Top 5 things to do in the Royal Parks this summer

Serpentine Lake

The Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of London. Close to Hyde Park, a short stroll to Regent’s Park, and of course Green Park, we pride ourselves on promoting the great outdoors. And this starts with the city’s royal parks.

With summer just around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time to celebrate these stunning parks right on our doorstep and showcase what’s going on throughout the next few months.

Serpentine Lido – Hyde Park

Open seven days a week from June 1st to September 12th, the Serpentine Lido and its accompanying paddling pool provide the perfect place to cool off for all the family. The open lido is great for splashing around in and perfecting strokes, while the children’s play area, which includes swings, a slide, and a climbing frame around the paddling pool, will ensure everyone has their chance to shine.

Serpentine Lake
Home to the oldest swimming club in Britain, the Serpentine Swimming Club, the Club swimmers jump in to the Lido every day at 6:00am and 9:30am for a refreshing dip.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the Lido Cafe Bar, which has waterside tables, is the ideal place to refuel and enjoy a snack or a glass of wine.

Midsummer Horse Drawn Rides – Richmond Park

Go back in time in London’s largest Royal Park with a horse drawn Landau carriage. A treat for the family or a group of friends, the carriages can seat up to four people. Providing a unique behind-the-scenes view of the working stables, the 90 minute activity includes a 60-minute ride through the park. Tickets can be purchased here.

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School – Regent’s Park

We’re heading to Regent’s Park this time for a flying lesson. If you’ve always wanted to head up into the tree tops, then this is your chance. The Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School is set to return for a summer of Flying Trapeze in the Royal Park. Open to anyone, the two-hour drop-in classes and courses have hosted those from aged 8 to 78. Starting with a warm up, thrill-seekers then move on to practice a simple trick on the low bar, before attempting a trick on the Flying Trapeze. Once they’ve mastered this, they can then have a go at being caught by a catcher on a separate swinging bar. So go on, let your inner circus performer out! Find out more by visiting the dedicated webpage.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time – Hyde Park

Another great attraction in Hyde Park is the musical extravaganza, BST HP. Set to host some of the biggest acts in the world, including Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, Green Day, Phil Collins, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the festival has grown in popularity since its first outing in 2013.

As well as being a music-first festival, there’s also plenty to keep you busy in-between acts, such as street food stands, craft beer tents, entertainment, DJs, live tennis on the big screen, and sporting pursuits to try for yourself. In the evening you can also catch a film under the stars as open-air movie nights are back. Tickets can be purchased here, with open house providing free entry on Mon 3rd, Tues 4th, Weds 5th & Fri 7th July.

Kensington Gardens

Bat Walk Walking Tour – Kensington Gardens

A guided walk through Kensington Gardens will provide the basis for this evening walking tour. An excursion searching for bat species, you will learn about these incredible creatures, while being provided with bat detectors that make bats’ echo-location calls audible to the human ear so you can really get to understand these nocturnal animals’ habits. There’s also a number of fun quizzes and games to play along the way, which will help you to separate the bat facts from bat fiction. Tickets can be purchased here.

So there you have it – our top five picks for summer fun in London’s Royal Parks. If you’re on the hunt for a place to lay your head, the Grand Royale hotel London Hyde Park provides the ideal base for you to explore the lush greenery dotted around the city.