Hyde Park is the largest Royal Park in London. It is the largest of four Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park and passes the main entrance of Buckingham Palace. It is bounded on the north by Bayswater Road, to the east by Park Lane, and to the south by Knightsbridge. Further north is Paddington, further east is Mayfair and further south is Belgravia.To the southeast, outside the park, is Hyde Park Corner, beyond which is Green Park, St. James' Park and Buckingham Palace Gardens. The park also includes the Serpentine Lake and the Long Water. Hyde Park covers 350 acres and Kensington Gardens covers 275 acres, giving a total area of 625 acres. During daylight, the two parks merge seamlessly into each other, but Kensington Gardens closes at dusk, and Hyde Park remains open throughout the year from 5 a.m. until midnight.
Free speech and demonstrations have been a key feature of Hyde Park since the 19th century. Speaker's Corner has been established as a point of free speech and debate since 1872, while the Chartists, the Reform League, the suffragettes, and the Stop the War Coalition have all held protests there. In the late 20th century, the park became known for holding large-scale music concertsespecially during the Summer. Many world renowned artists have played here to thousands of fans.
At around 350 acres and with over 4,000 trees Hyde Park is one of the greatest city parks in the world. There is a large lake, ornamental gardens, fountains, play areas, horse riding tracks, cafes and restaurants - take some time out for a picnic lunch in the park and you might forget that you are right in the centre of London. Hyde Park is just a short walk from the Princes Square in Bayswater.