by Gill Chris
Hyde Park covers 350 acres in the centre of London and is one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks.
It is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Diana Memorial Fountain which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 6 July 2004. The design of the fountain 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. There are three bridges where you can cross the water and go right to the heart of the fountain.
Speakers’ Corner in the park is a historic site for public speaking and historic figures such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell were known to often use the area to demonstrate free speech. Even today, on a Sunday morning, it’s not unusual to find crowds gathering at Speakers’ Corner to listen to enthusiasts expounding their views.
The park also offers various recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding.
You can find out much more about the park and plan your visit here.