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Hyde Park Area Guide

Famous for its Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park covers 350 acres, making it the largest green space in Central London, and one of the Royal Parks of London. It was originally created to provide a huge private hunting ground for Henry VIII, though it has gone through a number of changes since, including the complete transformation of the park by King George IV in the 1820s.


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Introduction to Hyde Park Area

When the Great Exhibition was held in 1851 the Crystal Palace was built inside the park; however, this was only ever a temporary arrangement, and it was later moved to Sydenham, in South London. Since then there have been very few changes, the most notable of which was the memorial fountain for Diana, Princess of Wales.

Did you know that Hyde Park also has deep-rooted connections to cinema? In January 1889 British inventor William Friese-Greene filmed the world’s first moving pictures near Apsley Gate. Hyde Park has seen many movies made within its grounds since then, and it’s still regularly used as a film location. Public speaking is another part of the park’s heritage, after an Act of Parliament set aside an area of the park in 1872 for people to publicly debate and speak, which they still do today.

Connaught Village is part of the Hyde Park Estate, though it is just north of Hyde Park. Owned by the Church, it is a popular and desirable village with fashionable boutiques, and is even home to a Jimmy Choo store, the famous shoemaker. Due to its appeal, property to buy or rent in Connaught Village often turns over extremely quickly.

Famous residents

Being highly desirable and benefiting from a central location means the Hyde Park Estate continues to attract many notable people. Connaught Square is particularly popular with those in the know, and has been the home of ballerina Marie Taglioni, author Nigel Balchin and world famous DJ, Paul Oakenfold,. Other former and present residents include the former Prime Minister Tony Blair, TV presenters Claudia Winkleman and Nina de Roy, popstar Kylie Minogue as well as the wealthiest man in Kazakhstan, Vladimir Kim.

Family friendly living

Hyde Park itself has so much to offer families; covering 350 acres it is one of London’s finest landscapes. In the summer you can enjoy the Serpentine Lido and paddling pool, perfect for cooling down in the city’s heat. If you prefer to be on the water rather than in it, you can hire rowing and pedal boats to take in the scenery as you sail on the Serpentine Lake. A short distance away is the fascinating Science Museum, with lots to see, touch and do it will keep your little ones busy and entertained, as they learn about our scientific history in all its glory.

Green spaces

Hyde Park is one of the eight Royal Parks of London and is known for being one of the greatest city parks in the world. Preserving the park’s unique habitat is of great importance, as well as encouraging new species; if you look around, you will see a wonderful and diverse array of flora and fauna. The meadow is one of our favourite places; it’s bursting with wild flowers during the summer, and you can see many butterflies, with all their unique colours and patterns – it really is a sight to behold.

All the Royal Parks are within easy distance of Hyde Park, they include:
Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, St James’s Park, The Green Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill and Greenwich Park

West London boutiques

A day in the life …

“You’re up bright and early, and as you venture close to the edge of Hyde Park you can’t help but be caught up in the allure of Oxford Street, bursting with designer and retail brands. You love to also explore Regent Street and Bond Street; their luxurious offerings make it hard to resist making a purchase. But today you fancy a change, and a touch of culture, so you’re going to Whiteleys Shopping Centre. A tip-toe away from Kensington Gardens, this Grade II listed building has retained its sweeping La Scala staircase and striking tiered atrium. It is not just the beauty of the architecture that draws you in, but the rags to riches story of its founder, who back in 1845 left Leeds with £10 in his pocket, off to make his fortune in London. As you wander back through Kensington Gardens your eye catches sight of the Serpentine Gallery; it looks like rain, so you take that as your signal to peruse the latest exhibitions. Each time you visit you understand why it is one of London’s best-loved galleries, with fabulous collections showcasing a range of contemporary art and architecture by established and emerging artists. Time seems to have run away with you, as you have got lost amidst the works of art on display, and it is time to meet your friends for dinner. The obvious choice would have been Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, but you have decided to dine at Corrigan's Mayfair; the combination of slightly quirky décor, delicious food and seasonal cocktails is just what you need. Your evening isn’t over yet, as you have tickets to the latest production at The Royal Albert Hall. Finally, your night draws to a close; you have experienced so much, yet not ventured far.”

