Hyde Park is not only a central point on London’s map which marks an ideal meeting spot and is one of the largest green spaces in the city. It is also considered one of London’s most popular standalone attractions, sharing its border with a plethora of surrounding accommodation near Hyde Park London, attractions, eateries, and more.
In this blog, we’re spotlighting some of the best things to do within walking distance of Hyde Park, helping you to plan your next London adventure without needing to worry about transportation or taxis.
Head out of Hyde Park via Marble Arch and you will find yourself at the top end of Oxford Street – home to more high street stores than you could possibly hope for, with off-shoots of high end and designer streets leading down towards Mayfair and beyond.
Regent’s Street marks the midway point of Oxford Street, which heads north towards the iconic BBC studios and south towards Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square beyond. Choosing to head down Regent’s Street will take you towards the National Portrait Gallery and Buckingham Palace via Mayfair, or you can continue down Oxford Street until you reach Tottenham Court Road.
Heading West through Hyde Park takes you to Kensington Gardens and the outskirts of Kensington Palace – home to the Prince and Princess of Wales, and a great place to go if you’re keen to explore the ornate gardens and find the Princess Diana memorial fountain among other highlights.
Kensington Gardens is located a stone’s throw from the Park Avenue J Hotel Hyde Park and other top hotels, making this a great morning walk direct from your hotel.
This is a fair walk away, so for those not keen on longer walks we recommend breaking protocol and hiring a Boris bike for this one. However, it’s well worth the journey – with Regent’s Park another iconic London park which shares its borders with ZSL London Zoo and other highlights including St John’s Wood and Abbey Road beyond. Regent’s Park plays host to a number of events throughout the year and is overlooked by some of London’s most impressive townhouses – not to mention it’s seconds away from Baker Street, made famous by Sherlock Holmes himself.
River Thames and Thames Path
Heading south out of Hyde Park will bring you to the River Thames and the Thames Path – along which you can wander to your hearts’ content, heading east towards Tower Bridge past the London Eye, or west towards Chelsea. Either way, you will find plenty of places to enjoy breakfast near Hyde Park and bars to stop off at along the way.
Some of the top hotels near Hyde Park boast exquisite bars and restaurants, as well as spas and other facilities which make for the perfect girls day out. Whether you’re looking for a high end afternoon tea or want to enjoy the ultimate rest day from the comfort of a hotel spa, when it comes to finding the best spots, Hyde Park is an ideal point from which to start.
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