Nature Travel

Hyde Park, London

Hyde Park is to London what Central Park is to New York City. Hyde Park is contiguous with Kensington Gardens, so you can start your walk in Hyde Park and walk through Kensington Gardens and end up at the Royal Albert Hall, which is what I did. You would never guess that this is where Winter Wonderland was hosted!




Rhyme & Ribbons in London
rhyme & ribbons in london, serpentine
serpentine london lake
 Trust me, no one wants to get into the Serpentine during this time of year.
riding lessons
 You can also take riding lessons in Hyde Park, which I was obviously jealous of.
We continued walking along the Serpentine until we reached The Long Water and Kensington Gardens, until we reached the Italian Gardens when the weather took a turn for the worse.
fountains kensington gardens london
 In the middle of the Italian Gardens.
fountains kensington gardens london
 It was bitingly cold. Hence both of our blue-ish tinges.
kensington gardens, london
 The Albert Memorial
concert hall, london

Royal Albert Hall

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  • One of my dreams is to see something anything at The Royal Albert Hall. Not such a big dream compared to some but I think it would just be breathtaking!

    • I really wanted to see the ballet there a few months ago but tickets were really expensive! Cirque de Soleil is on there right now. I feel like seeing something there would really feel like stepping back in time to when people used to get properly dressed up to go the theatre/ballet/concerts x

      • Yes, I love getting dressed up for things like that. When I was in elementary school The South Coast Repertory did a promo for opera season tickets at a discounted price for students so a group of mothers at my school did it and I had the best time getting dressed up and going to see the opera with my friends. Sadly now that I have to pay for it I hardly make the time for it.

        • That’s a really cool thing to have done! My grandma used to always take me to the ballet when I was little and I loved getting dressed up for it! x

  • Royal Albert Hall looks so beautiful!

    • It’s so stunning! I’ve yet to see anything there yet because tickets tend to be pricey but it’s definitely on my London bucket list! x

  • I am not embarrassed to admit that most of my knowledge about Hyde Park comes from references to duels and horse/carriage rides in romance novels. but it looks like a lovely real-life place πŸ™‚

    • That’s nothing to be ashamed about! That’s where most of my knowledge about England came from before I studied abroad the first time πŸ˜‰ x

  • I <3 Hyde Park! It's one of my favourites πŸ™‚

  • I love parks so I would love this! I want to see more pictures!

  • this looks awesome! I really want to visit one day!

  • Sooo… you would think that no one would want to swim at this time of year, but I can tell you after 5 years of living next to Hyde Park and walking through the park almost every morning to work – I have seen many people brave the Serpentine in Winter. Even when there’s snow on the ground!!! Crazy huh. Early mornings seem to be popular.
    Claire xx | somewhere… beyond the sea

    • Oh my yes! The AM Serpentine swimming club is insane! I don’t consider them regular people! Although I have a fair few friends who do the North Sea New New Year’s Day swim in Newcastle and I think that is equally crazy. (Although when I was in Newcastle for NYE a few years ago I swore I was going to give it a go, and wussed out within 2 seconds of putting my head outside the front door.) I think the water temperature the day we were in Hyde Park was around 5 C….. x

  • amitygardens

    Ugh. I am so jealous. I miss London.

    • Luckily you are close enough to come visit, right? πŸ™‚ x

      • amitygardens

        Yes! We’re only an hour away via train. I have to go to London soon so I can try on a bridesmaid dress for my sister’s wedding so perhaps we can arrange a visit soon!

  • Beautiful!

  • Blueish tinge.. you know what, I can actually see it! πŸ˜‰ Brr.. it has been a chilly winter everywhere it seems! Good for you, for wanting to go out and keep up with your adventures during the cold weather.

    • It was so chilly! I love a good day hiding in the covers in bed but I insist on still doing outdoor things otherwise my anxiety skyrockets. I am a girl that needs some good fresh air every once in a while! x

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    I love Hyde Park. Mr Tide and I visit every time we’re in London. Whatever the weather (with the exception of heavy rain) the place is beautiful. When it snowed heavily last January we walked through one morning and found the place practically deserted. It was joyous!

    • That sounds absolutely magical! It’s still beautiful in the winter (except where the ground is ruined by WInter Wonderland… ) x

  • I really enjoyed your list! Although I find the food in Atlanta to be fabulous. Atlanteans really have it made foodwise. From foodtrucks, to new interesting concept bars, to just simple, great restaurants. Obviously London is special but I have dreams about Flying Biscuit…x

    • Thanks Amanda. You are totally right, Atlanta has amazing food! Have you ever been to Mary Mac’s? Southern goodness.

      • Mary Mac’s was one of my favourite places to take out of town guests. I also love Rosebud in the VIrginia Highlands for a phenomenal brunch! x

        • :o) I’ll add it to my list of places to try! x

  • Aww, these pictures are the cutest! I love the shot of Royal Albert Hall. It’s such a beautiful building, but I somehow never made it there at night when i was in London. It’s great getting a peek at what it looks like all lit up!

    • South Kensington (in general) always holds a special place in my heart because it’s where I lived when I studied abroad the first time, as cheesy as that sounds. x

  • it’s beautiful! i so wish we had more time in london, we only had a few short hours to explore the city before heading back to the airport again! thanks so much for co hosting with us!

  • I love Royal Albert Hall! Have you been inside? So beautiful!

    • I’ve had a look inside but I’ve never seen anyone perform there! It’s on my London Bucket list too. x

  • Vanishing Point

    I love that walk. Kensington Gardens are often overlooked but they are lovely.
    Liking the photo of you and the Royal Albert Hall all lit up, beautifully captured.

  • Yet again you’re making me wish I could go to London!

  • Oooh! How lucky! When I studied abroad I lived in Chelsea- study abroad students have no idea how lucky they have it! x

  • Alliha Jonson

    Hyde Park is one of my
    favorite parks in London. I always visit it in my each and every tour. Last
    month after bus
    tours from boston to washington dc
    I visit it. It is famous for its
    Speaker’s Corner. Every year millions of visitors visit it. It is an important park
    for its history and landmarks. It covers the area of 350 acres. You can do
    there many activities horse riding, boating, cycling, tennis and open water
    swimming. I think every visitor should visit this fabulous park.

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