Hyde Park Corner
If you're thinking of booking a hotel near Hyde Park Corner with Lastminute.com why not explore one of London's most famous parks which is home to a number of famous landmarks?
Hyde Park Corner has been a traditional site for speeches and public debate since the 1800s and those who have spoken here include Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell. Even today on Sunday mornings it's not unusual to see crowds gathered at Speakers' Corner in the north-east of the park to hear people expound their views. But the 350-acre open space is also home to other famous landmarks including Serpentine Lake and Princess Diana Fountain, one of many memorials here.
Arts and culture
Check out what's on at Serpentine Galleries which are among London's most popular art galleries showing a range of modern and contemporary art. As well as staging regular exhibitions the venue, admission to which is free, also hosts talks, walks, conversations and screenings and Park Nights featuring live art, poetry, performance and film. It also holds Marathons, an annual festival of ideas.
And make time for a visit to Apsley House, former home of the Duke of Wellington (closed for refurbishment until April 2015), one of the less-heralded of London's cultural treasures. The Grade I-listed building, also know as Number 1, London, is today run as a museum and art gallery and is perhaps the only preserved example of an aristocratic town house from this period. The gallery has 200 paintings, 83 of which were acquired by the Duke, including a superb Rembrandt self-portrait.
Things to see and do
Hyde Park is used for a range of leisure activities. Take to the Serpentine in a rowing or pedal boat or enjoy a dip. Play pitch and putt or have a game of tennis at Hyde Park Tennis and Sports Centre. Ride a horse – the hire of horses and private lessons are available at two stables. Children will love the adventure playground. Join in one of the games of footie or relax at the Pavilion café.
And less than 15 minutes' stroll from Hyde Park Corner is the opulent Brompton Oratory, a 19th-century church built in the Italianate Baroque style and the subject of a song by Nick Cave. It's London's second largest Catholic church and is an exact copy of the Church of the Gesu in Rome.
Eating and drinking
With splendid views along the Serpentine and a large alfresco dining area the Lido Bar and Café in Hyde Park is a great place to grab a light bite and enjoy a drink while Serpentine Bar and Kitchen serves a wide variety of hot meals, sandwiches, salads, cakes and puddings and hot and cold drinks.
Or for something with a little more pizazz, sample fine Indian cooking at the Michelin-starred Amaya in nearby Motcombe Street, Knightsbridge. Sample the award-winning Indian-style tapas.
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