Hyde Park: One of the largest parks of central London, also one of the important parks of Royal Parks’ in London, forming one large green lung is known as the Hyde Park. Covering more than an extensive area of 360 acres of land this park is an ideal location for many major events, celebrations and concerts. Several extracurricular activities too are performed at this place. The history goes back with King Henry VIII confiscating the park primarily, used for hunting from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536.
Architect Decimus Burton designed the layout of the park. Queen Caroline, wife of King George II, constructed the large artificial lake, the Serpentine in 1730 which is now popular for boating and swimming. A memorial installed at the southwest of the lake was in the memory of Princess Diana. It is a circular fountain comprising 545 pieces of Cornish Granite with water flowing from two sides of the top to bottom. A four-mile long famous bridle path known as the “Rotten Row” and Speaker’s Corner form two significant elements of the Park. The north-east corner of Hyde Park is adorned by the Marble Arch, originally built in1827 forming a gateway to the Buckingham Palace.