a royal residence in Kensington Gardens in London. The residence of the British Royal Family, it is the official abode of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. Some of the highlights include the impressive Queen’s staircase by Sir Christopher Wren and the quarters of Queen Victoria to name a few.

Albert Memorial

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Albert Memorial is a 180ft Victorian bronze gilt statue which is situated in Kensington Gardens.  It is a tribute to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. The memorial captures a love story that stood the test of time. At the time of its completion, Albert Memorial was considered as being one of the costliest works in granite of the era.

Visitors can walk around the memorial for free. They can also join one of the guided tours.

Oxford Street

If you like to shop, this is the place for you. With more than 300 shops, 5 million square feet of space and more than 200 million visitors every year, Oxford Street is undoubtedly London’s busiest street. Oxford Street brings to you an excellent selection of international designers available. Also, there are numerous great cafes and restaurants to chill out. When it comes to high street fashion, Oxford Street it is! Some of the shops include Zara, Mango, Topman and French Connection. Most of the shops open from 10am to 6 or 7pm.

Natural History Museum

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Home to over 70 million specimens from all around the world, the Natural History Museum is a very popular attraction. One of the most popular exhibits in the museum is the Dinosaur Gallery. Children can enjoy interesting activities through educational tools and art galleries.

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Founded in 1852, V & A museum houses over 4 million items spanning numerous centuries and cultures. The collection covers Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic art and artifacts like ceramics, glass, costume, and weaponry. The building is a mix of Edwardian and Victorian design.

Science Museum

Located in South Kensington, the extremely interactive and engaging Science Museum is home to an excellent collection in the area of Science. With over 15000 objects on display including objects like Stephenson’s Rocket, the museum is a must-visit. The King George III Collection of scientific instruments shows 18th century science.

Accommodation and Travel

When it comes to staying in London, a place close to the beautiful Hyde Park is definitely a preferred option. Some of the areas in the vicinity include South Kensington and Piccadilly. With famous attractions around, charming shopping areas and a plethora of eateries, these areas offer it all. Ratedapartments offers an exhaustive range of well furnished serviced apartments in places close to Hyde Park. Check out top properties on http://www.ratedapartments.com by clicking on the images below.

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Hyde Park Corner tube station, a London underground station close to Hyde Park corner in Hyde Park offers you a hassle-free way of travelling.

A Rated Guide to Kensington, London


CHAPTER 4: KENSINGTON

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A district within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in Central London, Kensington is known for its beautiful buildings, impressive gardens, grand museums and royal palaces. The profound history of Kensington  never fails to impress traveler. Needless to say, a trip to London is incomplete without a visit to this culturally rich area.

Read further and know more about Kensington.

Attractions

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Royal Albert Hall: Situated in South Kensington, Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its magnificent auditorium hosts over 350 shows a year by some of the most popular artists. The events include ballet and opera, classical concerts, charity performances and others. Royal Albert Hall was opened in the year 1871 by Queen Victoria and has today become one of London’s treasured buildings. The hall is a registered charity and operates without public or government funding.

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 Attracting millions of tourists, Kensington Gardens are one of London’s most royal parks. It lies immediately to the west of Hyde Park.  It covers an area of 270 acres and comprises Albert Memorial, the Italian Gardens and Kensington Palace to name a few. Magnificent trees and attractive flowers make this place a must visit.

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Albert Memorial is situated in Kensington Gardens. It was specially made by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband, Prince Albert. The memorial was designed in the Gothic Revival Style and was opened in the year 1872. The memorial is 54 m tall and took more than 10 years to complete. When in London, you can’t miss to visit this place.

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South Kensington: Home of museums, for all ages.

Some of these museums include:

–  Victoria and Albert Museums: Check out art and design including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, paintings and sculptures from past thousands of years.

–   Science Museum: This one caters to kids! This interactive garden is specifically designed for kids under five.

–   Natural History Museum: Confront a giant T-rex or experience an earthquake in the Power Within zone.

 Accommodation and Travel

Staying in Kensington offers one the luxury to be close to the city’s most popular attractions. The wonderful green expanse of Kensington Gardens is not far. That’s not it! The Serpentine boating lake, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground and Hyde Park are around. Kensington is as good for adults as it is for kids. London’s legendary West End can be easily reached by tube. The lively Soho is also nearby. The excellent neighbourhood is what makes Kensington one of the most preffered places to base your stay in London.

Ratedapartments.com offers a wide range of serviced apartments in Kensington. Meticulously designed to match up to the beautiful vicinity, the apartments offer one a perfect way to experience London. Exuding class and a distinctive charm, the apartments come extremely well equipped to meet the needs of a smart traveler. Here are a few of our premium apartments, click to view:

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Kensington offers excellent connectivity to various parts of London. Most of it is served by Gloucester Road, South Kensington and High Street Kensington tube stations.

Would you like to know the other side of Kensington? The happening one! Stay tuned as we bring to you the lively and effervescent side of Kensington.