IS HYDE PARK IN LONDON REALLY WORTH VISITING?
A nice green space in London, but watch out for the Deck-Chair Police!
A much-needed oasis for some amongst the hustle and bustle of London, Hyde Park is spread over 145 acres. It is sometimes used as a concert venue and has hosted numerous events over the years, the most famous being The Great Exhibition of 1851.
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During a visit to London, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and go and explore. I have to admit, I was really underwhelmed. Hyde Park is simply just that – a park! There isn’t too much that is regal or special about it. It’s just a large green space where the locals and tourists go to sit on the grass and eat their lunch or catch up with friends.
After walking around all day, I was pretty tired, so after finding some comfy-looking deck chairs near the lake, I decided to sit for a short rest. You would have thought that I had been sitting on a sun lounger at a popular beach on the Costa Del Sol, in Spain as some authoritative looking men came over and tried to charge an exuberant fee, just to sit on
them. I honestly thought that they were free for the public to enjoy. So make sure you only sit on the grass unless you are willing to part with a month’s salary because the “Deck-Chair-Police” (as I call them) will be straight over to charge you if you make the same mistake I did!
Anyway, I didn’t want to pay, so instead, I went for a wander around to check out the sights. It’s no Central Park in New York, where you’re spoilt for things to see and do. I managed to locate a couple of nice paths lined with plants and a lake which has a memorial to the late Princess Diana, but other than this, I can’t write much more about it as there isn’t much else to say, unfortunately.
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Thanks for reading my post on my adventures in Hyde Park, London. Despite having a little break from the crowds, I was so disappointed with this space. It could be so much more. Having visited other beautiful gardens around the world, I would have thought there would be different sections like a formal garden or Japanese gardens, etc. But for London’s main garden, it was very dull. Then the ‘deck-chair’ police wanted to charge me for sitting down on a chair? Erm… no thanks! Is there something I’m missing about Hyde Park? Are there other nice areas to explore here that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below.
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