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The Hidden Treasures of London’s Parks: Hyde Park
London, W2 2UH
Opening Times: 5am-12am

1. The Serpentine Lido
Park Entrance: Hyde Park Corner Entrance

If you have never experienced the wonders of the Serpentine during a London heat wave, you are in for a nice surprise. Perfect for families on a hot day, the Serpentine Lido offers deck chairs and large sunbathing areas as well as a vast swimming area, cordoned off from the boats. Relax and cool off in the centre of London! The Lido is also equipped with a child-safe paddle pool and playground.

T: 020 7706 3422
Opening Times: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm

Entry Prices

Adult: £4.60 (£4.10 after 4pm)
Concessions: £3.60 (£3.10 after 4pm)

Child: £1.60 (£1.10 after 4pm)

Family Ticket: £10.50 (2 adults and up to 4 children)  (£9 after 4pm)
Sun lounger: £3.50 rental price for the whole day.

2. The Serpentine Boating
Park Entrance: Hyde Park Corner Entrance

If you are not up for a dip why not walkround- directly opposite from the Lido- to the Serpentine boating area? They offer both pedal and rowing boats for rental, ideal for a romantic date or some family fun.

T: 020 7262 1330  (Blue Bird Boats)
Opening Times: 10am-8pm (Summer)

Boating Prices

Adults: £12 for 1 hour or £10 for 30 minutes.
Child: £5 for 1 hour or £4 for 30 minutes(under 15)
Family: £29 for 1 hour or  £24 for 30 minutes (2 adults and 2 children)

3. Sports Facilities
Area: Western End, Between West Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive

Again, if you are thinking of knocking a ball around or feel like playing a game of summer lawn bowls, the Hyde Park Tennis and Sports Centre is a great place to go. Tennis camps, lawn bowls, a fitness centre and a nine-hole putting green in central London certainly make it worth a visit during the summer months.

T: 0207 262 3474
Opening Times: Varies month to month

4. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
Park Entrance: Hyde Park Corner Entrance

If you have not been to the Diana Memorial Fountain, it is certainly worth a visit! It is a beautiful work of art made from Cornish Granite with an aim to reflect Princess Diana’s life. The water flows, swirls and cascades around and is well filtered, so it is a great spot to cool your feet on a hot day! It is a special place with a lovely atmosphere.

Opening Times: 10am-8pm/7pm (August/September)

5. Horse Riding in Hyde Park
63 Bathurst Mews, London W2 2SB

If your kids are desperate for a horse but you just do not have the room for one in your garden, Hyde Park Stables is a great alternative. They offer both group and private lessons for everyone from the age of five years up, as well as private and group rides. Located just along from the Lancaster Gate entrance, it is a stone’s throw away from the vast expanse of Hyde Park (a horse riding haven).

T: 020 7723 2813
Opening Times: 9pm-5pm

London, W2 2UH
Opening Times: 6am-9.45pm

T: 0300 061 2000

1. The Italian Gardens
Area: North Side of Kensington Gardens near Lancaster Gate

The gardens are a Grade II listed site by English Heritage and most people do not even know they exist. They consist of elaborately carved marble, Portland stone and a white marble Tazza Fountain with water running off into The Long Water and onto The Serpentine. A lovely spot for an early evening walk for the whole family.

2. The Peter Pan Statue
Area: To the West of The Long Water

If you have little ones who love Peter Pan, this is a spot you NEED to visit. J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, used Kensington Gardens as inspiration for his story. In his tale- Peter Pan, The Little White Bird- Peter flies out of his nursery and lands beside The Long Water. The statue is located on this exact spot. It features squirrels, rabbits, mice and fairies climbing up to Peter, who is stood at the top of the bronze statue.

3. Diana Memorial Playground
Area: Next to Kensington Palace

This children’s wonderland is based on the tales of Peter Pan and was built in 2000, to commemorate Diana, Princess of Wales. There is a sensory trail, a beach surrounding Captain Hook’s Pirate ship, teepees, toys and play sculptures. The playground has been designed so that there is an area for both less able and able-bodied children to play together. It seeks to cultivate the physical, creative, social and educational development of the children by encouraging them to explore and follow their imaginations. There is also plenty of seating so the grown-ups can relax!

Opening Times: 10am
Closing Times: Varies month to month

Age limit: 12 years old

4. The Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

The Serpentine Gallery has an exciting collection of contemporary art and architecture, which follows the seasons of the year, with exhibitions timed to take place in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. The gallery hosts a number of fun and interactive events throughout the summer, consisting of live art, music, poetry, film and literature- a great educational activity for everyone!

T: 020 7402 6075
Opening Times: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm
Admissions: Free

5. Kensington Palace
Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX

An obvious stop off if you have never been; Kensington Palace is the current London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It overlooks the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens and has been a royal residence since the 17th Century. Areas of the palace are open to the public such as the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments and the gardens. It is a fun and cultural trip that will keep even the young ones entertained!

T:  020 3166 6311
Opening Times: 10am-6pm

Adults: £16.50
Children (Under 16): Free

6. The Allotment in Kensington Gardens
Park Entrance: Victoria Gate (Located next to The Magazine and Serpentine Bridge)

Kensington Gardens has followed suit and set up an allotment, following the great success of the allotment in St James’s Park. For urban kids, the allotment provides a small taster of the countryside where they can wander round and learn all about growing their own fruit and vegetables. Additionally, the allotment keeps chickens, which is another nice touch!

T: 030 0061 2000
Opening Times: 9.30am-4pm

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