As part of our Mayfair Attractions Series, we’ll be exploring three of London’s best parks all within walking distance of Flemings. First up is the magnificent Hyde Park, a short stroll away from Flemings.
One of the best city parks in the world, over 350 acres in size, Hyde Park has a huge amount to offer for locals and tourists alike. You can swim, cycle or row a boat, enjoy a game of tennis or football, or get a cultural fix with the historical monuments. Or perhaps best of all, you can just relax with friends and family over a picnic hamper and soak up the atmosphere.
King Henry VIII used Hyde Park as private hunting ground in the 16th century, followed by James I. In 1637 the park was opened to the general public by Charles I, and became a place of escape for Londoners during the Great Plague of 1665. The Serpentine, now a popular destination for swimmers, was created in the 1730s by Queen Caroline.
From around the 19th century, Hyde Park became a venue for national celebrations. There were fireworks in the park in 1814 to mark the end of the Napoleonic Wars and in 1851 the Great Exhibition of industry and culture was held in Hyde Park. Flemings’ stained glass window commemorates the Great Exhibition of 1851, the same year that the hotel was founded by Robert Fleming.
Now Hyde Park is a popular venue for many major London events and concerts. Upcoming events in Hyde Park 2013 include:
- Family evening: bats, moths, fire and food 29 August
- Beat the Banana Fun Run 2013 (World Cancer Research) 5 September
- BBC Proms in the Park 7 September
- BBC Radio 2 Live 8 September
- PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final London 11 September
- Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon 6 October
If you’re looking for a hotel near Hyde Park, Flemings is just a short stroll away. Turn right onto Piccadilly, continue straight for about 10 minutes and you’ll reach Park Lane and Hyde Park Corner. From here, Hyde Park is all yours to explore!