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Hyde Park School
24 Elvaston Place
London SW7 5NL
020 7225 3131

Holland Park School
Airlie Gardens
Campden Hill Road
London W8 7AF
020 7908 1000

International Community School
21 Star Street
London W2 1QB
020 7402 9273
SKOLA Group Ltd
7B Wyndham Place
London W1H 1PN
020 7298 8877
Kingsdale Foundation School
Alleyn Park
London SE21 8SQ
020 8670 7575

St Stephen's C of E Primary School  
91-99 Westbourne Park Road
London W2 5QH
020 7641 4488
La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School 
Atkins Road
Clapham Park
London SW12 0AB
020 8673 5644

Nursery schools

Paint Pots Montessori School Hyde Park
St Johns Church
Hyde Park Crescent
London W2 2QD
020 7402 2529

Hyde Park Village Nursery
35 Craven Terrace
London W2 3EL
020 7724 8640

Hyde Park School
24 Elvaston Place
London SW7 5NL
020 7225 3131

Trains: Marylebone Station (to destinations including Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford-upon- Avon and Birmingham).

Victoria Railway Station services the south, including Brighton and Gatwick Airport. The new Elizabeth Line Crossrail will also stop at Bond Street from 2018.

Underground: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly), Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly), Lancaster Gate (Central), Queensway (Central).

Buses: You will find a whole host of bus services, servicing over 10 bus routes, including the 12, 414 and 74, to name just a few.

The Bush Doctors Surgery
West 12 Shopping Centre
London W12 8PP
020 8749 1882

Knightsbridge Doctors
15 Basil Mansions
Basil Street
London SW3 1AP
020 7589 8965

Doctorcall - Private GP Clinic
121 Harley Street
London W1G 6AX
0844 257 9507

The London Clinic
20 Devonshire Place
London W1G 6BW
020 7935 4444

St. Mary's Hospital
Praed Street
London W2 1NY marys-hospital
020 3312 6666

University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street
16-18 Westmoreland Street
London W1G 8PH
020 3456 7890

Nuffield Health London West End Health Clinic
39 Queen Anne Street
London W1G 9AZ end-medical- centre
020 7935 0894

The Princess Grace Hospital
42-52 Nottingham Place
London W1U 5NY
020 7486 1234

St. John's Chapel
Hyde Park Crescent
London W2 2QD
020 7262 1732

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)
64 - 68 Exhibition Road
London SW7 2PA
020 7838 1920

Russian Orthodox Church
67 Ennismore Gardens
London SW7 1NH
020 7584 0096

Mayfair Islamic Centre
19 Hertford Street
London W1J 7RU
020 7495 8283

Grosvenor Chapel
24 S Audley Street
London W1K 2PA
020 7499 1684

Westminster Synagogue
Kent House
Rutland Gardens
London SW7 1BX
020 7584 3953

St. Paul’s Church
32a Wilton Place
London SW1X 8SH
020 7201 9999

The Old Marylebone Town Hall
Westminster Council House
97-113 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5PT
020 7641 6000

Westminster City Hall
64 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QP
020 7641 6000

Soho Fire Station
126 Shaftsbury Avenue
London W1D 5ET
020 8555 1200

Paddington Fire Station
  156 Harrow Road
London W2 6NL

Paddington Green Police Station
2-4 Harrow Rd,
London W2 1XJ
020 7230 1212

Chelsea Fire Station
King's Road
London SW3 5UF

Little Waitrose
118-120 Brompton Road
London SW3 1JE
020 7589 3592

Tesco Express
South Wharf Road
London W2 1JX
0345 026 9156

27 Motcomb Street
London SW1X 8GG
020 7235 4958

Tesco Express
62-64 Queensway
London W2 3RL
0345 026 9296

Waitrose Kensington Gardens
  104-105 Bayswater Road
London W2 3HJ
020 7262 3714

Athenian Grocery
16a Moscow Road
London W2 4BT

Whole Foods Market
63-97 The Barkers Building
Kensington High Street
London W8 5SE
020 7368 4500

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