5 brilliant attractions surrounding Hyde Park

Central London has some of the world’s best-loved attractions.  Visitors staying at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel are ideally placed to visit many of them within half an hour’s travel.

The luxury London hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Hyde Park – one of the capital’s largest parks – which acts as a great central spot to branch off to other tremendous attractions.

Here, we’ve handpicked just some of the top-rated attractions within walking distance of Hyde Park:

Hyde Park itself

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It would be remiss of us to talk about the amazing locations around Hyde Park without mentioning some of the brilliant features of the 350-acre park itself.

This Royal Park is one of London’s most famous green spaces, enclosing the astonishing memorial fountain to Diana, Princess of Wales – which comprises 545 pieces of Cornish granite – the original Speaker’s Corner, and around Christmas, the free-to-visit Winter Wonderland.

Buckingham Palace

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Often referred to as the home of the Queen, Buckingham Palace is more formally described as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch, serving as the London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837.

Buckingham Palace
You can witness the fascinating Changing of the Guard any time of the year around 11am, but, for a fee, you can actually set foot in the Palace’s State Rooms and Queen’s Gallery in August and September.

Kensington Palace

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There’s more than one palace within walking distance of Hyde Park.

Located just to the west of Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Again, the public can view the State Rooms while the palace also displays many paintings and items from the Royal Collection.

Wellington Arch

(Apsley Way, W1J 7JZ)

Originally built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace in 1830, Wellington Arch was later relocated below Hyde Park to become a victory arch proclaiming Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon.

It is topped by the largest bronze sculpture in Europe and depicts the Angel of Peace descending on the ‘Quadriga’ – or four-horsed chariot – of war.

The Wallace Collection

(Hertford House, Marylebone, W1U 3BN)

Housed in a historic London townhouse, this national museum features 25 galleries containing French 18th-century paintings, furniture and porcelain, superb Old Master paintings and a world-class armoury. Admission is free.

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