Hyde Park – London

When we were recently travelling abroad we spent some time in London, England. What a glorious, historic and beautiful city. London, England is at the top of my all time favourite places now. I don’t know why, but there was just something about this city that made me feel welcome. Although it may now be crossed off my bucket list (if I even have one that is), it is a place that I do, one day, plan on returning to.

History is a something I enjoying immensely. I have said that before on this blog.  Yet, in London as modern as this city is I felt as if I was walking in the past. Walking the same path that so many would have walked before as we flip through the pages of History.  The very first place we visited in London, the same day we arrived was Hyde Park. What a beautiful landscape it is as you traverse the 350 acres that it makes it up. You can walk everywhere in this park with paved and unpaved paths. It seemed a place where a busy and fast paced city could come for some relaxation and just stop and take it all in.

Henry VIII acquired Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536. He would often be seen on thundering steeds in the hunt for deer. It remained a private hunting ground until James I came to the throne and permitted limited access. The King appointed a ranger to take charge of the park. It was Charles I who changed the nature of the park completely. He had, in 1637,  opened the park to the public.

Bigger changes happened when William and Mary became king and queen in 1689. They bought Nottingham House on the western edge of the park. They renamed it Kensington Palace and made it their new home. A famous royal couple by the name of William and Kate make it their home today.  To get from Kensington to Westminster, they created a processional route through Hyde Park. It was lit by 300 oil lamps and was the first road in England to be lit at night. The road was called route de roi or King’s Road but the name became corrupted to Rotten Row.  Although no longer lit by oil, these lamps still stand today.

Hyde Park is one beautiful place. The history and its role in the everyday lives of the citizens of London has existed for close to 500 years.  The park is vast with many places to sit and relax. In this shot you can see the top of Kensington Palace in the distance.

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8 thoughts on “Hyde Park – London

    1. Thanks…. I have been back for a few weeks but then we took off to Myrtle Beach for a bit and alas I have been neglecting my blogging friends… promise to get everyone up to speed…. before the next trip…

  1. Oh it made me remembering those old good times when I was a student in London… I used to live in the Queen street nest to this beautiful Park, and also the Green park was a 5 minutes walk from here. I miss that city so much! Thanks for making me remember;)

  2. We were there in August and also loved London!! However, Hyde Park was not nearly that green when we were there. They had just gone through a dry spell, so the grass was pretty burnt. We walked all through Kensington Park and Hyde Park, not realizing how huge they are, and we ended up pretty tired by the time we got back to our hotel. Did you stay in that area? We were at the Kensington Close Hotel and loved it!

    1. We arrived toward the end of August. We spent a few hours walking around as we had just arrived the same day from Manchester where we started our journey into England. We stayed at the London Hilton Metropole which was about a 15 minute walk from the park. We loved how easy it was to get around this great city. We took the hop on hop off bus but also walked to many other locations. As great as this city was I would never have wanted to drive in it… not to mention the fact they use the wrong side of the road!…lol

      1. We didn’t drive over there either – no way!! We walked and took public transportation everywhere. In London we had an Oyster pass which we could use on buses or the tube, so we didn’t have to have the exact change. It was great.

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